Save a little Spend a lot

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by J E Custom, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Well it happened again someone tried to save a little money and ended up
    losing the whole rifle.

    Recently I found a rifle for sale at a very good price and knew something was
    wrong but knew the action was worth more than I would pay for it.

    After looking it over I found the problem.

    The rifle was a teflon coated 700 Remingtion with a HS Precision stock and a muzzel

    Someone had "Tryed" to install the muzzel break with out the proper tools and was not
    succesfull .

    The first clue was that the baffel had been removed ( A sure sign that it was misaligned).

    They had threaded the barrel tenon 1/2" 20 thread,standard breaks have a 28 TPI if
    it is 1/2 ".

    The next thing I found was that the threads in the break had been taped using a hand
    tap and was cocked 1/8 of an inch at the muzzel explaining the removal of the baffel.

    The bullet was still striking the break even after the baffel had been removed destroying
    accuracy ( The reason for selling the rifle )

    The man ruined a $1100.oo rifle to save a few bucks installing a break by himself or
    having someone who called himself a "Gunsmith" install it.

    Even though installing a break is simple it must be done right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love to do stuff my self but if I don't have the proper tools or the skills I will have someone
    that does do it and spend the money.

    So be carefull when you have any work done, and you check out the "SMITH" and talk to his
    customers to find out what his work is like so this won't happen to you. And as they say
    (Don't try this at home) unless you are qualified.

    The action cost me $300.oo dollars so I didn't lose any thing but he did.


  2. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Well, it worked out for you lol! the guy was probably happy to find a "sucker" to buy the rifle and you got a good stock and action for a good price :)

  3. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    Good advice....and a good deal, for you. Congrats on a good buy.
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Hey guys

    The point was that bad gunsmithing can be expensive and dangerous.

    I knew I could'nt go wrong with the action because I looked it over first
    and he though he would recover a small amount of his investment buy
    selling a "good shooter" (his words not mine) to some schmuck that did'nt
    know better.

    So look out for those deals that seem to good to be true because they probably
    are and really watch for out for shoddy gunsmithing.

    If this had happened to person that did not know what he was getting it could
    have been dangerous or at worst very dissapointing.