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Author Topic: Recommended Gunsmith in San Francisco Bay Area?  (Read 1797 times)

Offline Phil3

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As a complete newbie to precision shooting, I am considering buying a Savage LRPV or 12 F Class, but then saw that I could buy a tuned Savage action, premium barrel, and benchrest stock for little more than the stock Savage rifle.  Do I even need a gunsmith to assemble this, and if I do, are there any highly regarded gunsmiths in the San Francisco bay area?  Eventually, I suspect, I will need their services as I pursue more accuracy.  I can always ship parts off to someone else, but if there is someone equally good, that is local, so much the better.


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Recommended Gunsmith in San Francisco Bay Area?
« Reply #1 on: 12:06 PM, 10/01/08 »
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  • If you buy a Sharpshooter Supply stock, which is delivered with pillars, you can assemble the whole gun yourself--you'll just have to do the stock finishing and,maybe) skim bed the action.

    I've had a friend who has put together a project just like you described and the SSS stock fit his 10FP action perfectly.

    Pre-fit Savage Barrels are available from Douglas,SSS), Lothar Walther, Pac-Nor, Shilen.

    I love my Pac-Nor 27".

    Pre-Fit or not?
    I would suggest that it's worth the extra money to have a good gunsmith chamber the barrel. All those shops can cut a good chamber. But with your own smith you have a bit more security and you can dictate your neck dimensions and freebore.

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    « Reply #2 on: 01:57 PM, 10/01/08 »
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  • It is about the same price to buy a Shilen prefit as purchasing a blank and chambering it yourself. Check the Barrel Mans prices.

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    « Reply #3 on: 09:00 AM, 10/06/08 »
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  • Phil:

    If you choose not to do your own work. You have a choice of many qualified Smiths. The Big Brown Truck or the Postal Service delivers any where in the USA. Don't limit yourself.

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    « Reply #4 on: 12:07 AM, 10/08/08 »
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  • I too live in the bay area and have tried a couple of the local gunsmiths and was very disappointed. Setting up a scope is a problem for most.
    Send your gun out to a reputable smith.
    Bedding is easy if you do the research you can handle it.


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