Originally Posted by MagMan
I understand your frustration but in all reality what does 3/4" - 1" of barrel length really mean in a 300 RUM (not much).
Give the smith a chance to make it right (ie new brake and install). Coming off like an A-hole (not saying you are) in the beginning does little good. I'm sure he'll realize he screwed up and fix it...he should. Nobody likes to be kicked after they realized they've screwed up. Calmly explain the situation and if he doesn't agree then you have a good reason to come unglued.
Does he owe you a new barrel....I don't think so, but that's just me. I'm an easy going guy who realizes people screw up. I'm sure he will have no problem finding a Sendero II take off barrel if that's what your after.
As far as compensation it never hurts to dream big.
For what its worth I'd still be happy having both eyes and a mouth to breath out of after seeing bullets hitting the break. It could have been much worse.
Hope I didn't ruffle your feathers, that wasn't my intent.
Ruffle my feathers? Nah, it'll take more than that to do it...you just stated your opinion on the matter. This is not my first incidence with this smith though. I'll be succinct here on my past issues:
*I do not believe they are supposed to turn the entire brake on the lathe for install. The shop did.
*I have heard of installs being so tight you could not feel the line where the brake meets the barrel. Not only can I feel it, I can see it.
*Shop did my trigger work and even upon my request to get my old trigger back, did not get it back.
*I took a scope into them to have it bore sighted on this rifle. Initially, I was told to fill out paperwork and it would be ready in a few days. After I talked to the manager, it was done right then for the "modest" fee of $20 and told it would hit paper. After not hitting paper, I took it to another shop and was told (and shown) the scope would not even adjust (I forgot...up or down...left or right).
Now I find out my brake is not on squarely and that my bullets are hitting the brake on the way out? You're right, I am lucky to have both eyes, mouth...whatever, etc. And you're also right, what's 3/4"-1"? The fact of the matter is it is 3/4"-1" I wont have possibly due their negligence. To ask them to do the work for me again is not even an option at this point. A smith that operates negligently (if it was indeed the install) and puts me or others in harms way because of it is not a shop that deserves my business, or anyone else's for that matter.
I'll take my chances "dreaming big" rather than offer a smith another chance to screw something else up....especially something that could have had devastating consequences.