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View Poll Results: How long does it take for a custom build based on assumptions provided in my post?
<6 weeks 9 9.57%
6 - 18 weeks 16 17.02%
18-24 weeks 19 20.21%
> 24 weeks 50 53.19%
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How long for a custom build?

 
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:57 AM
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Re: How long for a custom build?

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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

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If the customer provides "everything", including the receiver, a 'gunsmith' can not sell that fiream as there is no transfer of ownership in this situation. It does not belong to the gunsmith, it still belongs to the customer. The law (and ATFE) would consider that "stealing/selling a stolen firearm". A gunsmith can loose! Keep a good 'paper trail'(e-mails, notes included with parts shipments) so no one gets hurt. He's trusting you to follow through on your end, as much as you are trusting him to supply you with what you asked for!
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:45 PM
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Re: How long for a custom build?

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If the customer provides "everything", including the receiver, a 'gunsmith' can not sell that fiream as there is no transfer of ownership in this situation. It does not belong to the gunsmith, it still belongs to the customer. The law (and ATFE) would consider that "stealing/selling a stolen firearm". A gunsmith can loose! Keep a good 'paper trail'(e-mails, notes included with parts shipments) so no one gets hurt. He's trusting you to follow through on your end, as much as you are trusting him to supply you with what you asked for!

Good point Shortgrass !!

Fortunately I have never had this come up. All have been happy and been glad to pick up there rifle.

I think the simple thing for the smith is to do what he said he would do and deliver it on time.

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Old 05-15-2012, 03:48 PM
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Re: How long for a custom build?

Thanks for the feedback. No matter what it appears that the custom gun process is a hurry up and wait game. Probably a good thing that it is otherwise I could end up being rather poor.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: How long for a custom build?

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Good point Shortgrass !!

Fortunately I have never had this come up. All have been happy and been glad to pick up there rifle.

I think the simple thing for the smith is to do what he said he would do and deliver it on time.

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Lucky you. I'm sitting on a couple (or three) jobs with parts (including customer owned receivers, some for over a year) and labor worth several $$$$$$$$. I realize things can change for folks, sometimes rather quickly in todays economic climate. Even a phone call would be nice, so I'd have half an idea what to expect.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:09 PM
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Re: How long for a custom build?

Hello all.
I am the winner of the long range hunting March Manners stock contest. I am looking for a gunsmith to work on my build. I have an old (1988) remington 700 bdl in 243. This rifle is left handed short action and I was never able to get it to shoot well. I am looking to get it re-barreled in 300 wsm (I already have a 308 in right hand) and get the action trued up. I ordered the manners MCS-T4A stock in LH Remington 700 SA. Since I won the stock from this site I thought it would be best to get this sites input on where to get the work done and what to get done.
I had some advice from a local amateur gunsmith because I needed to order the stock to fit the build. Based on his recommendations I ordered the stock to fit a Tubbs oversize recoil lug, M-40 barrel contour, and get the pillars installed.
Any opinions and suggestions are welcome.
Thanks,
Bill
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:57 AM
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Re: How long for a custom build?

Right now on current orders I tell my customers 12-14 months. I have been as long as 26-28 months which is WAY to long but working hard to get shipping times down even more by streamlining options on rifles I provide now that there is enough business to allow me to do that.

Keep these things in mind:

- Top grade custom barrel will take 10-24 weeks to get in from time of order depending on maker on averge.

- Most custom receivers, if new orders will often take 3 to 6 months.

- If you order a custom made stock for you, you will be looking at 2 to 8 months as well.

Even if all parts are in stock and supplied to a rifle builder, it may take another 4-6 months simply get through the other work orders to start your project. If someone has been building rifles for many years and they tell you they can get a full custom rifle built for you in under 24 weeks, either they have an entire shop full of employees or they are not making very many rifles and there is probably a reason for the later.

If the builder has been in business for many years and has a long back log, there is a reason for it. Good reputations take years to develope and take alot of good rifles to maintain as well.

If you think 24 weeks is to long to wait for a full custom rifle, you will be better off buying a top end factory rifle. The quality of the rifle will not be as good but it will save you and the builder alot of greif if you are not willing to put in the patients for a world class rifle.
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Re: How long for a custom build?

With the right action, all the parts and some devcon. I will start mine tonight and be shooting tomorrow....................Savage................ SORRY, Couldn't help it, mother forgive me.
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