Allen I've had similar experiences, but not as long a wait as you are having. The smith no doubt has many customers and EVERYONE wants thier rifle back early or ASAP. The different smiths I've used move the guns around in the work queue based on the immediate needs of the customer(s). If I didn't call the smith, he generally figured I was content to wait. I'd call and remind him of the time you've waited and see if you can get bumped up to the front/near front of the work list. After all, I'm sure you have a hunt coming up soon and NEED the rifle.