I received my phone call yesterday that this rifle’s barreled action is complete at the gunsmith and headed back my way! I decided I needed to get this post together on my riflesmith selection before it arrives. Otherwise else I’ll be too ‘giggity‘ to write this post well, wanting instead to move on to other things like shooting instead of writing!
If you haven’t been following the series, the first post is here, and you can follow along from there. I have been chronicling just about every equipment decision in this build and if this is your first glimpse of it, you’ve started off near the end. So do yourself a favor and go back and check them all out when you are done here. Every installment in the series is linked at the end of this post.
All these complementing pieces that I’ve gathered do a man absolutely no good if they aren’t properly assembled by a rifle artist/engineer, more commonly known as a gunsmith. I have taken up countless hours making sure I wrang out the exact performance standards I am looking for with each component selection of the build, but it is all for naught if your gunsmith isn’t up to snuff. This is not the place to just haul your gear down to the nearest guy with a lathe and bickering over price, though deals can be had.
There is really only one way to select a gunsmith, and that is on his reputation amongst discerning customers and shooters that have been around the sport long enough to have seen builders rise and fall and know what to look for. If someone who shoots for a living (at hajis, paper, or steel) will give someone a recco, it’s a good time to start listening. That isn’t to say you need to pick the oldest, longest running rifle builder around, there are new people doing great things in all industries every day. But if you can garner the opinion of folks that shoot, see the results on paper or in the field of multiple builds from multiple gunsmiths, you’ll start to get an idea of the lay of the land. There are lots of quality gunsmiths for the picking, and as long as you find one of the good ones, you should be a happy camper.