First time taking a gun to a Smith!

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  1. possumjon

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    Me being cheap I've always done my own work. This one's got me nervous since it was my grandpa's and I wanted a professional to do the work. Putting a timney trigger and replacing the dry rotted recoil pad. $225, ouch! Should be done in about 3 weeks. Thinking I might get a new scope put on it while I'm at it and lower rings. Right now it's got some shoot throughs that are really high. Undecided about that part though. Anxiously waiting for November! Will be taking this out a few times for sure and my 357 lever gun a few times as well
     
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    Smiths are highly skilled craftsmen, they charge accordingly.
     
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    Yeah although its not always easy to swallow, a good Smith is invaluable and I don't mind paying for it. I want them sticking around and passing on the trade.

    Last Smith I went to tried charging me $10 for putting on a set of Glock sites, I paid him $25 and probably should have been a few dollars more.
     
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    I agree I don't mind paying! I think he's charging me $50 for labor. I'm just excited to get this thing back!
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Liability insurance cost is part of the reason for the cost. It ain't cheap. joe
     
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    good dentists, good barbers and good gunsmiths are all worth their weight in gold.
     
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    I think it cost me $225 to put on a new butt pad, but that was the cost of the jig and the disc sander.
    I've never used the jig again, but I use the disc sander all the time.
     
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    I agree they should be. Unfortunately not all who say they are, are. But they still charge as if.
     
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    I know one or two that are highly skilled.
    Many have been drunks and gun butchers.
    I hope you get your gun back and it’s everything you want and more.
     
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    I agree with @Mikewood. I know several 'Gunsmiths', most of them I wouldn't let work on a Potato gun. On the other hand, a person like John Harrison, the Gunsmith who made my custom Springfield 9mm EMP, is a pure genius! As are the 'Smiths' that work for Wayne Novak. They built a Novak Special Ops Browning HP for me. There are several others around the country, but they get fewer and fewer every year that goes by. Two things that stand out with the best. First, they're not cheap. Second, the waiting list is long - years. When it's a one man shop, like John Harrison, a full custom will take 24 months plus.

    b/r

    RB
     
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    What kind of rifle?

    I feel comfortable doing the trigger but not the buttstock.

    I know when to say when and ask for help. I didn't always and it cost me some cash
     
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    The butt stock is the easy part a random orbital sander and a belt sander are needed. Just sand away the part that dose the line up. Constantly rechecks and fit the recoil pad when it’s correct screw it to the stock. If it’s a touch proud it’s ok.
     
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    If the shop does good work and you actually get it back in three weeks, that's probably a good deal, especially if that includes the parts. In Gunsmith Time Frames, that's somewhere between Light Speed and Ludicrous Speed.
     
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    A sporterized Remington model of 1917. Did a beautiful job sporterizing this one. Accurate gun BUT that trigger had a LONG travel to bang
     
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    GOOD WORK ISNT CHEAP AND CHEAP WORK USUALLY ISNT GOOD...

    As far a recoil pads. Some twenty years back we had so many folks coming in the shop asking for the service. I bought a 12” vertical disc sander and the shop bought a jig to grind pads.

    I charged 50$ + cost of the pad.

    I must have done two dozen. EASILY paid for the grinder with the first few pads!

    In the past five years I think I have done 3 for other folks but 8-10 for myself making a LOP perfect for myself.

    Im gonna do one on my 358 NM tonight!

    The trigger install is a drop in with minimal fitment most times.

    CW
     
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    a few years back there was a feeling(expressed/pushed by a few of the leaders of this country) that every child should go to college

    this thread is strong proof that a well trained craftsman can earn excellent wages working w/ his/her hands

    the above mentioned liability issues are also substantial reason for the high cost of a reputable smith

    just sayin'...
     

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