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Morning everyone, Is there a list of CAS. gunsmiths on the wire anywhere? I have scouted around but have not found it if there is. If not I think it would be a good Idea to have that information here.  SCJ

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Nothing consolidated. 

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Ask the people you shoot with. A local gunsmith has a lot of pluses over someone you have to mail firearms to.

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2 hours ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

What do you want to have done?

OLG

Howdy Olg, nothing right at the moment, just thought it would be handy to know who the good gunsmiths are  here on the wire, I would rather deal with Smith's that work on cowboy guns than the average gunsmith.SCJ

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2 hours ago, Sedalia Dave said:

Ask the people you shoot with. A local gunsmith has a lot of pluses over someone you have to mail firearms to.

Lol, I talked to a local gunsmith about funneling my stoeger double shotgun and he acted like I asked him to commit a federal crime, we talked about it for a while and I began to realize he didn't have a clue how to do it,I just walked away.

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12 minutes ago, Silver Creek Jack said:

Lol, I talked to a local gunsmith about funneling my stoeger double shotgun and he acted like I asked him to commit a federal crime, we talked about it for a while and I began to realize he didn't have a clue how to do it,I just walked away.

 

Yep I know exactly what you are talking about.

 

I am fortunate to be within reasonable driving distance (30 min to 3 hours) from 3 CAS well known gun smiths.

The reason I mentioned asking those you shoot with is that I know of two other gunsmiths that are not known outside the local area that are excellent gunsmiths as well they just don't specialize only in CAS. 

 

The same can be said of leather makers. A few are nationally known yet there are many many more excellent leather workers that are only known to those that they live near. 

 

A first hand recommendation is worth its weight in gold.

 

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18 minutes ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

Really ain't hard to do it yourownself.

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Thanks for the great pic OLG, may just give it a try!

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10 minutes ago, Happy Jack, SASS #20451 said:

Lonnie over at Run-N-Iron in NE is a great CAS gunsmith and pretty close.

Thanks Happy Jack, that's what I'ma looking for.SCJ

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1 hour ago, Silver Creek Jack said:

Thanks for the great pic OLG, may just give it a try!

 

Most important thing is to not remove any material from the area that supports the rim of the shell. Also take your time. 

 

I did 2 shotguns using the dreaded dremil and a sanding drum.

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3 hours ago, Sedalia Dave said:

 

Most important thing is to not remove any material from the area that supports the rim of the shell. Also take your time. 

 

I did 2 shotguns using the dreaded dremil and a sanding drum.

Thanks, good advice! SCJ

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6 hours ago, Silver Creek Jack said:

Lol, I talked to a local gunsmith about funneling my stoeger double shotgun and he acted like I asked him to commit a federal crime, we talked about it for a while and I began to realize he didn't have a clue how to do it,I just walked away.

 

Check on State or Regional matches and see if they will have a gunsmith on-site.  Many do. The one at Hell on Wheels last year (Run N Iron)did a great funneling job on Shortcake's SxS for a very reasonable price.

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9 minutes ago, Lawdog Dago Dom said:

 

Check on State or Regional matches and see if they will have a gunsmith on-site.  Many do. The one at Hell on Wheels last year (Run N Iron)did a great funneling job on Shortcake's SxS for a very reasonable price.

Thanks Lawdog!

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10 hours ago, Silver Creek Jack said:

Howdy Olg, nothing right at the moment, just thought it would be handy to know who the good gunsmiths are  here on the wire, I would rather deal with Smith's that work on cowboy guns than the average gunsmith.SCJ

 

There was a time when even the local gunsmiths had their own milling machines and bluing tanks. Nowadays most of them work out of gun shops in the back room and can do little more than replace dovetailed sights and assemble ARs. True gunsmithing is becoming the work of specialists, sort of like how the family doctor can only prescribe pills nowadays and has you go to a specialist for anything more serious than a runny nose.

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We're fortunate to have several "cowboy gunsmiths" shoot regularly at our matches.  They tend to bring along a tool kit to help with gun problems at the matches.  They are good at doing some of the routine gun repair and mods common to cowboy guns like reversing triggers on doubles,  fixing 97s etc. I do a lot of my own gunsmith work but have had some of my buddies do some work that I'm not equipped to do.  One has cut the chambers and forcing cones on many of my old doubles. He relined and chambered a Marlin barrel last fall. Then Gunsmith Frank is not far away and he not only does a lot of general gunsmith work but has a line of special parts for cowboy guns. 

 

But you're right.  Your local gunsmith may be well equipped,  skilled and trained but not likely have a clue about the specific needs for cowboy guns. 

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13 hours ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

Really ain't hard to do it yourownself.

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That's exactly right.  It's shocking to find just how soft the metal is on these barrels.   The picture OLG posted is a good example.  I've seen some funneled to an extreme and I find that risky of going too far and ruining the gun. Best advice is, don't use a Dermal tool.  Use a small rounded fine cut needle file to break the edge then polish. 

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Agree-NO POWER TOOLS.

I use 220 wet or dry(wet with WD-40)wrapped around different size wood dowels.

OLG

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