Re: local cost of barrel installation
He must not realize the market is nation wide these days. I'm not against paying for above average work, but , the price needs to be competitive. You could order that reamer yourself from Manson Reamers, they might even have it on the shelf, $130 or so for a removable pilot finisher, order the barrel from Broughton, they don't offer any discounts 'till you order 5 in one order, w/shipping they're about $350. Even with the added shipping to your local you'd come out ahead. Maybe, he just didn't want the work! It might be he has to "farm it out" and make a profit too. That .243AI is pretty common for 'smiths, that do chambering, to have.