Have you ever wanted to be a gunsmith?
Or, do you just want to know what a gunsmith does to make your rifles more accurate?
This book is idea for both the guy making a living in gunsmithing and the hobbyist who wants to know how. It’s no B.S. approach is to tell you all the considerations that go into accuracy in a rifle. It’s not just the barrel, or how its installed. Things like trigger jobs and the quality of the ammunition certainly play into the equation.
When I went to gunsmithing school we were taught a rudimentary understanding of how to install a barrel. A simple list of the facts would be:
- Face the barrel breach square to the muzzle
- Put the barrel in a four jaw chuck
- Install a spider on the outboard side of the lathe head
- use the chuck and spider to dial in the barrel on the bore.
- Thread the barrel
- Chamber the barrel
- turn it around and dial it in again
- Polish and blue
Very little was taught about headspace, tollerances, throats, crowns or various ways to hold the reamer for better results. My first year working in a gun shop in Coeur d’Alene, ID I learned more about this subject than I did in two years of school. Luckily I worked for a guy who had years of experience and had learned a lot of useful tricks. Once my mind was opened up the concept of constantly looking for a better way, the flood gates opened up. I have tried just about every tool and method I could think of or that I was made aware of. Some things work better than others and often it’s a matter of personal taste as to which method works best in your shop. With that said, facts are facts. Some methods and tools really improve the quality of the work performed, sometimes they are no better but the speed the process aiding the working gunsmith in making a decent living.
My Buddy Gordy Gritters and I were discussing this subject and quickly came to the conclusion that we had a book in the making. Our combined experience is over 75 years working in the gun industry. This book is #3 in the “Gunsmithing Student Handbook Series”.
I took on the task of describing methods, tools, and all the variables that go into accuracy, no matter who is doing the work. Gordy took on the task of writing about the methods used for benchrest quality barrel work. You see there is a substantial difference in the cost of a hunting rifle over a bench rest gun. The reason for this is simple, time and effort spent on detail after detail when you build bench rest guns. In short, it cost money to squeeze every bit of accuracy from a gun.
It ended up that we split the book into two parts. Part I is about hunting rifles and how to get sub-MOA results and not have to sell the farm to pay for it. Part II is no holds barred, spend all the time and money that it takes to punch holes in the paper that are so close together that it’s tough to tell more than one shot was fired…
Whether you are a gunsmithing customer who wants to understand what is involved, a hobby gunsmith needing to learn or a professional who wants to hone skills that will make you money; This book is for you.