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It really depends on the smith and availability of parts as you are finding out.
I like to gather my parts first, especially hard to get ones such as action, barrels and stocks and then go to the smith. At that stage most reputable smiths will give you an accurate timetable on completion.
I have seen it from as little as two weeks to 6 months.
Several good smiths here and go to www.6mmbr.com
and look at the recommended smiths there also. Most of those have also been building LR guns for years and are topnotch and reputable.
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+1............. I like to have all the parts then send them off to the smith. Makes it easier for all parties.