Originally Posted by clemens
OK have a question that I believe is self explanatory but will ask anyway and give reason for question. OK more then one. Those of you who have had wildcat or chambers reamed and had to.have special dimension reamers made or smith didn't have it in shop and if smith orders it but you paid for reamer is the reamer yours to use on later builds.
Reason to ask-Had discussion on building a rifle he had built for a customer it was a .Titan. He said reamer had to be ordered from Italy cause no one had one in the states, and price was added to cost of build ($5000). who owns the reamer, customer or smith. To me self explanatory and say customer does for that kind of money. Odd question I know just wanted to check to see what builders and buyers had to say. If smith orders and wants the reamer to have for future projects then I would say smith buys it and keeps it. Not trying to start battle just really curious before I start a build.
The reamer belongs to the customer unless he decides to give it to the smith.
On wildcat reamers I recommend that the customer keep it in case he ever needs to re barrel
or simply set the chamber back he has the exact same reamer.
Most smiths can,t use a custom reamer(No call for one from another customer)so they don't need
If the reamer is something I think I may use, and the customer dosen,t want it I ether store it for him of pay/credit him half the cost and it becomes mine to use.
And in the event he ever wants to chamber another rifle in the same caliber or with the same changes I do not charge him reamer charges (He already paid for it once).
Also in the case where the reamer is not standard and the customer did not have any use or did not want the reamer, and it was something I would never use, I send it back to the reamer maker to have it re-sharpened into something SAMMI spec. that I can/will use.
Just my opinion
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