I know Lee Shaver. He's both an outstanding gunsmith and an excellent shot.Now you may have heard of Lee Shaver, the gunsmith. He now makes his own ultra-long range BP rifles for the 1000-yard Rigby type of shooting. He is successful as he is involved in the sport as a shooter himself.
I’m not aware he’s making the long range Rigby style Rifle. it’s not on his website. Have you seen examples?But to be serious ... I shoot competitively and have friends that attend Friendship every year. We buy such arms - yes - but from people who have been building for years and who have earned that name recognition.
Now you may have heard of Lee Shaver, the gunsmith. He now makes his own ultra-long range BP rifles for the 1000-yard Rigby type of shooting. He is successful as he is involved in the sport as a shooter himself.
Add to that "I don't have any experience with BP" and one will be looking at years of gaining that experience. Not to mention the art, voo-doo, and science that goes with BP arms. I don't think talent and machinery is going to be enough.If you're going to do anything with building guns for a living be prepared to be real hungry. Cost of a production gun is so much less than a custom one that it makes the custom gun market a very narrow market. If you have the talent it can take years of struggling before your name and reputation get recognized. Just saying, be prepared for lean times.
Right, could take years, if ever, to break into that one. But I'll say again, with Hoyte being six months or more behind in his work, and hard to get ahold of, I think one could break into the business of relining, boring, and rifling of ML barrels.Niche market. Chunk guns & other target rifles.