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I Need a Good Gunsmith

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sulaco, May 31, 2003.

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  1. Sulaco

    Sulaco Member

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    I am in SC and don't really know of any "quality" gunsmith's around here.

    I have a rifle I want to have the action bedded in and the barrel either bedded or free-floated.

    Anyone know any good smith's around these parts? If not, I would be willing to send it to a smith elsewhere.

    Thanks.
     
  2. George Hill

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    George:

    Very handy roster!

    I noticed you had only one gunsmith listed in Colorado and he seems to be a pistolsmith. Dave Sullivan is an excellent gunsmith @:

    Westwind Rifles Inc.
    P. O. Box 261
    640 Briggs St.
    Erie, Co. 80516
    (303)828-3823

    Dave builds excellent highpower match rifles but also does benchrest, sporters, etc.

    Regards,
    hps
     
  4. Sunray

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    Geeuz, Sulaco. No yellow pages where you are? Go talk to the local guys. There must be a gun store near you with a smithy. Go ask 'em. Any smithy should be able to do that. With an Accraglas kit from Brownell's, you could do it yourself.
     
  5. Byron Quick

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    Jim Moats at the Gun Rack in Aiken, SC is one of the best. He's elderly now and I haven't seen him in a year or so. There might have been changes in his health.

    Walter Schmidt of Schmidt's Gun Service is a good man for rifles in Augusta, Georgia.

    Where in SC would help folks know what to tell you.
     
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    Speedy Gonzales - SG&Y Rifles..

    Do a search over at Yahoo, but I think sgyrifles.com

    Awesome work and a great reputation in the B/R community. Has all his services listed on the website...

    Good Shooting!!!!
     
  7. Sulaco

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    Byron, Aiken is where most of the guys around here take their rifles. I will more than likely do the same. I will check with the two you mentioned. Thanks.

    Walker, thanks for the link. I will check with him as well.
     
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    Okay, I have added 2 more names to my directory...
    Gentry and Sullivan. Thanks guys.
    I want my list to be not a mere phone book, but a roster of recomended gunsmiths.
    So if you see a name on my list and the guy is just a hack, I'll remove the name.
    Good Gunsmiths are a dying breed.
    I don't want anyone on my list that just graduated from a TV advertised corespondance course. I will only list the best. This means from personal recommendations.
    Most of this list was compiled from TFL member recomendations.
     
  9. Clemson

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    John Lewis has a good reputation:

    CAROLINA PRECISION RIFLES, JOHN LEWIS, GUNSMITH, CUSTOM RIFLES, REPAIRS, 1200 OLD JACKSON HWY, JACKSON, SC 29831 803-827-2069
     
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    I noticed that Wyoming has only one 'smith listed. I woulda laughed if that wasn't so sad. In any case:

    DGS Gunsmithing Inc.
    Dale Storey prop.
    1117 E. 12th
    Casper, Wyoming
    (307)237-2414

    Dale has done excellent work for me in the past. I would not hesitate to go to his shop for either wood or metal work. He is, however, primarily a riflesmith.
    900F
     
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    Got these two new ones added. Awesome. Thanks again.
     
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    What? No Tennessee listing?

    Shannon Jennings at Randy's Guns & Knives (5703 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37918, (865)688-0077) is a broadly talented 'smith, as well as being a gentleman and a scholar.
     
  14. Byron Quick

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    I'd forgotten all about Carolina Precision Rifles...I guess I consider him more of a manufacturer.

    I've got one of his rifles...sweet. .35 Whelen built on a 1909 Argentine Mauser action, curly maple stock, QD mounts, Leupold 1.5X5 scope. I need to contact him about the details of my rifle such as barrel mfg, twist rate, etc. I bought it second hand so I don't have details.
     
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    I've had good luck with Marineau Gunworks here in Columbia. He refinished my Garand and did a wonderful job on it. I don't think he is even listed in the phone book anymore since he uses a cell phone. His number is 803-463-4925.
    (BTW, the repark on the Garand was 1 week, ever hear of a gunsmith getting something done that quick?)
     
  16. Sulaco

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    I know Mike Marineau. I have taken him a few things in the past. I think he does decent work but I am looking for someone with a little more experience to work on this rifle.

    Thanks for all of the replies guys, I have a few to contact now.
     
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    I'd go with Jim Moats if he's still healthy. Carolina Precision Rifles would be a good choice too. The trigger on my CPR has to be experienced to be believed.
     
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