Reliable and respected gun makers

Discussion in 'Extreme Long Range Hunting & Shooting (ELR)' started by johnhhernan, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. LR3

    LR3 Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    I got a new .338 AM from Kirby and my 375 AM is for sale. Has 3 magazine options. Groups 12" at 2200yds.

  2. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    Awesome! My dream rifle has been a 16-18 pound .338 AM for many years. Went with the .375 due to the advancement in projectiles of recent years. Thinking of getting a lighter .338 barrel to swap out.
    Not knocking Kirby what so ever, he is good. All I’m saying is he isn’t the only one that can put a big boomer together.
    There are guys out there that make just as accurate a rifle.
  3. johnhhernan

    johnhhernan Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    As of now I think Im going to buy all of the components and go to a local gunsmith who is only 12-14 months out. He has built other rifles for me and he said he has been doing more and more 375/408 CT. So withat being said I want to thank all of you for your opinions this has been a good thread for me to learn.

    I cant wait for Christmas this year and we`re in January so I know I can`t wait 3+ years for any rifle except for one that shoots lasers like in star wars.

    I think as of now Im going with a defiant action. Mcmillan stock or AI chassis. Barrel Im still researching,

    i will be contacting Kriegrer on Monday to see if they make one what barrel have you gentlemen been using..

    So, i might still go with the Chyanne Tactical M300.

    I will update this when I have my final 375CT
  4. alien308

    alien308 Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    Long Rifles,Inc. - Chad Dixon is a very talented, is one of the best smiths there are.
  5. THEIS

    THEIS Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    Hello John,

    Did the gunsmith your referring to advise you that he would build your 375CT with a Defiance Action and AI Chassis?

  6. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Bruce was building ELR rifles and hunting them before some others were out of high school. He has built 4 rifles for me and 2 ELR rifles.
  7. sable tireur

    sable tireur Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    There are several dozen gunsmiths with the experience and talent to create a best quality long range or ELR rifle. There is no one man who is better than all the rest. Learn to shop around, find and list out the ones you're interested in using then do a short interview to see if they meet your needs and ideals. Personalities play a big part in getting what you want, when you want it.

    But you will need to get used to the idea that short wait times are over. 3-6 months is fast, 6 months is usual, longer is getting to be routine, unfortunately. Nowadays you need to plan ahead (allow a year...), pick your 'smith, assemble your components and ship them off. It can take 3-6 months to get the barrel you want if you have to order it or if the gunsmith does. Stocks are just as bad unless the one you want is currently in production or a regular production model. Fortunately, there are several websites which carry popular barrels and stocks as long as you want to pay retail. Don't expect discounts by waiting until the last minute.

    Also remember that one 'smith doesn't have to do all the work either. The barreled action can be produced by one, then ship it off to be stocked and bedded by another. This can sometimes be played into a winning hand for you depending on each schedule.

    There will always those stories about a one week turn around and fantastic mind altering service in a short term delivery but those are rare instances or someone knows someone. The real world is different.

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  8. longrangebo

    longrangebo Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2005
    That is another plus for Baer, he can duplicate any stock , or you can pick from about 50 that he makes himself! I dont know where you are from , but it may be worth a trip to his shop.?
  9. dgarrett

    dgarrett Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2012
    To me there isn't any gunsmith worth a 3.5 year wait..I would look for reviews of the gunsmiths and see if they deliver on close to their stated dates after they get your money for the down payment. A few of the most talked about smiths that everyone wanted guns built from have gone down in flames over the years. You wouldn't want a contractor to take your down payment to build your house and say its going to be done in 6 months and still not have it done 3.5 years later...There are many smiths capable of putting together a long range rifle for you...At least if you can work with a local smith you can check up on the progress easily..
  10. nmbarta

    nmbarta Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2014
    I'll make you a good deal on an M200 375 cheytac, first one ever built, serial number 0001.
    You can have it next week with dies, brass (new and fired) bullets, load development (350gn rmb @ 3075) extra stock parts, jewel trigger, hard case, bullets, Heck I'll even throw in 1000 federal 215M's to get you going! All you'll need is some Retumbo. (133.5 per round, so you'll need a bunch!)
    It's an early Lawton 8000!! 4500.00 shipped and insured.
  11. ELR Researcher

    ELR Researcher Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    20+ if you exclude CT themselves; whether those companies are "reliable and respected", not my call. Once you know who, you can Goggle for reviews. - rifles.html (light blue #3)
  12. snox801

    snox801 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    I've got a bartlien on my .375 Am and a xlr chassis I. That one and a .338 lapua. Very nice for the money.
    Also I can't say enough about pierce actions. They are very good. Not sure if it's done yet but they were working on a ti 408 action last year this time.
  13. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2007

    Only once had a week turn around and he was friend. However Eric Nostril at Nostril gunsmithing has built 2 LR rifles for me and turn around door to door was 3 weeks. I had to wait 3p days before he cleared his backlog on one. I had all parts to include reamer.
  14. sdbm4

    sdbm4 Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Marc soulie and the crew at spartan precision rifles in San Jose build some phenomenal rifles. I had him build a 300 and 6.5 creed for me over the last couple years. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and affordable.