Hello, I have a savage 111 (110-116 are the same rifle) in 7mm Rem Mag, i want to turn this gun into along range hunting rifle/competition gun (like out to maybe 500 yards) i have the original stock on it and am going to get a Karsten adjustable cheek-piece. My first question is, does anyone have any experience with these? Also i want to have the bolt handle threaded for different bolt knobs, where can i buy one? would also like the barrel threaded for a muzzle break and have something personal engraved on her, I would hate to send off $600 gun along with a $500 dollar scope, where is a good gunsmith in the billings area? And is it true that billings gunsmiths are a bunch of assholes? I've seen a couple bad reviews about them so yeah.
Guns I own: 300 winchester magnum, 7mm Rem mag, 243, H&R 22 revolver, BT99 12 gauge, 20 gauge break action. 20 gauge pump, 22 break action, 257 Roberts, winchester super x 1. Wishlist: 308 winchester, 6.5mm-284 Norma, 17 HMR, 7mm RUM, another 7mm rem mag LOL, 44 magnum revolver, 30-30 lever action, 44 lever action.
I think your best bet would be to call and stop in to one or more gunsmiths in Billings and have a nice chat with them and maybe check out some of their work. If you aren't happy, then explore other options.
Snowy Mountain Rifles would be happy to work on your rifle for you, and installing the Karsten cheek piece would be no problem at all. The bolt knob isn't a problem either and we even manufacture our own knobs if you are interested in one. Additionally, we also make our own muzzle brakes so threading the muzzle for one of these also isnt a problem. Same with engraving anything you would like.
You can give me a call on Monday if you would like so we can discuss your project if you are more comfortable either bringing your rifle to us in Missoula or have it shipped. I'd still recommend contacting a Billings area smith though and getting to know the person and their work. Good luck with your project.
Have you tried/talked to Randy Melvin (Bull Mountain Rifle company) 1-406-656-0778 he's in Billings.
I'll vouch for Randy, he's built two rifles for me and they just flat perform. The only thing to keep in mind is you will not drop a rifle off in the morning and pick it up in a couple days. He stays very busy and you won't like what you hear if you try and rush/push him.