Good gunsmith in PA

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by timeless61, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. timeless61

    timeless61 Well-Known Member

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    I used the search, but did not come up with too much promising. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good gunsmith to do work in PA specifically northeastern PA, or eastern PA. I know Borden does good work but is quite pricey and usually pretty busy, also a pain of a drive for me. any other suggestions to mainly just pillar bed and glass bed a gun. thanks
     
  2. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Vince Pastorella in Hazleton is very good and quite reasonable. He shoots benchrest, has a small shop. He is not on the internet, and I don't have his phone number, but you can find it in the phone directory. He is on Rt. 309, just north of town.


     

  3. DCGS

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    Not a smith but can't get any better on stock work than Joel Russo in Harrisburg. He has done 2 for me great work on both Dan
     
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    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

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    Sid Goodling in Spring Grove, Bob Green near York and Clarence Hammonds in Red Lion.
    Me in North Central Md.
     
  5. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    If you're close to me, I would be glad to help. I'm not a gunsmith, but specialize in custom stock work.
    717-805-0940
     
  6. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    If your going beyond the stock work you could also contact Kevin Cram from this site. He is also a custom builder/smith. He runs Motour county rifles. He's in Danville, pa.
     
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  7. timl

    timl Well-Known Member

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    There's also Bob Hart in Nescopeck. Check out his site-- rwhart.com
     
  8. timeless61

    timeless61 Well-Known Member

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    forgot about hart, he is closest to me. Harrisburg is around 2 hrs, Danville is an hour or so. I have a Savage model 12 VLP that I would like pillar bedded and glass, or is pillar bedding enough? I have read where with the laminates you can run into problems with action screws coming loose and such. It seems to shoot pretty well as is, when I broke in the barrel, most shots even with cleaning were touching or made the same hole bigger at 100 yards. And I would also do any other little accurizing things that would help at the time I do this.
     
  9. BountyHunter

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    Kevin Cram here on this site.

    Bruce Baer Baer Custom Rifles has a website

    Mark King King custom rifles

    All three are absolutely top notch LR shooters and builders of LR rifles for over 30 years in some cases.

    go to PA 1000 Yard BR club site and look at their sponsors contact information.

    Herman
     
  10. pa hog

    pa hog Well-Known Member

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    I'm not a R.W. Hart Fan but,

    +1 Kevin Cram for sure,great gunsmith and real nice guy
     
  11. JUDD

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    +1 for Kevin.
    His work, attention to detail and customer service are 2nd to none. I've known him for a long time and never had any issue's. Drive the extra little bit it will be worth it in the end. There something nice about a smith that will actually sit down and talk to you whether you buying a new gun or just having a five minute job done. Try that with the other smith in the area (I won't mention any names) I've been there and mentioned "Savage" or it came up I was not building a new gun and it was like pulling teeth to get any kind of info. Call me crazy but thats the first thing I look at.

    He did all the work to my savage tactical and is in the process of building my custom right now

    For stock work without a doubt go with Joel Russo. His laminates are simply amazing.
     
  12. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't agree more with these statments.

     
  13. timeless61

    timeless61 Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the responses, Kevin and Joel seem to be highly respected and liked, both have been very helpful thru PM thanks again. Same type of thing as someone mentioned, I want some work done on my savage, then in the future I would like to build a 338 LM or something of that nature.
     
  14. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    +1 on Kevin and Joel. great guys, great product and fast turn around.