Looking for a gunsmith in the portland area to repair a small dent in a 20guage side by side

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  1. airbats801

    airbats801
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    I'm still not quite sure how it happened, but during my last hells canyon trip pretty much the one gun closest to me got a small ding in the barrel of a old ithaca side by side 20guage that was my dad. It's pretty much that one gun out of the collection that I inherited from him that really I really relate too,

    Anyhow, eough with that, I do know it's possible to get barrels fixed. Who do you guys recommend for this? I am willing to travel a bit. This gun is extremely important to me, as I spent many years grouse and quail hunting with him with this gun.

    Thanks in advance for any helpful replies. Shaun
     
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  2. Joe13

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    No personal recommendations from me but calling around starting with ones closer too you and talking with them should give you a real good idea if they are up to the task or not.


    IMO, guns are for shooting but having said that - there are a few guns that I inherited and are not replaceable so get used rarely and are mostly safe queens because of the problem your having right now.
     
  3. etrain16

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    Let's bring @Velzey in to this conversation. He may be able to do that repair. If not, he may know who can.
     
  4. ogre

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    How far is the damage from the muzzle?
     
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  5. Velzey

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    Yes I've raised a dent or two in quite a few shotgun barrels. Nothing worse than using my grandfathers shotgun and then whacking it on the tailgate of my truck and putting a big dent in it..That was the first one I fixed..
    I've done allot since then!

    Can you post up a photo of the dent?
     
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  6. airbats801

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    THe dent is 17" away from the breech and 7 1/4 away from the muzzle
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  7. airbats801

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    Yeah it would be easier to lock it away, but frankly it's my favorite grouse gun. Probably bcause of the auto ejectors. I was always jealous the skb he bought me when I was a kid didnt have them, and it does really help when you get into a few quail :)
     
  8. Velzey

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    well I have a 12 gauge and a 16 gauge English hydraulic dent raiser but not a 16. I have a friend with a 16ga raiser so I just need to figure out what trade him for it. These things run about $400 each but are worth their weight in gold if you need it!
     
  9. Kruejl

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    I feel your pain. I have a Stevens 12 gauge side by side that was my father's first gun (his 14th birthday present and he's 70 now). I keep it in the back of the safe with a gun sock over it. One of my favorite pieces. It's good to see so many of us are sentimental about our firearms and their origins. I hope Velzey can fix you up. From what I've heard, he's the man for the job.
     

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