I feel the need to respond to the following:"the language in his phone conversation was to say the least, threatening, and not well recieved by me. when i got home i provided the link to the gunsmith, the delay was i wanted to speak to the smith first so he was not blind sided by this. i also disclosed what i could about the rifle, which honestly wasn't much, it was a gunshow purchase as a 338win mag, sent it out, got it back and sold it. what also serious complicated any sincere attempts to make it right was when he disclosed his load data to me. it was 7 grains over the powder manufacturers max load, and 5.5 over the bullet manufacturers max load. this is for the first shot he ever fired out of the rifle."
First of all, the only threat I made over the phone was at the end of the conversation before he hung up to turn him in to his state attorney general for fraud. I did get loud about halfway into the conversation. In fairness he did say to put the rifle back in the box and put return to sender. I was not comfortable with that and said I wanted to do it through an FFL on his end. He didn't want to pay a transfer fee. I was already out $40 for shipping on an actual shipping cost of $22 right on the box.
The part about him wanting to speak to the smith first is bull#^$. I asked several times for the name of the smith before I ever knew there was a problem with the rifle with either no response or "I'll have to look up the receipt" When I spoke with the gunsmith finally he was familiar with the seller's name right off the bat, having built several rifles for him. The seller acted like he didn't even remember what the name of the gunsmith was. Why was it such a big deal to give me the name? As far as going over book max, I never said that was the first shot out of the barrel. Maybe I worked up to it, hmmm? It was 89 grains of 7828, the bullets were no where near the rifling (now I know why) and as stated in my email to him the bolt opened easy, nice round primers and no extractor mark on the case head of the new Remington brass.
Here is the complete description from the auction:
"i started this build and just lost interest in it. it is a left handed remington action, blind magwell, w/ a 1-10 twist #7 shilen select match barrel, the round count is 2, done by the gunsmith. no optics or bipod included. threaded muzzle brake
, barrel is 28" w/ a 2" brake for an overall of 30". fitted in a super sniper stock. ohio residents can do a ftf transfer w/ proper i.d. it is ready to be shot, mount your optics and have at it, rings and bases stay w/ rifle, i have both 30mm and 1" rings. the gunsmith that performed the work is a dealer listed on this sight and i will provide that info so you can contact him for any particulars once you are a sucessful bidder. i could be interested in barrel nut bolt rifles and military rifles towards trades. but got a half finished f/tr rifle and would like to shoot it before snow flies, that is my motivator for selling it. discrete paypal w/ the 3.5% is fine or 7% if you use a credit card and paypal. cash is king, money orders etc. is fine. this will probably cost about $50 to get out to the west coast, i am not looking to get rich shipping, just cover the cost."
"no offense to him but i thought he was rather clueless, but he kept providing good info that sounded credible and knowledgeable, so i was kind of at a loss as to figure this out. in hind sight understandably so."
Offense taken. Why the hell would you say that you thought I was clueless in a public forum, especially now that you know the rifle was messed up. How about saying you were sorry about the rifle, no matter if you thought I acted unreasonable.
"here is the sister thread to this one, kinda funny in hindsight..."
I don't find it a damned bit funny. The muzzle brake could have shattered to pieces and injured me.
I'm not going to put any more public response on here to hershey, no one wants to hear about my dirty laundry .