If any of you have been following my debacle on the Rifles Equipment post you will know I gave up on the Merkel and settled for a Styer Luxus.
A very nice rifle 'as is' but who buys a rifle and doesn't immediately start to change things on it
Well this is a warning that I wish I had before I bought it.
I want to get it threaded for a sound moderator so the first thing is to get the front site off.
I rang round several gunshops and was told it would take at least two to three weeks and some didn't want the job anyway, far too busy or didn't touch Styer
I eventually found a gunsmith who was willing to do the job and £50 later the job was done.
Now here is the warning. When I looked at the barrel end it had two bright splodges, that is all I can describe them as, where he had used a hacksaw and a file, on the end where the sight had been.
I asked what happened and he said the sight was held on with two screw studs that were welded into the barrel and the weld is harder than the barrel steel, hard as diamonds, his words.
Which means when I take it for threading the chap may either ruin his cutter or end up with a mess on the end of the barrel if it splinters.
I am now considering, subject to the threaders advice, getting the barrel cut below the splodges and then getting it threaded.
I have since been told the Styer barrels are 'choked' to give it's accuracy, like Blaser, I am told, so by chopping I may not have as accurate a rifle as it could be.
All of this was told to me by the gunsmith. I can see the weld splodges so know that is correct but have not spoken to my threader yet.
Can any other practical gunsmith cast any light on the comments made and, hopefully, tell me that is a load of B****s and it will thread like any other rifle barrel