Double Rifle Smith?


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Willie Sutton
October 17, 2013, 10:27 AM
Any recommendations for a QUALITY old school gunsmith who is not afraid to make parts for an antique German double rifle?

This job will require manufacture of a metric screw and a spring, and will be performed on a rifle worth five figures. In addition I will need the bore slugged, a chamber cast done, and identification of the chamber and bore made.

This is not a job for bubba the AR-15 "builder" who calls himself a gunsmith, but for a real Gunsmith.

References and a review of similar work done previously will be required. Prior experience on high grade shotguns would be a very close analog of the action work needing to be done here. In a prior part of my life I worked as a smith myself and could have done the work, but now I do not have shop access or time. I know enough to sort out the poseurs from the real deal, but need some references to skilled smiths to start with.


Anyone?

Thanks,


Willie

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DM~
October 17, 2013, 11:18 AM
JJ Perodeau, i've been to his shop and had him do work for me. He's the real deal...

http://www.champlinarms.com/Default.aspx?tabid=37

DM

Willie Sutton
October 17, 2013, 02:47 PM
Thanks. Not an unexpected choice. I've bought double rifles from Champlins in the past. They were on my short list to investigate. Thanks for the confirmation.

Willie

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Kp321
October 17, 2013, 02:53 PM
IMHO, that would be a short list of one. Champlin Arms and J.J. are first class.

Maj Dad
October 17, 2013, 03:04 PM
Jim Kelly at Darlington Gun Works was trained by classic French gunsmiths in the late 50's or early 60's - he does phenomenal work on high-end doubles and European-style firearms. They don't have a webpage, but here is their Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darlington-Gun-Works-Inc/262964170385216

rcmodel
October 17, 2013, 03:11 PM
NECG would be another one to check out.

https://newenglandcustomgun.com/Gun_Services/index.asp

rc

Willie Sutton
October 17, 2013, 03:13 PM
Thanks guys. New England was also on my list. I'll be calling JJ as I've a prior relationship with Champlins.


Willie

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gamestalker
October 17, 2013, 03:57 PM
Dixie Gun Works.

When I worked in the industry we sent a number of antique guns to him. They always made good matching parts, often with some improvement in design too.

GS

Willie Sutton
October 17, 2013, 04:35 PM
JJ contacted, photos sent, work agreed, and box leaving tomorrow.

Thanks all,

Willie


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