I've had a mixed bag of experiences with gunsmiths and having custom jobs performed.
Some of the fault was mine, and some belonged to the g'smith.
Since this is your "first" build, I'd suggest a few (obvious?) things:
First and foremost, talk with several gunsmiths and others on this forum (like you're
doing) about what they did (do), and why;
Think through the entire process BEFORE ordering or approving anything. You need to
decide before you place your order exactly which trigger you want, stock type and mfr,
rate of (rifling) twist, weight of barrel, any type of recoil reducer (whether attached to
the muzzle of your barrel or built into the stock, or both), quality of barrel and action,
etc. I've seen some M700 triggers that were smooth as wet glass after being worked
over by a competitent g'smith. And you'd be hard pressed to feel the difference between
that trigger and a Jewel trigger. Of course if money is not an issue, Jewel triggers are
tough to beat;
Don't make ANY assumptions about anything to do with your rifle! If you assume someone
knows what you mean without spelling it out, I assure you, you are most probably not going
to be satisfied with what you receive;
Don't generalize in your responses to the gunsmith you finally select. Ask for his recommendations and explain your interests/preferences and then be specific about
what you decide. If you don't understand something, or just want more information,
ASK more questions and keep asking questions until you are completely satisfied with
the answers, AND before any work is done!
Talk with others that have purchased 'custom rifles
' from some of the larger folks like
H-S Precision. Ask those customers for pros and cons. Ask for a list of references from
any g'smith you're considering so that you can contact them and find out how well their