Post By: stowe Posted: 7/22/2012 12:19:07 AM Points: 88
I know this isn't fishing related but, I didn't know where else to ask it and figured some of you guys might have a suggestion. Does anyone know of a good gunsmith in the canon city or pueblo area? I'm looking at getting a 30-06 recrowned or possibly rebarreling it to either .270 or 25-06 just to change things up a bit. I've included a picture of a smallie because after all it is a fishing website
Reply by: aerofanbig Posted: 7/22/2012 6:09:55 AM Points: 1841
Not CC or Pueblo, but the Springs. Rich is one of the best in the western US, let alone CO. I have a friend who shoots high volume p-dogs and has Rich do 1-2 barrels a year on one of his guns and he won't let anyone else touch them.
Reply by: aerofanbig Posted: 7/22/2012 6:13:11 AM Points: 1841
Not sure if you are real familiar with prices and stuff, just wanted to mention that a re-barrel will run you 500-1000$ depending on the quality of the barrel, and the amount of work going into the action (blue printing, squaring, lapping, etc)
Is there an issue with the 30-06 you are trying to fix accuracy wise? I ask since you speak of having a new crown done or a new barrel. A high quality new stock and bedding can shrink groups down to near bench rest size for a lot less then a new barrel. Or you could just buy a 2nd gun (always like this choice best haha)
Reply by: stowe Posted: 7/22/2012 11:30:23 AM Points: 88
Thanks for all the info. To be honest with you I had no idea that rebarreling cost that much. I Figured it would be a couple hundred. You're right for that kind of money I'd buy another rifle. I haven't messed with this rifle much. I got it years ago for next to nothing in a trade. This year I thought I'd use it for deer so I put a couple of different loads through it and wasn't getting the accuracy I thought I should. I got to looking at the rifle and the muzzle looks kinda rough. Like maybe it spent a lot of time ridding around in a truck barrel down or something. I planned on trying a few more loads and if I didn't find something it liked I figured that having it recrowned would improve accuracy (it certainly couldn't hurt). The stock has a great fit to the action but, it isn't free floated. I thought about free floating it and seeing what that does for it too. I don't really want to change the stock because I like wood and it's a model 70 with a monte carlo style wood stock that I find very comfortable. If all else fails I guess I can sell it off and pick up one of those new vanguard 2's (with a wood stock) in what ever caliber I want. For the money they look about like the best thing going right now. Also, I agree there is nothing wrong with the old '06. I've used them for years. Just thinking something new would be fun and I have a .338wm too and agree that you certainly can do everything with that round. Everything except convince your wife there is a valid reason to spend that kind of money on ammo. It starts at around $40 a box now and goes up from there!
Thanks a lot. For now I'm going to see what I can do with it. I pulled it out and cleaned it up real good and the muzzle doesn't look as bad as I remembered. I'm going to try some different ammo and see what happens and I'll probably free float it. From there who knows. Thanks for the advice and I'll let you know if I decide to sell it.