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Nick Fahey
18-02-2010, 14:40
Who comes highly recommended for making custom rifles?
The sort of rifle I am potentially thinking about would be a hunting rifle in matt stainless with a Mc Millian stock or similar.
Was looking at PRS, does anyone have a view? PM me if you prefer.

finnbear270
18-02-2010, 14:41
Mike Norris, I saw some real craftsmanship last time we were in his shop.

Monkey Spanker
18-02-2010, 14:42
Steve Bowers ;)
http://www.specialistrifleservices.co.uk/

monarman
18-02-2010, 15:21
depends how rich you are!!!... :shock:

Steve kershaw at kershaw rifles based here in Yorkshire does some nice work......accurate shooters too and he isn't daft with his pricing!
;)

sikadog
18-02-2010, 15:42
Rhino Rifles in Northwich Cheshire two great guys and sensable money

jack
18-02-2010, 15:59
http://www.mckilloprifles.com/

Who built this one:
http://www.6mmbr.com/gunweek096.html

ejg
18-02-2010, 16:14
You could even ask Redmist off this forum.
He builds some fantastic rifles.
edi

finnbear270
18-02-2010, 16:17
Did'nt see anyone else in the shop Jack, well not while we were there anyways! :-D

woody
18-02-2010, 16:34
I have used Steve Bowers, excellent work but takes a while also Richard Pope is very good.

longlowdog
18-02-2010, 17:02
Callum at P.R.S will make a beautifull, accurate rifle, but it will cost £6k ish and quite a lot of that is for his name engraved on the action. Redmist will make a beautifull rifle, that will shoot a gnat's danglies off and you won't pay for his name.........for a wee while at least.

Storm
18-02-2010, 17:16
So who is redmist?

pierred
18-02-2010, 17:21
Another vote for Neil at Mckillop Rifles

Nick Fahey
18-02-2010, 17:22
does he have a website?

Mauser66
18-02-2010, 17:25
Rhino Rifles in Cheshire for me. I use them for everything. Good prices and fast turnaround.
http://www.rhinorifles.co.uk/showCase.aspx

KevinF
18-02-2010, 17:43
Steve Bowers ;)
http://www.specialistrifleservices.co.uk/

Nick -

I heartily second the above. PM me and you're welcome to pop over and have a play with my Bowers rifle and see what you get for the money. I don't think you're that far from me.

KevinF.

Hunter V
18-02-2010, 17:53
You could even ask Redmist off this forum.
He builds some fantastic rifles.
edi

He`s a Policeman not a Rifle smith which is a whole world of difference..

deer man
18-02-2010, 18:09
Callum Ferguson. 8)

longlowdog
18-02-2010, 18:54
Hunter V, if Red' uses an avatar like you, how come you get to give out his details while keeping yours quiet. A guy who can create a string of rifles that shoot tiny bug holes doesn't need a degree to be a great rifle builder.
Red will undoubtedly identify himself to anyone who wishes to make use of his talents. Forums are surely an annonymous meeting place that can lead to private or public disclosure of personal details, it is not a place to use ones knowledge of others private lives unless they expressly permit it.

DL
18-02-2010, 18:54
You could even ask Redmist off this forum.
He builds some fantastic rifles.
edi

He`s a Policeman not a Rifle smith which is a whole world of difference..

All the gunsmiths I've met locally have a second job in order to pay the bills, I don't see how it makes them any less capable.

In this industry you cant expect a glamerous secretary to usher you into a waiting room with a cup of tea whilst the gunsmith pulls themself away from the lathe to come through to speak to you.

Max
18-02-2010, 19:01
longlowdog is right Hunter V your bang out of order :roll:

Max

Highlander
18-02-2010, 19:54
Anyone have experience of Pete Walker, (Walker rifles), or Russ Gall (RG rifles)?

Genuine enquiry as looking to put work one way or the other, pm me if any particularly strong views, as I am not looking for mud to throw, just a good smith!!

Regards

HL

ejg
18-02-2010, 20:12
[quote="Hunter V
He`s a Policeman not a Rifle smith which is a whole world of difference..[/quote]

We'll I only said he builds great rifles which is true, he also shoots a lot. I just get the feeling he is motivated and works very accurately. Sometimes more important than it being the main job.

I have a custom Sako that was built by Roedale in Germany. In my case I received a very good rifle at a very good price and had it back before the season started. Others complained about longer waiting times with him.

It is obviously important to get on well with the builder, just to be able to receive as much advice as possible and get the rifle one wants.
edi

Hunter V
18-02-2010, 20:13
Here`s my details. I`m a Bricklayer no big secret. Like he`s a Policeman. Its no big deal.
How many is a string of rifles by the way? when did he find the time to hone his skills in this trade and for how long??
Because if i mentioned to a potential customer that i`d only been laying bricks for just a couple of years i think a few eye brows would be raised,lol.
Max i`m well in order ;)
My advice is to avoid the back street metal fettlers because quality craftsmanship is never cheap so why take the risk.

derek treherne
18-02-2010, 21:33
HI NICK
STEVE BOWERS MADE MY CUSTUM 22/250 A/I

Redmist
18-02-2010, 21:33
May be an apt time to make a post;

I have made one or two rifles, they shoot adequately, I do not and will not advertise, my interest is not commercial.

