Originally Posted by clemens
Winmag did you have smith do everything? Order barrel, stock, muzzle break etc.. or did you. Otfrr parts and send Smith parts?
Being that it was my first build, I had a lot of questions for him. He had good advise, & alot more knowledge than me, so I did my best to adhere to what he said.
I had a list of what I wanted done, & he helped me choose Quality components.
I wanted a 26"min fluted bbl, but not a boat anchor taper. He pointed me to a couple bbl makers that offered what I wanted. I chose Hart, partially because he had a working relationship with them, & partially because they fit what I was looking for.
I knew I wanted a Mini Muscle break from Jim See already, so that was easy, he just called Jim & ordered one.
He didn't flute Winchester bolts, so he sent it to Idaho to have it done.
Just a long combination of coordinating Quality components for the build.
I chose what I wanted, & he ordered it. I figured it'd be easier for him with his contacts.
If I could offer any advise, I'd recommend;
-talking to a few smiths, & see who you mesh with the best.
-before the build starts, have an idea who/what your smith recommends.
-pay an initial deposit, but do not pay for the whole project before it is complete.
**my smith never asked me to pay up front.** I chose to pay up front anyway. 100% my fault, but I would not choose that route again. You have no flex whatsoever if he has no real incentive to finish your project. The completion date can keep getting pushed further & further. This creates tension, & is not good for business. Plus you never know what your going to get back as a finished product. You may be thrilled, you may be absolutely Livid.
-have a solid idea of exactly what you intend to do with your rifle. (Example Elk @ long range, or Whitetails from a tree stand or whatever)
This will help keep your choices, & your smiths recommendations focused in 1 direction. It's easy to get de-railed with endless possibilities of cool stuff.
-have loading components (Brass, Bullets, & Dies etc) so you can send some dummy rounds for throating, unless you want factory saami spec chamber
Also compare your longest COAL to other bullets you may choose for a different application. I sent one of each dummy round with a 200 gr accubond goal, & made sure it wasn't so far out there that I couldn't shoot 180's.