Load Development / Break In Compensation

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by jett, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. jett

    jett Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    After a gunsmith has built a custom rifle, what would be fair compensation to ask him to completely break the barrel in and develop a good custom hunting load? Also, is there a general price range for custom loading of rifle bullets, say a 7mm mag. w/ 168 Bergers?

    GNERGY Guest

    Do it yourself, or you will be missing out on all the fun or aggrevation.:D
    Plus you get to be a better shooter.


  3. jett

    jett Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    I agree whole heartedly. I am just asking for a friend who wants a custom gun but does not have the time and desire for these tasks. He is a good candidate for a BOTW or John Burns shooting system, but he has already selected a smith and just wanted to confirm the pricing on these tasks. I don't think he had an appreciation for the time it takes to properly break in a rifle and do good load development!
  4. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    Depending on how far he wants to shoot. If it is just to 500 yards, load developement would not take that long, as you would not have to have as tight an ES, ect. Anything further out than that requires alittle more work. However, if he doesn't have the time to do load developement, he doesn't have the time to practice at longer ranges and has no business shooting past 500 anyway. You should encourage him to work with his custom rifle and learn. There is great enjoyment in the process.
  5. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Jett, I have no idea and it looks like so far no one else that's responded does either so you may want to send a pm to a couple of smiths here on LRH.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2010

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    It's going to be the hourly service charge x amount of time it takes to develop the final load. Let's say 5 load configurations, 5 each

    Meticulous prep of 25 brass .......................... .50 HR
    Reloading equipment set up/tear down ............ .50 HR
    Load all 25 ................................................ .50 HR
    Travel to/from range ................................... .50 HR
    Set up tear down of target/equipment ........... 1.00 HR
    Shoot all 25/10 mins cool off/clean/sight adj ... 4.25 HR

    Total hours: 7.25 HR

    Example service charge (Gunsmith Price List) = $ 40

    $40 x 7.25 HR = $290 (not including any materials, i.e. target, brass, bullet, powder, etc ...)

    My best conservative guesstimate. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010