2018 PRECISION GUNSMITHING PRICES (subject to change without notice)
There are a few individual services and prices listed here for customizing and accurizing work, but due to the unlimited variables and options in building a custom rifle, it is impossible to price complete rifle projects here. Please call me and I will go over all the variables and options with you on your project, and then I will be able to figure a close estimate for you.
SERVICE CHARGES Per man hour $95.00 Minimum charge per job 50.00
Basic "ACCURIZING PACKAGE"for factory rifles 650.00 THE FOLLOWING "ACCURIZING PACKAGE" IS THE MOST POPULAR WAY I ACCURIZE A FACTORY RIFLE - INCLUDES ONLY THE VERY BEST OF COMPONENTS AND GUNSMITHING TECHNIQUES!! THIS BRINGS OUT ALMOST ALL OF THE ACCURACY THE FACTORY BARREL IS CAPABLE OF! This includes most accurizing steps normally done to a factory rifle and will bring out about all the accuracy possible while still using the factory barrel. Includes pillar bedding the action into the stock, bore scoping and “slugging” the barrel, gauging headspace, "accuracy" barrel crown, lapping the bolt lugs, lapping the scope rings, remounting the scope correctly, and "blueprinting" the trigger.
(Above package - without lapping the scope rings) 600.00
"Accurizing Package" options: *Guns with stocks having integral bedding blocks (no pillars needed) -20.00 *Sleeve bolt/rebore receiver to reduce excessive bolt clearance and gain accuracy 295.00 *Epoxy "sleeve" receiver (less expensive way to reduce bolt clearance) 195.00 *Lap bore of barrel to smooth and uniform bore for better accuracy/less fouling 195.00
"Complete Accurizing Package" - all of the basic package, plus lap bore and epoxy sleeve bolt 995.00
PRECISION RIFLE WORK
Action work can vary considerably in price, depending on what all gets done. Hunting rifles, for example, will generally not need as much action truing/blueprinting work as a rifle being built for serious benchrest or competition use. Prices will normally run from a minimum of $90 to true/lap the bolt lugs up to an average of $400-450 for quite a bit of action truing. But the cost can go to $900 or more if we need to do all of the "normal" truing (lapping, truing, recutting threads) plus reboring the bolt raceway, sleeving the bolt to reduce bolt clearance/slop, bushing the bolt face to reduce firing pin hole size, and reworking or replacing the firing pin and spring, etc, etc. Normally by the time you purchase a factory action and have to do all this work to it, you may be better off to go with a high quality custom action if the match rules allow - it may not cost that much more, and resale of guns with custom actions is better. Call me and we can discuss your needs in detail to figure out the best way to go.
Custom actions *These vary in price and options - most will be from $900 to $1500
All my barrel machining (threading, chambering, crowning) and die making is held to extremely accurate tolerances, with the bore (not the outside of the barrel/die) running perfectly true. The end of the bore being worked on is dial-indicated to run both straight and true within .0001''-.0002", as compared to frequently seen off-center and crooked tolerances of .002''-.008'' or worse. I have specially modified my lathes to allow this extremely accurate way of doing barrel work. I also take the time to closely inspect, measure and slug all new custom barrel blanks to ensure they are as true inside as they are supposed to be (they aren’t always as good as they should be, in which case I return them to the manufacturer for correction or replacement before fitting them to your gun). Includes headspacing and test firing when possible. Ammo, bluing, inletting extra.
