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Double Rifle Smith?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Willie Sutton, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. Willie Sutton

    Willie Sutton Well-Known Member

    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.




  2. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

  3. Willie Sutton

    Willie Sutton Well-Known Member

    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.


  4. Kp321

    Kp321 Well-Known Member

    IMHO, that would be a short list of one. Champlin Arms and J.J. are first class.
  5. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  7. Willie Sutton

    Willie Sutton Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. New England was also on my list. I'll be calling JJ as I've a prior relationship with Champlins.


  8. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    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.

  9. Willie Sutton

    Willie Sutton Well-Known Member

    JJ contacted, photos sent, work agreed, and box leaving tomorrow.

    Thanks all,



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