Cost of gunsmithing

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  1. Chris Melink

    Chris Melink Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Dec 4, 2018
    Curious about others experience... It’s been a few years since I’ve built a rifle but recently I was surprised at what smiths are charging to thread, fit, chamber and bed a rifle. What is the going rate for a high quality smith to do all the work? Couple years back it was $350-$400 to chamber, $75 for threading the muzzle, $250-350 for bedding and maybe $75 for fitting. Are those still normal prices? I’ve been quoted twice that price lately but maybe that’s normal.
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  2. Jud96

    Jud96 Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2013
    Those are about the same prices I typically see. Some guys are a little lower priced for chambering jobs and barrel installs. Same for bedding jobs. It just depends on if you have the reamer or what it is sometimes.
  3. Deputy819

    Deputy819 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Sep 24, 2016
    It’s been @ 2 years since my last full-build. The Smith’s fee was $1,650. Here’s what he did..

    *Turn, thread, crown and chamber the barrel
    * True the action (Rem 700), lap bolt lugs
    * Set the headspace
    * 2 lb trigger job
    * install bases/rings (Leupold) after lapping and bedding
    * Relieve an HS Precision stock
    * Devcon bedding job
    * Assemble and test fire
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  4. Highvoltage

    Highvoltage Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    150 to square the action lap lugs etc. , 250 to thread and chamber and headspace, 80 bed. Prices are very close between 2 local smiths. Both do great work. 250 to cerakote
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  5. SealTeam4

    SealTeam4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2016
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  6. Holycity73

    Holycity73 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Jul 22, 2018
    Cost can vary with smiths as widely as it can with cars. You get what you pay for and sometimes you’re paying for the name engraved in the barrel. I have my go-to local guys and my “swear by” more well known smiths. All do fine work, but only two will draw massive attention based on their names alone.
    As for what smiths charge these days, I’d say pay what your comfortable with for the level of performance you need. Not everyone wants a one hole gun, so I’ve heard, but it sure is nice when it happens consistently due to the skill of a great Smith.
    GAP will charge more than the guy down the street, but there’s also a reason people will generally buy a used GAP with no questions asked beyond round count and reloading data.
    Your old prices are still pretty reasonable by today’s standards. Wait times are pretty close to the same too.
    Good luck and don’t forget to post pics of whatever you have built!
  7. Memberberries

    Memberberries Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    I've seen anywhere from $50 to $175 for threading a muzzle in Oklahoma. Just expect to wait for a good gunsmith.
  8. flylo

    flylo Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Stock rifles are much more accurate than 5-10 years ago. I do my own work as it's not hard after the 1st or second time & I have a full sized manual machine shop with all American machings & tooling. It's also very satisfying. Look at the TC Compass, just bought 2 6.5CMs for $229 ea OTD. 3 shot 1 moa guarantee, threaded barrel, pillar bedded, 5R rifling, rotary drop box mag, nice bolt handle with 60 deg lift & a lifetime warrenty. Put it in a Boyds stock, new trigger kit($19.95) epoxy bed it & you have a fine hunting rifle for $400. I like Savage except the axis but don't want any part of the new remington junk.
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  9. BallisticsGuy

    BallisticsGuy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2016
    For me, I get a barrel set up from an unturned blank to fully finished for 200 bucks. Any other machining I want is 20 bucks an hour. Sounds cheap but my guy moves like cold molasses so what you might think would take 1 hour takes 5. My last 2 barrels he put something around 15 hours a piece into. Cooooold molasses. On the upside, I get turnaround times of under a week and he's an artist with metal.
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  10. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2014
    Good for you! 20 bucks an hour is SUPER cheap in today's standard.
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  11. Michael Givens

    Michael Givens Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    After 8 months of waiting, I finally got my 700 sendero back . I sent it off for a new barrel, trueing the action and bedding and a new muzzle brake .Jim also worked up a load for my new 28 nosler for 1200.00 .I think I have a great starting point to reload ,using 175 elite hunters and retumbo powder ,rifle is shooting a .315group
  12. keithcandler

    keithcandler Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Many gunsmiths now have to pay for a class 7 license that is $2200 per year where it used to cost $200 for a 5 year license. Class 7 Smiths have to charge more, and hundreds of smiths have closed their shops due to the license change.
  13. jmcmath

    jmcmath Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2017
    In the past year I have spoke.with what I consider to be a great prs smith and a great BR smith and 2 incredibly well regarded BR smiths and they are all right in this ballpark. Some SLIGHTLY above and one way under.

    idk who wants double this but I would look elsewhere.