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Unread 02-26-2008, 04:11 PM
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my post count will do nothing to boost the credibility of this reply but I am having a 6BR built by Rick Beginski and I can tell you guys that he is a top-notch person and gunsmith. Nobody said anything against him but I just wanted to say that he is a good man and a credit to the "gun game". Based on my dealings with him I have commissioned him to build me a 6.5x47 now as well.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 04:46 PM
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Edgerat, your credibility will depend upon you actually killing something with it, not your post count.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 05:22 PM
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Pics too when you get those rifles back.

I think we need a calendar. SI has one. Why not LRH.

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Unread 02-26-2008, 07:09 PM
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Two points.

1. Some very good LR hunting smiths on this site, which have been mentioned.

2. Some very good LR hunting smiths on that list also. Big mistake to think that because they do not post and advertise here they are not. I have had LR hunting guns built by a couple of them and they been building LR hunting guns for many years. Only difference is they have unequivocably proven that they can do both LR and BR. Bruce Baer is another and been doing longer than many of the smiths here have been alive.

the deal is to find a smith that is skilled in building what you want to build, hopefully is close so you can get face to face and you feel comfortable with his skills.

No list is 100%, and I know Paul (6mmbr) held some very strict standards to who he lists as a top recommended smith and personally checked a variety of sources on all the smiths and not all names submitted made the cut.

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Unread 02-27-2008, 10:06 AM
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I am driving up to Colorado to see mine tomorrow! Spent a little time yesterday calling some friends and getting all of the components lined up so I can start shooting High Power Silhouettes in May. That being said it never hurts to have relationships with people in the industry and especially having your Smith as one of your good friends..
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Unread 02-29-2008, 06:44 AM
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Gunsmiths should be able to rate customers..

Most good gunsmiths don't advertise as they have more work than they can get done in a day. Most merely hang out a shingle as far as advertising this may be a web site.

There are several classes of customers coming to a gunsmith ranging from the most knowledgable to the newbe. Most customers are very greatful and listen to common sense advise. But there are a few flaming horses behinds. I don't mind talking with a genuine customer wanting to build his life long custom rifle or the competitive shooter who is working to be the best shooter he can. I have been building customized rifles and pistols for 40 years and I can talk with a customer for 5 minutes and pretty much sum up what kind of customer he/she is going to be.

Every week I get a call from the guy who has no idea what he is doing and wants $250.00 work done on a $90.00 factory barrel. Or he wants you to chamber and maybe polish and blue a $90 barrel. You explain to him his money could be better served by selecting better quality barrel. You can do the best chambering job in the world but that low end barrel coppers up in two or three shots. Then they blame the gunsmith.

The other complaint I frequently hear is "my gunsmith has had my gun 6-12 months and done nothing". Do your home work, you can order a barrel, reamer, and gauges, dies and bullets, powder, cases and primers. If you take all the parts with your gun to the smith he has no excuse not to get it done and back to you in 30-60 days.

On the average I spend 4 hours talking with a new customer about building his rifle. My long term customers rarely talk with me more than 20 minutes about their work. They get their work in and out because they have it figured out ahead of time. Remember gunsmithing is a service industry. There is a balance between salesmanship and craftsmanship. But the bottom line the smith is in business to make money and is not a charity operation. Time is money.

Quality barrels, stocks, and custom actions usually take 3-6 months to get from the manufacture. Your gun or action sitting in your gunsmiths safe does neither you or your smith any good.

Just thought I would share what it looks like from the other side of the counter.

I tell it like it is. And no, I am not soliciting for business. I have plenty of work to do. If you do quality work the customers will seek you out.

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Unread 02-29-2008, 07:00 AM
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Rustystud, well said.
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