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Are Volquartsen's worth it?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by coolluke01, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. jehu

    jehu Member

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    You chose wisely!!:rolleyes:
     
  2. hueyville

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    Egg250, I have two self built custom 10/22's that were brought to me on Thursday. I seem to be getting one or two per month in same condition as these. Guys read the advertisements in magazines, go to websites then order a bunch of "drop in" parts. They spend a while getting it all together and the rifle quite often does not shoot much better or at all. I saw same phenomenon back in the 1980's with the.proliferation of slapped together .45 comp guns for IPSC. Saw guns locked up, run off full auto and all kinds of crap as the guys were trying to get in the game without building a relationship with a good smith. My 1911 style triggers are all done by same guy for 25 years. He does nothing but pistols, mainly 1911's every day for decades. How does someone who has never built a gun order a mismash of parts, drop them in a gun and have a gun that will shoot anywhere as well as a well known pro does? Do you know how to tighten a receiver then fit the bolt or slide to it? To even build a 10/22 right some machine shop equipment, specialized tools and knowledge is needed.

    Had a guy bring me a 10/22 who bought an off the shelf complete match trigger. Just open the package drop in and shoot. He was not satisfied with it from day one and it was a 250 complete trigger group. He brought me his rifle with all the original parts. I took his original trigger group, added my preferred aftermarket parts (some fitting required) put it back together and man was 110% pleased. Didn't even want his 250.00 plastic trigger back. One of the rifles took down last night scope mount screw was too long and binding the bolt. I did a little bit additional autopsy and discovered the barrel clamp screws were 8 ft/lbs different in tension. I called the owner and asked him what he torqued them to and he said just till felt tight as he had no torque wrench. So can a man do it himself with drop in parts? Yes. But it requires some specific tools that if your not willing to buy, you will not get a precision rifle consistently. Then if you buy the tools, it will cost you more than buying a pre built rifle. I only do 10/22's for friends. I have a machine shop and can do most anything smith related but that said, my best 10/22 was built by a well known smith. My pistols all go to a very good pistol guy and rifles go to a bench rest rifle builder. If you can't afford to buy a bunch of parts to find out your not satisfied with final product. Think hard before.you spend half the price of a good rifle on parts.
     
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