I think you hit right one here. I had a few customs built by smiths with great reputations and was very disappointed, not by the end product as they were very nice but by the lack of communication and lack of interest or guidance from them. Second was the turn around time.pierce engineering x 3 great to work with and great shooting.
I see a lot of recommendations for dallas lane. Would love to hear the "why" might be worth noting for the future
There is something nice about establishing a good working relationship with your gunsmith. I am fortunate that there is no shortage of reputable gunsmith in Montana. I have access to about 8 of them in an hour's drive, one of which is 2 miles from my house. My go to gunsmith since 2003 is <30 miles out of town.Dave Tooley is out east here in NC on the pamlico, he has a pretty great reputation and has done some lite work for me, totally satisfied.