2 years ago I could order a brux barrel an have it in three weeks. Now it 6-9 months. Bat actions you will be waiting 9-12 months. Anything worth having is going to be I high demand and short supply. I broke down and bought a grizzly gunsmith series lathe. Had it 3 years and already paid for itself. The only way to get things done when you want and how you want!
After lots of unreturned calls, I bought a Grizzly lathe.
I now have a much better understanding of some of the delays in getting all of the necessary parts, materials, and tooling together. ...although a professional should already be well equipped. In any case, there's no excuse for running a shoddy business and not communicating with your customers.
There are several smiths that frequent this forum that seem to be great communicators and with whom I wouldn't hesitate to do business.
It's just sad to think that a few bad apples can ruin it for the whole bunch.
It's no wonder Savage is so popular with the DIY crowd.
This would concern me one who would screen your calls over something as small as a missed deadline. Just think if he messed up or owed you something......... With so many choices out there for quality gun work every customer is important to me.