My builds allow me to practice and hone my skills, so that one day, when I retire, I may go full time.

There are numerous gifted custom builders out there, if I were to name them all, there would be a big list (both from here and the US)


Oh :roll:


Hi there Mark, (Hunter V)

Hunter V
18-02-2010, 21:49
No harm in pursuing a dream Andy. With the correct training i`m sure you`ll get there in the end.
One things for sure unless you work with an old hand you`ll learn nowt from yourself.
Good luck with the gong shooting..

Offroad Gary
18-02-2010, 21:55
Bernhard Knöbel

Cyres
19-02-2010, 14:42
My dedicated shooting buddy has several rifles built by Norman Clarke, on Sako actions and they are excellent. His latests baby .17 Remmington Fireball I believe was made by Mr Pope.(Walther barrel). Must say it is deadly with 20grn ballistic tips as 9 foxes have discovered since Xmas.

D

Muddy
19-02-2010, 17:42
i have two old sako A11 that have been re barreled by norman clarke both shoot one hole groups at 100 yds i have known norman since he moved to rugby and would not go any where else some people say a bit pricey but what price do you put on a first class job and that sort of accuracy . Others have a good reputation but cant fault my local man muddy

biglad
19-02-2010, 19:04
Callum Ferguson. hes rifles are the dogs bollox :-D :-D

20-250
19-02-2010, 22:43
Neil McKillop gets all my work. He's delivered exactly what he said he would, exactly when he said he would, every time.

sean
20-02-2010, 19:18
Another vote for neil mckilop.He built me a 20br that shoots sub .25 groups he is quick and doesn't charge to much.I have used callum fergeson his work is superb :( but hell he can charge
Cheers sean

devilishdave
20-02-2010, 19:54
Border Barrels did the work on my rifle, The machining is first class and I have had a .18 group out of it at 100m

Dave

Nick Fahey
23-02-2010, 15:01
anyone had a trueflight barrel, and if you have are you pleased with it and who did the work?

Oly
23-02-2010, 20:46
Another vote for Mike Norris, handles all my work...he's dam good too!

tika.308
23-02-2010, 20:57
+ 1 for mike norris, he has done work for me and there was no one else in there only us 2 and his jokes :lol:

Thar
23-02-2010, 22:33
He`s a Policeman not a Rifle smith which is a whole world of difference..

Think on this Vim,

One of the most respected London gunmakers was started by a Tobacco salesman, shooting was only a hobby. But at the age of 34 he designed his first shotgun action. Harris Holland went on to start Holland and Holland no less. Wouldn’t mind a gun from this untrained back street fettler.8)

ATB

Tahr

KRS
23-02-2010, 23:51
Norman Clark built me a semi custom rifle by rebarrelling a Sako action, lapping the bolt lugs, pillar bedding and refinishing the stock and the result is a pleasure to look at and more importantly shoots extremely well. It did take a few months however due to Krieger delivery times for the barrel.

Regards,

KRS

Sako243
24-02-2010, 21:11
Callum at PRS gets vote. Everything he does is top quality

sikamalc
24-02-2010, 21:33
I like this new site, banning idiots is easier and more fun. It even tells you under their Avitar that they are banned !!!

Thar
24-02-2010, 21:42
I like this new site, banning idiots is easier and more fun. It even tells you under their Avitar that they are banned !!!

Does that mean my last post to Vim was wasted? I see Hunter V is banned.

Good site I agree, keep up the top work.

ATB

Tahr

sikamalc
24-02-2010, 22:45
Yep thats right you wasted your last post Tahr, sorry mate. Try as they like we will ban them straight away, they are so obvious its sad really. Only now it shows they have been banned, great aint it.

Redmist
25-02-2010, 06:10
Not sure if the chap was banned on my account or other misdemeanours.


Hey ho..


Custom Rifle builders - just bear in mind there are numerous in the UK, speak to a few and form your opinion of who you are dealing with. Reputation / recommendations goe a long way.

I would be happy to use anyone mentioned previously in the thread for my own builds - shame I dont have to :)

Mauser66
25-02-2010, 06:22
It's great that there are so many good riflesmiths in the UK. Good that we can match, of not surpass, the quality 'smiths in the US and elsewhere.

Nothing wrong in hobby riflesmiths; we all have to start somewhere.

admin
25-02-2010, 11:48
Redmist,

rest assured the banning has nothing to do with you or your post.

Mat
25-02-2010, 11:59
It's great that there are so many good riflesmiths in the UK. Good that we can match, of not surpass, the quality 'smiths in the US and elsewhere.

Nothing wrong in hobby riflesmiths; we all have to start somewhere.

+1

I think the idea of being 'time served' isn't necessarily good, it could be time served doing a rubbish job, I'd much rather go on personal recommendation and seeing the work. I'd look for their attention to detail. I'd apply the same principle to other areas other than gunsmiths (tradesmen for example ;) )