Inspect, chamber, thread, "accuracy" crown, finish (gloss or satin), and install most custom barrels 495.00 You can specify almost any standard or wildcat chamber, twist rate, length, and contour. (We can help you determine all of these details) *Extra for matte or bead blast finish 75.00 *Extra for barrels requiring extractor cuts 125.00 *Extra reamer rental charge for uncommon chamberings (minimum) 85.00
*Extra for lapping/truing bolt lugs, when needed 95.00
*Extra for re-inletting stock forend to match new barrel, when needed 75-100.00
"Accuracy" crown (bore at crown end dial-indicated straight and true to .0001''-.0002", single point cut) 125.00
Rechamber existing barrel (when not requiring barrel setback) 295.00
Set barrel back one or more threads and rechamber 395.00 *Extra for barrels requiring extractor cuts 125.00
Bore scope evaluation of bore, chamber, crown 50.00
“Slug” bore to determine barrel quality (included in all rebarrelling at no extra charge) 50.00
Muzzle brake - thread and fit to barrel (stainless) - price of brake not included 180-200.00 (blued to match) - " " " " +100.00 *Extra for accuracy crown on barrel when doing brake installation 100.00
Engraving - Custom engrave caliber and/or name/inscription on barrel Quote
Reloading dies - Neck sizing and seater dies custom made with same reamer as the chamber for extremely accurate ammunition or Custom full-length competition die chambered with specially sized reamer made to be perfectly compatible to the custom chamber in your rifle Quote
Trigger All my trigger work is dial-indicator tested for optimum engagement angles, and thoroughly tested for proper function, safety, impact resistance, and exacting repeatability for best accuracy!
"Blueprint" trigger - completely rebuild trigger, highly polish all working surfaces, springs and pins, and reset engagement angles for best accuracy! (most guns) 125.00 - 150.00 (Ruger #1, complicated triggers etc) 195.00+
Superb benchrest quality "Pillar Bedding" 395.00 Done correctly, this makes for a perfect stress-free fit of the action into the stock, which gives the very best accuracy possible! First, solid metal pillars are machined and fitted through the stock for a more rigid assembly. Then, the barrel is free floated and the action is carefully bedded into the stock with epoxy. Finally, after the epoxy has cured, the fit is checked with a dial-indicator to ensure the fit is perfect and all stresses are eliminated for the best accuracy possible! Then, if needed, I often bed the action and stock again to give an even better, more accurate pillar bedding. After the first bed has cured (epoxy shrinks slightly while curing) for 2-3 days, it is completely bedded again with a thin second bedding coat right on top of the first bedding to eliminate this shrinkage. This makes the stock fit the receiver so perfectly that it effectively stiffens the receiver, allowing even less barrel whip and vibration, which increases accuracy even more!
*Extra for 2'nd bedding coat, when needed 125.00 *Stocks with integral bedding block (no pillars needed) -20.00 *Extra to inlet/open barrel channel for larger barrel 75-100.00 *Extra metal stiffening rods bedded into forend 100.00 *Extra to add weight to stock Quote
"True" stock - mill bottom and sides, front and rear, to be straight and true for straight tracking in the bags (competition benchrest rifle stocks) Quote
Tracking plates added to stock front and/or rear to aid tracking Quote
Fit and install recoil pad or butt plate, sling studs, etc Quote Inletting/finishing of semi-inletted or semi-finished stocks Quote Custom paint, finish or refinish stocks Quote
SCOPE and SIGHT WORK
Scope bases - Epoxy bed to receiver for best accuracy 80.00 *Angle bed for extreme distance shooting 110.00
Scope rings - True and lap, or epoxy bed to scope for best accuracy 110.00
Scope mounting (includes bore-sighting) Gun drilled and tapped 80.00 Gun not drilled and tapped 195.00 Drill/tap hardened receivers (minimum) 200.00
Stainless finishes: Matte - non-glare bead blast finish 75.00 Oiled bead – matte finish is polished lightly with a wire wheel running in oil 75.00 to give an attractive non-glare finish that isn’t quite as dull as matte finish and is very durable - hides handling marks very well Standard polish finish - smooth polished mediium gloss finish – very good-looking N/C durable finish that hides handling marks well High Gloss finish - much shinier finish than standard polish, but not as durable 195.00 Mirror finish – extremely high gloss finish - shows handling marks very easily 300.00+
Hot Bluing, Cera-cote, Parkerizing, Teflon coating, custom painting Quote
Jeweling/engine turning Bolts, breech blocks, etc. 250.00 Other parts Quote