Winner of Manners contest looking for gunsmith

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by phpd1295, May 19, 2012.

  1. phpd1295

    phpd1295 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all.
    I am the winner of the long range hunting March Manners stock contest. I am looking for a gunsmith to work on my build. I have an old (1988) remington 700 bdl in 243. This rifle is left handed short action and I was never able to get it to shoot well. I am looking to get it re-barreled in 300 wsm (I already have a 308 in right hand) and get the action trued up. I ordered the manners MCS-T4A stock in LH Remington 700 SA. Since I won the stock from this site I thought it would be best to get this sites input on where to get the work done and what to get done.
    I had some advice from a local amateur gunsmith because I needed to order the stock to fit the build. Based on his recommendations I ordered the stock to fit a Tubbs oversize recoil lug, M-40 barrel contour, and got the pillars installed.
    Any opinions and suggestions are welcome.
    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  2. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    I'll be glad to help out. Contact info is below.
     

  3. The Duke007

    The Duke007 Well-Known Member

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    I have used Kevin from Montour County Rifles and he has done a really good job on my custom. The gun shoots under half moa. Very patient and will explain everything. Give him a call.
     
  4. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Why not give the "local amateur gunsmith" a shot?
     
  5. phpd1295

    phpd1295 Well-Known Member

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    @ Grit- Is this your cell or business #? When would be the best time to call you? Thanks for the interest in this project.
     
  6. phpd1295

    phpd1295 Well-Known Member

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    @ hired gun- The local amateur gunsmith is only doing this part time. His main business is custom motorcycles. He seems to know what he is doing but in my opinion he is just "assembling" guns from aftermarket parts. He has a good machinist but I don't think either one is trained as a gunsmith. Also he isn't too good at managing his time. A friend has had his motorcycle in for painting and rebuild and he has been telling him "two more weeks" for the past several months. I'm not in a big hurry but I don't want to be involved with that. I would rather ship to someone who is a gunsmith and does this for a living.
     
  7. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Those are good reasons. Find a pro. You might be surprized who is in your back yard if you look.

    I used to do the same thing with race engines. I knew the locals too well to trust them with my work so I drove all over getting "really good name brand work done" only to once in a while be smoked by the local mom and pop shop engines.

    Point is you don't have to ship across the country to get something like this done. It's nice to shake a man's hand and look him in the eye and hopefully see his shop just to be sure he takes your money as seriously as you do.

    I bet people two blocks away from Gordy Gritters shop have any idea (he just moved in) there is a world class smith in their neighborhood.

    I just found out one of Pac Nor's key barrel fitters (retired) lives 20 miles from here. A few more miles puts me in Darrel Hollands unmarked driveway. I knew that one though. That's where we buy a lot of parts.

    I don't know Kevin Cram personally but have read enough to know he knows what he is doing. I would trust him along with some of the board supporters.
     
  8. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Both. Daytime, mon - sat. I'm sponsoring the gunsmithing give away. Mabey you can win that too :D.
     
  9. stenger

    stenger Well-Known Member

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    I agree look around you will find someone close! Big name smiths usually have a long wait time
     
  10. phpd1295

    phpd1295 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you everyone for your input on this build. I have gone with "Grit" (Lorenzo) from Deadlyprecisiongunsmithing.com) who is a sponsor here on this site to do my build. The only other gunsmith I was seriously considering was Kevin from Monitor County rifles. Both gunsmiths have very good reputations and they are sponsors on this site. Since I won the stock on this site I wanted to go with a sponsor from this site. Both builds came in within $50.00 of each other. I went with Lorenzo because he was able to provide a quicker turn around time and he was able to contact me quicker with answers to questions and his customer service in my opinion was better. Both were pleasant to deal with and I will most likely have a rifle worked on by Kevin in the near future once I get the this rifle back. I will post pics as soon as I get the rifle back. I hope Grit can take some pics while he is doing the build or maybe some video and post it here or on youtube.
     
  11. phpd1295

    phpd1295 Well-Known Member

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    After a lot of begging and whining Grit was kind enough to start a thread detailing this build. Thank you everyone who provided input on this build and helped out with valuable experience that saved me from learning the hard way. Here is the link to the build. Come by and check it out.

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f17/build-thread-phpd1295-95326/
     
  12. phpd1295

    phpd1295 Well-Known Member

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    The rifle is finished and delivered this past week. I was able to get to the range yesterday to break in the barrel and shoot a group. Here is the finished product and my first group after barrel break in. The 3 shot group measured .23" at 100 yards
     

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