Gunsmith recommendation for 338 Lapua improved rebarrel

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by buckbrush, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. buckbrush

    buckbrush Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a smith who can rebarrel but also provide dies.

    Thanks.
     
  2. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    This is an easy answer, Kirby Allen www.apsrifles.com.

    Kirby is like one stop shopping. He can not only take care of your rebarreling/dies needs but for an additional fee he will form your brass as well. It doesn't get much better than that if you ask me.
     

  3. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    One thing Kirby will recommend for these hi-perf chamberings is a barrel with land width that comprises in the 19-22% bearing surface range or thereabouts. There is concern of the too wide of lands causing jacket/core separation. He's experimentally tested this with certain bullets that had the issue in he-perf chamberings and the fix was narrower lands. Have recently had this discussion with him.

    His list of barrel makers he prefers to work with is shortening as well.
     
  4. Nieko

    Nieko Well-Known Member

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    B23,
    How do you go about contacting Kirby? I have tried both of his email addresses and left a message on his machine but never has he responded. Is he just too busy or am I not looking in the right place? I have a receiver and barrel in hand that I want chambered in 300 AX, a small 3 port painkiller, and a set of dies.
     
  5. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    Just give him some time to reply to your email. it takes a liittle time but well worth the wait. IMO
     
  6. new shooter

    new shooter Well-Known Member

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    Kirby 338 AX mine shot better then i can. 1/2 moa at 1,400 yd.