Originally Posted by scoutm
I'm curious as to that the average time for a custom build is assuming a few factors:
- You are using a reputable well reviewed gunsmith
- You deliver all the parts necessary to complete the build at the same time so there's no waiting on parts
- You are using realtively common caliber so no wait on a reamer
- You use common actions so blue printing isn't unusual
- You want relatively common tasks completed - true action, cut, chamber, thread and crown barrel, tune trigger, glass bed and free float barreled action and coat the action with coating of your choice.
What do you think is the norm?
As far as actual machine time and bedding you are talking about two weeks +/-.
Next scenario= if you furnish everything needed to the smith add the 2 weeks to his back log
and that should get you close.
The third scenario= if he has to order a barrel and/or a stock you can figure 3 Months + 2 weeks.
If he has lots of work and does nor manage his time well or do every ones project in the order
of placement it can be a year or more.
The best way to expedite your rifle build is to talk to the preferred Smith and have all of your
componants in hand, get him to give you a schedule, and DONT GIVE HIM ALL THE MONEY
up front. (This takes away the incentive for him to finish on time).
If he will not take partial payment with the other half upon completion, "RUN". I just finished
a rifle for someone that was in the gunsmiths shop for over 7 years, (He paid everything up front)
and when he went to pick it up and did not have a receipt to prove he had paid in advance
he couldn't recover any of his money.
A smith can't lose if you furnish everything because if you back out and he has started or
completed it he has the rifle and can recover his money buy selling it.
So the answer is what ever you agree on with the smith that he will honor
J E CUSTOM