Originally Posted by greggc1960
Thanks for the reply, and yeah, I realize that. Our rifle seasons end in Dec, and for that reason I'm trying to remain calm, and not make waves or make him mad. It doesn't seem reasonable, to me, to not take a min to answer an email. Am I wrong ? And am I being a pain by trying to stay in contact ? It's not like I call him every day....mostly once every week or two. Went 8 weeks, and no contact from me, in the begining. Are all rifle builders that busy at this time of year ? I don't know, is why I'm searching for input. Thanks again
Good Smiths are busy all the time but they have schedules for every ones rifle if they are being truthful and your smith should have given you the start time for your rifle and the completion
within a week or two.
Never pay all the money up front, Just the money to pay for parts that he orders. This way he has incentive to finish (When he finishes, he gets the rest of his money).
There is no reason to avoid you and he should want to settle with you. If you are unhappy with his work you should go by and pick up your rifle and pay for the work he did and no more. take your rifle and go to another smith.
I feel I have a responsibility to explain in great detail what the owner can expect with the work he wants and what has to be done if he wants an accuracy guarantee then I will tell him what is
required and the cost. If he and I can't agree on "everything" I decline the work(With no hard feelings) And Offer to help him with any details he doesn't under stand.
It is always better not to do the work If the client is not going to be happy ,or better yet thrilled.
Building or improving a rifle should be a very exciting process, Not a disaster. From My point of view
it is both the Smith and the clients responsible to make it happen.
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