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Northern Illinois Gunsmiths?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Matt304, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Matt304

    Matt304 Well-Known Member

    I need 4 holes drilled and tapped, and I am in a bit of a hurry. (I know, I know.) So I am looking for someone who can possibly perform the work that day, without a 2 week wait.

    I know a machine shop could easily drill and tap the holes, but I'm not sure if that is legal for them to do.

    Any suggestions? I will drive anywhere in Northern IL to get it done this weekend.

  2. MarshallDodge

    MarshallDodge Well-Known Member

    When I lived in Roselle I used Gun Doctor a couple times and they always did good work.
  3. damien

    damien Well-Known Member

    G.A.T. Guns in East Dundee (route 25, about a mile north of 90) has a full-time gunsmith. I don't know how good their gunsmith services are, but the rest of their operation is top notch.
  4. Matt304

    Matt304 Well-Known Member

    Wow, scratch that place. I just called there and talked to the gunsmith about getting the base mounted. Very odd conversation, to say the least.

    The gunsmith asked me why I can't use the 3/8" dovetail which came on my Marlin 917 rifle. I told him that I have picatinny rings for use with a 35mm main tube scope, and a picatinny base for those rings. He said, "you must mean 30mm". I told him that no, my scope indeed has a 35mm main tube, and came with rings. "You got an oddball then" he says, and replies, "Well, we're not set up to do that". (At this point I have no idea why anything else is relevant to mounting my base.)

    "I don't quite understand you sir, aren't you setup to drill and tap 4 base holes for any rifle?" I say.

    "Well it will be $30 a hole", sounding all pissed off, he replies! It was like he just did not want me there for unknown reasons.

    I have no idea what's up that guys you know what, but that's pretty weird. First he tells me he cannot do it, then says the price. I said thank you and goodbye.
  5. damien

    damien Well-Known Member

    Sorry about that suggestion then. Maybe they are just better set up for retail sales and range than gunsmithing.
  6. BigEric

    BigEric Member

    The Gun Doctor, but short notice could be an issue.
    You could try Tim at Heartland in Oswego, but I know he gets quite busy as well.
    As for the legality of a machine shop, so long as you hand a machinist the rifle, and not ship it, everything should be dandy...or am I missing something?
  7. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    1288 ROCKTON RD

    CALEDONIA, IL 610110000

    gander mountain and bass pro have several shops in northern illinois, and most of them have gunsmiths on staff.

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