Save hundreds on rebarreling

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by gslinger, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. gslinger

    gslinger Active Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    Told i could save hundreds on rebarreling, by telling barrel company my action make and that it has been trued.They will thread and chamber barrel plus thread for muzzle break for no extra charge (FREE).I only have to take action and barrel to gunsmith for assembly and head spacing.IS THIS TRUE. Would not threads need custom cut to match new cut of threads on the action.If true anybody know the company.
  2. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Some barrel makers will thread and chamber for a Savage action only, because you can easily set the headspace yourself. Excepting Savage, I don't think any barrel maker would expose himself to liability by relying on someone else to set headspace, it is just too critical.

    Save hundreds? No way.


    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    You can buy a pre-fit short chambered barrel from companies like pac-nor. Your action does not need to be trued, and it can be threaded for a brake when it is shipped to you.

    I don't see much savings, unless you buy a barrel in a chamber comparable with your current action, an example is going from a 264 win mag to 300 win mag or something like that. If you choose to go from say 300 win mag to RUM chamber your going to incur additional cost because your feed rails will need to be reworked.

    The new short chambered barrel will still need to be finish reamed and the muzzle brake timed. All and all your looking at around 5-600 dollars with shipping to and from.
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    It is true. "But", if you want the best thread fit,chamber and everything concentric don't wast your

    I have repaired/redone many pre threaded and chambered barreled actions and without exception
    there was something wrong with every one of them.Most had a very rough chamber that was
    not centered on the bore because of the very used reamer and very little cleaning of the reamer
    durring chambering. (Most smiths clean the reamer every .020 to .030 of cutting)unless they have
    a high pressure flushing system that allows them to clean less often.

    A short chambered and pre threaded barrel has the best chance of being OK but the thread fit is
    still a crap shoot.

    Proper Gunsmithing is more than just screwing some parts together. A quality rifle is assembled
    with every part hand fitted and as near perfict as possible. Anything less is just a production or
    factory rifle and quality is just the luck of the draw.

    The people that have tried this were satisfied until they compared there pre threaded and
    chambered rifle against a true custom built rifle, then they brought them to a smith and spent
    more money to do the job right.

    This may sound like a smith trying to drum up more jobs, but most good smiths have more
    work than they can handel. It is just advice.

    Some people have had good luck with these type of builds (The ones I never hear from) but a
    good smith cant roll the dice and has to produce a quality product "EVERY TIME" if he wants to
    stay in business.

    So armed with this information you can make the decision to go eather way, and hopefully you
    will get a good shooting rifle and save a few bucks.

    Just an opinion


    FEENIX Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    Excellent advice thus far!

    How is the rifle in question shooting now?

    I approached one of my local gunsmith for a possible re-barreling and the first thing he asked me was "how does it shoot now" and "if I am happy with it". I showed him a 200 yards group and he said "that looks good to me" and "let's re-visit that when it no longer can hold the accuracy that you want or when you are no longer happy with its performance" - one of the best advise I've ever got, esp. from a gunsmith ... and that was almost 5 years ago (rifle is still going strong). :):D:rolleyes:gun)
  6. Rustystud

    Rustystud Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    There are only a couple of companies that provide liability insurance for Gunsmiths and Manufactures. With the companies I have dealt with they all require in their fine print SAAMI standards, gauging with steel Go and No Go gauges and test firing.

    I require on even Savages that they be test fired before they go out the door.

    Nat Lambeth
  7. gslinger

    gslinger Active Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    HELLO EH! THANKS A LOT.Your reponses and all the great info on this site has helped me side step mistakes ,because of bad or incoplete information. it has helped me start to understand about how my guns and ammo work.also helps keeping me on track with building my dream (within my budget) gun. HAVE A GOOD DAY.