Barrel chamber and fitting price

Tac-O

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I spoke with a local Smith on the phone today inquiring about having a new barrel put on my Tikka.

He said for removing the factory barrel, chambering, threading the tenon, turning the shank to fit the receiver bevel, and putting the new barrel on will cost $600 not including the barrel price. Bead blasting would be an extra $100.

He also said he would have to make a relief cut in the factory barrel to get it off, and also wasn't sure that a 284 case would feed from a Tikka magazine properly, even though he has worked on tikkas.

He seemed very nice and honest. He said it costs so much because the threads on the Tikka barrels are metric and it takes him about 4 times longer to thread them than other barrels.

But should I pay that much just to have a new barrel fitted to my rifle? I would think if he's charging that much he'd get my factory barrel off without ruining it.

I thought a barrel chambering and fitting wouldn't be more than $400ish.
 

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You could do a barrel nut setup for your Tikka. This would allow you to swap your own barrels and have prefit barrels made. You’d need some tools but it would allow you to swap your own Tikka, Savage, Howage or Remage setups. Just a thought for you. That’s what I have done and I avoid the gunsmith all together. My only experience with a gunsmith was very bad. He set the headspace on one of my rifles and didn’t even tighten it down.
 

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Also use Preece Precision if you’re are going to use a gunsmith in Utah. Most of the rest I have heard only bad.
 

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Also use Preece Precision if you’re are going to use a gunsmith in Utah. Most of the rest I have heard only bad.

yeah I thought about going the barrel nut route, but I just can't stand the look of them. I know they are super functional and very handy, especially if I want to be able to rebar one myself, but I'm the kind of person that also likes the aesthetics of things and I just can't get over the nut part!

As for smiths in utah, I had somebody else recommend Preece precision, and I emailed him but haven't heard back from him yet. I was thinking about calling him today. I talked to Brad Stair just a bit ago and his prices are much more reasonable. I think he would do a fantastic job considering a few other people have recommended him and his extensive experience and background. it sounds like he's done a lot, and he got pretty excited when I told him what chamber I want.
 

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yeah I thought about going the barrel nut route, but I just can't stand the look of them. I know they are super functional and very handy, especially if I want to be able to rebar one myself, but I'm the kind of person that also likes the aesthetics of things and I just can't get over the nut part!

As for smiths in utah, I had somebody else recommend Preece precision, and I emailed him but haven't heard back from him yet. I was thinking about calling him today. I talked to Brad Stair just a bit ago and his prices are much more reasonable. I think he would do a fantastic job considering a few other people have recommended him and his extensive experience and background. it sounds like he's done a lot, and he got pretty excited when I told him what chamber I want.
That makes sense, Preece is pretty busy most of the time. He does a lot of PRS stuff in Utah. What chamber are you doing? Also what blank for the build? I actually like barrel nuts lol, I like the look. I also can see why others wouldn’t.
 

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That makes sense, Preece is pretty busy most of the time. He does a lot of PRS stuff in Utah. What chamber are you doing? Also what blank for the build? I actually like barrel nuts lol, I like the look. I also can see why others wouldn’t.

.30-284! I ordered a mullerworks #3 in 10 twist. Brad got pretty excited about it as he shoots a few different 284 case wildcats and he has a 30-284 reamer.

I got ahold of Preece and his lead time is actually pretty short... About 3-5 weeks. He doesn't have the reamer though, so I'd have to rent it if I went with him. He said he usually buys the reamer if he doesn't have it, but nobody really shoots the 30-284. I told him it would be the next big thing, but I don't think he believed me.
 

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I figured Brad would try to talk you into one of his Tejas line of cartridges. That’s cool you’re doing a 30-284! What inspired that chambering? Are you upgrading the trigger or anything else on that Tikka?
 

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I figured Brad would try to talk you into one of his Tejas line of cartridges. That’s cool you’re doing a 30-284! What inspired that chambering? Are you upgrading the trigger or anything else on that Tikka?

I think it's the perfect cartridge for a Tikka action for a mid-range 30 caliber. Not limited by magazine length, you get the 3006 performance, possibly slightly less recoil due to case design, don't have to fire form because all you have to do is neck up a 284 case, and when somebody asks me what I'm shooting they likely won't have any idea what I'm talking about ;)

I've got the trigger spring swapped out already, so my trigger weight is around 1.5lb, and I have it bedded in a laminate stock. my 3006 barrel only has 800 rounds through it, and it shoots really well, but I'm a tinkerer and after I found out there is such a thing as a short action 3006 I decided I had to try it out!
 

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Sounds like you’re all ready to go!! Good luck with the barrel, hope it shoots well for you. Enjoy the new build and congrats!
 

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You got some incorrect information there. But aside from that $600 is A LOT! I recently had a Tikka rebarreled and it cost me $350. However, I was able to have the barrel manufacturer turn down the barrel blank I chose to be close to the action width for no additional cost. The barrel cost me $375 to get it shipped to my door. I went with a Rem Varmint contour from Krieger.
 

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I spoke with a local Smith on the phone today inquiring about having a new barrel put on my Tikka.

He said for removing the factory barrel, chambering, threading the tenon, turning the shank to fit the receiver bevel, and putting the new barrel on will cost $600 not including the barrel price. Bead blasting would be an extra $100.

He also said he would have to make a relief cut in the factory barrel to get it off, and also wasn't sure that a 284 case would feed from a Tikka magazine properly, even though he has worked on tikkas.

He seemed very nice and honest. He said it costs so much because the threads on the Tikka barrels are metric and it takes him about 4 times longer to thread them than other barrels.

But should I pay that much just to have a new barrel fitted to my rifle? I would think if he's charging that much he'd get my factory barrel off without ruining it.

I thought a barrel chambering and fitting wouldn't be more than $400ish.
Threads are metric?? Tell him to cut 1'-16tpi and call it good. Everyone I know uses 1"-16tpi. Also, most guy are $350ish for a rebarrel. Way overpriced in my opinion.
 

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I think it's the perfect cartridge for a Tikka action for a mid-range 30 caliber. Not limited by magazine length, you get the 3006 performance, possibly slightly less recoil due to case design, don't have to fire form because all you have to do is neck up a 284 case, and when somebody asks me what I'm shooting they likely won't have any idea what I'm talking about ;)

I've got the trigger spring swapped out already, so my trigger weight is around 1.5lb, and I have it bedded in a laminate stock. my 3006 barrel only has 800 rounds through it, and it shoots really well, but I'm a tinkerer and after I found out there is such a thing as a short action 3006 I decided I had to try it out!
284 case is perfect for tikkas, like you said. Buy the 30-284 reamer so I can buy it from you when you're done :) I have been looking forever and never should have sold mine!
 

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Seems like $300-$400 is the current going rate I see.

I think it would be a fair question what steps in this job make it more complex than the normal $350 thread and chamber...

Have you test fit dummy rounds to a magazine? Seems like you should try to confirm feeding....or at least mag fit.
 

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