Re: Any great Gunsmiths in Utah??
It's hard to find good gunsmiths out here in Northern Utah. I had a guy from Nightowl gunsmithing do some work for me. I asked for a Shilen trigger and he installed a Basix trigger without my consent. I asked for it to be recrowned and it's not too bad. Now for the part that really ticked me off, the glass bedding. I don't think this guy has ever glass bedded a firearm in his life or if he has, they are just as crappy. I had unequal pressure on both sides of the receiver. He went an inch longer with the bedding on one side of the receiver compared to the other. There were a lot of sharp pressure points. He also assumed that free floating is not good (which I know works on some and not others, but he never queried about the accuracy) and bedded 2 and a half inches in front of the receiver.
I will never, ever use this guy again or recommend him.
I did meet a guy down at the range after this who is a gunsmith and explained that situation to him. He took that stock off (one of the bedding screws must have been 80lbs. of torx!) examined it and showed me all the wrongness. He then explained to me the required measures to be taken and sounded like he really knew his stuff. I let him have it to re-glass bed it. He did a great job on it. He also told me if any stock problems occur with the bedding, he would do it for free (i.e. if pressure is going to be needed up front of the barrel to increase accuracy). He lives out toward West Jordan.
PM me if your interested in talking to him. Very reasonable prices and great time in getting things back (not like Barlow's Custom Guns who had my rifle for two weeks and had done nothing with it).