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Recommend a gunsmith on the coast?

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Old 12-02-2017, 02:00 PM
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Default Recommend a gunsmith on the coast?

Not in a hurry (it's deer season so I figured they might be busy) but wanna get a trigger job on a rifle(s).

Within an hour of slidell, or anywhere on i-59 from meridian southward is about how far I'm willing to drive.

Shipping is not entirely out of the question, but I would much prefer to not ship if possible.

Who are people using and have good experiences with?

if it matters one is a m77 mkII and one is an a-bolt
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:25 PM
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I put the light spring below in my son's A bolt with excellent results. 5 minutes tops. No adjustments. They also have adjustible drop in triggers for both. Not a major deal to install at all. I have them on an 1903A3 Springfield and a 1909 Argentine Mauser.

https://www.timneytriggers.com/shop/...pring-kit.aspx

Edit: No drop in trigger for the A bolt, just the spring kit.
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I put the light spring below in my son's A bolt with excellent results. 5 minutes tops. No adjustments. They also have adjustible drop in triggers for both. Not a major deal to install at all. I have them on an 1903A3 Springfield and a 1909 Argentine Mauser.

https://www.timneytriggers.com/shop/...pring-kit.aspx
I did a simple spring replacement in my A-bolt a couple years ago and the results were amazing. I think I paid $20 from Brownells. I put a Timney in my Remington 700 and it is great too. Wide trigger, ZERO creep, light pull, clean break... I think it was around $130

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Old 12-03-2017, 07:57 AM
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Modern Outfitters in Meridian
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
I did a simple spring replacement in my A-bolt a couple years ago and the results were amazing. I think I paid $20 from Brownells. I put a Timney in my Remington 700 and it is great too. Wide trigger, ZERO creep, light pull, clean break... I think it was around $130
Yes indeed.

I looked at Trimney's website and you are correct. For the a-bolt you buy a kit with a couple springs for around $30.

For the m77 you buy a whole kit for like $130.

Makes me wonder if I might just come out ahead by selling the m77 and buying another a-bolt?
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Modern Outfitters in Meridian
I will check them out.

Do you hunt in that area?
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Eduardo Shaheen in Baton Rouge............but wait till next season........he is slow as chilled molasses
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I called this guy a month or so ago. I ended up not needing him, but based on his reviews, the price quote he gave me and how dang nice he was on the phone, I'll go to him if I ever need anything.

William Berthelot Gunsmith
212 Hoover Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
Phone: (985) 643-8871
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
I will check them out.

Do you hunt in that area?
I don’t. I knew the owner a little bit in college and am pretty good friends with his brother. Solid guys
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Can't for the life of me remember his shops name (I should be ashamed) but there is a very well known (in St.Tammany atleast) smith in Slidell off of Fremeaux.
First name is Bill. Can get you the specifics in the A.M. if you're interested.
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Can't for the life of me remember his shops name (I should be ashamed) but there is a very well known (in St.Tammany atleast) smith in Slidell off of Fremeaux.
First name is Bill. Can get you the specifics in the A.M. if you're interested.
See if the name in post #8 rings a bell?

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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
See if the name in post #8 rings a bell?

Thanks
That's him.
He and my boss and bosses son are very good friends.
I haven't used home but everyone I know, who has, says that they were very pleased.
Think he finally retired from driving a school bus.

If you want, tell him the guys @ Accurate Edge highly recommended him
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I called this guy a month or so ago. I ended up not needing him, but based on his reviews, the price quote he gave me and how dang nice he was on the phone, I'll go to him if I ever need anything.

William Berthelot Gunsmith
212 Hoover Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
Phone: (985) 643-8871
I have used Bill quite extensively --he does great work.
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That's good to hear about Bill. He spent a lot of time on the phone talking to me and giving me info.
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For about $14 plus shipping you can do it yourself. I haven't used the Ruger but I put a spring in an A-bolt and WOW what a difference. Took all of 5 minutes.

http://erniethegunsmith.com/catalog/c1_p1.html
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I've used him multiple times he was thorough competent and reasonable


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I called this guy a month or so ago. I ended up not needing him, but based on his reviews, the price quote he gave me and how dang nice he was on the phone, I'll go to him if I ever need anything.

William Berthelot Gunsmith
212 Hoover Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
Phone: (985) 643-8871
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That's good to hear Rob30. I have been getting a little more adventurous wrenching on guns. Eventually I was going to screw something up and need him. When I called him earlier, that's what I talked to him about. I was going to try to do something myself and I was asking how much he'd charge to bail me out. I was surprised that he was genuinely happy to help. He even spent a while just BSing with me on the phone.
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