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Old 06-05-2013, 07:43 AM
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Re: Smith has had my rifles for 2+ years. Losing patience...

You Have already made one mistake (Paid him up front) but it is done so time to move on.

There are some smiths that take on more work than they can handle and they don't manage
their time well. Two years should be enough for any build. Some smiths can build a complete rifle
in one week or less if they work on it only.

I would say 3 to 4 months should be reasonable to get the parts and finish the rifle (Some parts may
hold up the build with long deliveries).

I would recommend that you first call and visit with him and tell him you will be in that neighborhood
in two weeks and would stop buy and look at your rifle to see how everything is looking.

If you can/have the receit, take it with you for the refund if necessary. (without it you may not have much of a chance of getting your money back.

A friend of mine picked his rifle up after waiting 7 years and did not get any money back. the smith
had not done anything. (I finished the rifle in 6 days for him and did not have to effect anyone
else's build.

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Old 06-09-2013, 12:07 PM
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Re: Smith has had my rifles for 2+ years. Losing patience...

Interesting thread... I guess I'm fortunate to have a good smith near by, about 40 min (Bozeman to Three Forks). We have a very good relationship and good communications. He requires 50% labor down plus components. His reason for requiring half down on labor is because he has been stuck by some of his customers when the job is done.

Anyway, he has always kept me up to date and has even sent pics of progress.

Benchracer, hope you get this worked out. I think you're doing the right thing by looking for the high road and I think the advise to give notice to collect your parts is good advise.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:14 AM
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Re: Smith has had my rifles for 2+ years. Losing patience...

I had a bruise on my leg, and the doctor told me to come back in 6 months.
I did, and the doctor had died in the meantime.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:03 AM
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Re: Smith has had my rifles for 2+ years. Losing patience...

Yikes! Did your bruise get better? Or did the new doctor square you away?

I requested my actions and parts be returned, along with a refund for any uncompleted work. I gave a deadline. I suspect the work will be mostly or all complete. Will see...
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:05 PM
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Re: Smith has had my rifles for 2+ years. Losing patience...

Hey!!! He may be like Chris Mathews and working on getting as many orders as possible so that he can make off with as much as he can when he claims bankruptcy..... That happened to me!!!!!
I have a guy here in Vegas... Told me 6 weeks, been 3 months... I just hate lazy people that lie!!!!

Good luck dude!!!
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:34 AM
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Re: Smith has had my rifles for 2+ years. Losing patience...

Thanks! I will take some good luck any time I can get it, but I hope I don't need it!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:54 AM
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Re: Smith has had my rifles for 2+ years. Losing patience...

You have much much more patience than I. There is not a gunsmith on the face of this earth that I would wait 2+ years for.
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