Originally Posted by BMF
Interruptions, The single owner operator really needs to manage his time well, customers demand open access to there smith but this also slows the production of your rifle and the dozens of other rifles he is committed to building. Calling to BS or ask about loads during the middle of a work day is purely inconsiderate of your rifle smith time. Send it in an e-mail so he can report back at his leisure, and off machine time.
Excellent point ^^^^
My recommendation is to first, have a clear understanding of what you want the smith to do
and that he understands BEFORE HE STARTS.
Do not make changes without understanding that it WILL delay the completion of the build.
E mailing the smith to check on progress is OK, But the smith can /should keep you up dated
on the progress. (Not every little thing just the Big stages). Two or three times during the build
should be enough.
Note; Some smiths over book and this is impossible if they want to finish anything so again, find
out what his work load is and what his schedule is for completing you rifle and make sure he
understands that you expect him to honor the deadline and for him not to tell you something
that is not achievable.
Honesty is the best policy and if you don't like the time, you still have the option to go somewhere
Building a custom rifle
should be exciting. And poor schedules and communications can ruin the fun
and turn it into a very bad ordeal.
So Make sure every aspect of the build is clear and agreed on before starting and if the time line
is not followed you have the right to remove your parts and only pay for what was done.
And once again DO NOT PAY 100% of the money up front. Pay progress payments for work that
has been done and it will go much better.
Just some advice for first timers (Most of the people that have had multiple builds know the best
way to manage a custom build).
J E CUSTOM