Montana gunsmith

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by shortshooter, May 28, 2007.

  1. shortshooter

    shortshooter Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have any work done by Dennis Olsen of Montana? I have a Sako 995 rifle in 30-378, and would like to try having a 338 Kahn built on it.

    I don't know who is familiar with these recievers in my state of Idaho. I know Ray Romain works on them, and I was thinking of possibly asking Kirby allen or Dennis Olsen.

    Any suggestions who could make a good go of this?
     
  2. Fiftydriver

    Fiftydriver <strong>Official LRH Sponsor</strong>

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    I know Dennis and had some work done by him before i started building my own. He is a good smith, you will have no problems with him.

    I can not speak of his experience with the Sako receivers however.

    Good guy, kind of gruff, not one to talk alot but does quality work from what I have seen. He built a 6-284 that I still have that has taken a fair number of chucks past 1K.

    I have been known to build a decent rock thrower from time to time as well however!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Kirby Allen(50)
     

  3. SDWhirlwind

    SDWhirlwind Active Member

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    I had bought a 22-250AI built on a 40X by Dennis Olson and it was quality work. Purchased used and I ended up tearing it apart before I shot it but previous owner claimed it a shooter. John King at Kila,MT(just outskirts of west Kalispell has a super rep for building 1000yd rifles around there. Has done 2 rifles for twin brother in Kali and both are shooters. Dave Gentry at Belgrade, hell MT is full of good smiths. Then there is that guy southwest of Great Falls. Cannot seem to remember his name but seems he is always on some forum posting about these hard kicking inventions of his. Thinks he is an inventor but I sometimes wonder /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif If I think of his handle I will post it /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
  4. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know who is familiar with these recievers in my state of Idaho.
    Any suggestions who could make a good go of this?

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    Shaun Carlock is in Idaho and is known to have built some very accurate long range rigs..... Every one that were listed above are good as well........[​IMG]
     
  5. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    "Shaun Carlock is in Idaho and is known to have built some very accurate long range rigs..... Every one that were listed above are good as well"

    +1

    My dad drove his rifle up to Shawn a couple weeks ago to get a 338 EDGE built. Cant wait to get her back!! Should be a shooter for sure!!
     
  6. shortshooter

    shortshooter Well-Known Member

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    I talked to Shawn about working on a Sako 995 reciever, and he seemed rather reluctant to want to do something like this. That is the feeling I got anyway. I did take his shooting class and really had a ball in the rain and want to do a unique EDGE project with him in the future.

    As for Mr. King, I have heard splendid things about him.

    Mr. Gentry has an awesome machine shop that is very impressive and has installed one of his brakes on my rifle. The brake was beautifully done, but the thread on the end of my barrel looked like they were done with plumbing tools, weren't smooth, and some thread actually were broken. It looked like it was a rush job without lubrication. I never complained, but needless to say, I could do better work myself. I am NOT going back to him.

    I don't know didly about Kirby Allen other than he has contacted me about his 338 Allen Xpress, and it is about exactly what I was looking for. Has anyone had any projects by Mr. Allen, and if so how was your satisfaction with the end product?

    I have this 995 sitting around and something useful needs to be done with it. That 338 Xpress sounds like a useful and practical way to go with this dust gathering 995 Sako.
     
  7. ss7mm

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    Has anyone had any projects by Mr. Allen, and if so how was your satisfaction with the end product?

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    I have had Kirby do a lot of work for me. He built a full blown custom gun, a 7mm AM for me. He also did some major work for my hunting buddy on his rifle, a 270 AM. From day one, from start to finish, there was not one single incident, conversation, decision or actual work done that was not absolutely top notch.

    I have mailed so many packages to Kirby that I should have purchased a seat on a plane and I would have really racked up frequent flier miles. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif After playing musical chairs with barrels on a certain gun, it got to the point where when I walked into the local UPS store they knew what I was shipping and where it was going. I have even driven to Montana to hand deliver and have inspected a particular custom rifle.

    If I had it all to do over again I'd change nothing that I've done with Kirby. And, if you knew some of the stuff the two of us have put up with, that's saying a lot. He's gone to hell and back to make sure I've been happy and got what I wanted. I consider Kirby to be a top notch gunsmith and am 100% happy and satisfied with all work he's done for me. I'd send, or hand deliver, any gun work I needed done, on any gun I own, to him before I'd let anyone else touch it. I do have to say though, if for some reason Kirby couldn't work something in I'd not hesitate to run it up to Shawn Carlock. I've seen his work and heard people's comments about his work. I also know that Kirby recommends him highly and that says it all.

    I guess you could say I'm a satisfied customer of APS.

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  8. lerch

    lerch <strong>SPONSOR</strong>

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    +1 for another satisfied APS repeat customer. I aint workin with nobody else

    steve
     
  9. Buffalobob

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    Shortshooter
    This is a picture of the rifle Kirby built me. It is a 7mm AM on a Nesika M single shot action w/ 20MOA rail, Jewel trigger, 34 inch Lilja four groove barrel, Shawn Carlock brake, 8X-32X-56mm Nightforce scope, all on an A5 stock. I was/am very happy with the gun.
    The gun did very well on a nice bull elk at 968 yards. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for APS!

    Kirby did me up one helluva XP-100 in 7mm-270WSM. First three rounds from the bench during break-in (cleaned between each shot) went well under .2". Since then my hunting load w/ 162gr AM's goes into the .4's and has taken game to 400yds...someday further but trees tend to limit my LR hunting.

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  11. royinidaho

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    Has anyone had any projects by Mr. Allen, and if so how was your satisfaction with the end product?

    Mr. Allen built a 270 AM on my REM 721 action. 30" fluted Lilja barrel w/defensive edge brake and sako type extractor.

    It would be impossible to be more satisfied with Kirby's work and talent.
     
  12. Freakshow

    Freakshow Active Member

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    Kirby built me a .338 EDGE with a 30in Lilja and Holland QD brake. Will shoot 1/4 inchers with 300gr SMKs if i do my part. He will get all my future business.