That’s my beef, I offered to buy a full custom action from him so he wouldn’t have to work on a Remington. He still doesn’t want the work. Also at no point was I trying to be “cheap” it just makes more sense for a guy like me to acquire parts overtime. I can’t just out of the blue drop 4-5k on a full custom
What you said could easily contradict itself… “acquire parts overtime, I can’t out of the blue drop 4-5k on a full custom”.
Instead of buying parts overtime, save that purchase in a “build fund”. Instead of buying a $600 barrel on day one, put that $600 aside. 6mnths down the road, instead of buying that $800 stock, put that $800 aside with the $600 already set aside. 6 months later, instead of buying that $1,200 action, set that $1,200 aside with the already saved up $1,400…. You see where I’m going with this…..
But…. On the flip side (And this will turn me into somewhat of a hypocrite), I have had customs made both ways. I have sourced some parts (not all) had a custom built and I have let the smith source all the parts for a custom build. Both were great experiences for me.
Based on what you have said. It’s hard to determine why the smith didn’t want to work with you. We may only know if the actual smith chimed in. Your tone of voice has a defensiveness to it, maybe it was off putting in the conversations and he didn’t want to do the work. I build custom fishing rods and have refused work for this reason.