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Who to build a custom rifle

 
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Old 04-26-2005, 06:55 PM
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Who to build a custom rifle

I am going to have a custom rifle built and was curious as to who the forum thought was a good smith to complete the project. What I want is a 1000 to 1500 yard rifle. I have done some varmint shooting and have heard of Gordy Gritters but I was wondering if there is someone special hidden out there.
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Old 04-26-2005, 07:10 PM
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Re: Who to build a custom rifle

There are a few on this board that get great reviews from the forum members who have had rifles built.

In no particular order:
Kirby Allen (Fiftydriver)
Chris Matthews
Shawn Carlock

Everyone seems to agree that Gordy Gritters is very good too.
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:14 PM
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Re: Who to build a custom rifle

Shoot Chris Matthews an email, his work is awesome.

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Old 04-26-2005, 10:04 PM
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Re: Who to build a custom rifle

R.L.Matthews in Calhoun,Ga. is great gunsmith and machinist, just another option.I'm sure the fellows on this forum do good work as well.
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Old 04-26-2005, 10:09 PM
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Re: Who to build a custom rifle

I agree with gonehuntingagain. I have never had any of chris matthews or shawn 's work but everyone that speaks of them speaks highly and Kirby's work is top notch that I can personally attest to.
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Re: Who to build a custom rifle

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I am going to have a custom rifle built and was curious as to who the forum thought was a good smith to complete the project. What I want is a 1000 to 1500 yard rifle. I have done some varmint shooting and have heard of Gordy Gritters but I was wondering if there is someone special hidden out there.
Jay

[/ QUOTE ] Bryant Custom It is said this fellow has been able to achieve what you are looking for.
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Old 04-26-2005, 10:56 PM
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Re: Who to build a custom rifle

jayb:

This is potentially a very difficult decision for you and a very difficult recommendation for anyone to make. As far as Iím concerned Iíve never heard a single thing negative about any of the men mentioned above. I have heard nothing but praise for the quality of their work. I doubt that you would go wrong in choosing any of those mentioned above. Iíve seen examples of all their work and itís great. I also know there are many others that are capable of doing the same work. I spent a considerable length of time planning a new gun and considered the same things you mention and many others.

I chose Kirby Allen to build my new gun and I can say that Iíve never regretted the decision once. I find Kirby easy to work with, easy to reason with and find that nothing gets left to chance. Every minute detail gets worked out, everything gets planned fully and you will not be in the dark about anything. Something I would look for is that the smith you choose should be active in the type of shooting you are planning. All of those above are, so thatís a positive.

Kirby will work with you in the planning of your new gun whether itís a rebuild, remodel, re-barrel, upgrade or a full blown custom. You will find that it really makes it easier to work with a gunsmith that has done it all many times before.

Your decision may even come down to where you are located in relation to the gunsmith you choose. If you live close to a competent gunsmith that may influence you decision however with shipping as easy as it is, everybody is only a day or two away.

If youíre like me the hardest part, after making the gunsmith and component decisions is the waiting. I bug Kirby occasionally but have found that as each step progresses and status changes that I am informed. I can tell you from experience that when you lay down a sizeable chunk of change for a new gun you will really appreciate a man that communicates freely with you, the customer.

Put all of your ideas in an e-mail and hook up with Kirby. Wonít cost you anything to ask some questions and Iím sure you will be happy with the process. Good luck.
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