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Rebarrel a S&W K-frame .38 Special

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Backfire, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    I'd like to rebarrel a S&W Model 10 .38 revolver with a 6-inch barrel, one inch diameter with milled flats, and put a ramp on it for a dot sight. The gentlemen I'd normally rely upon for this task are out of state, and I find FedEx's requirement for overnight firearms shipment a bit difficult to accept or afford. Can anyone recommend a good Oregon pistolsmith?
     
  2. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT Federal Way Active Member

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    There was a guy in Southern Oregon who specialized in custom revolvers. For the life of me I cannot remember his name, he built this Model 10 DAO silhouette gun

    SmithampWesson10_zps452a4245.jpg
     
  3. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    TINCANBandit,
    The bull barrel (with milled flats) is very much what I had in mind for my .38 Special, though I have a base for a dot sight. If you relocate the name and address of the gunsmith, I'd be obliged. Thanks.
    Ed
     
  4. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT Federal Way Active Member

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    it was engraved on the barrel, I'll see if I can enlarge the photo enough to read it
     
  5. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    FedEx requires overnight shipment of firearms ($60) and I'd have to pay for its return as well. That adds $120 to the price of the gunsmith's work, which moves the task out of the realm of practicality (and affordability). I'd rather deal with a gunsmith to whom I can personally deliver and pick up the work. $120 shipment to/from borders on the absurd for a $220-250 job.
     
  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    FFL's can ship to another FFL without sending next day air, as in UPS ground. Try calling around and see if that's an option.
     
  7. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    jbett98, Thank you for your advice. I will explore that option.
     
  8. tdb59

    tdb59 OR Active Member

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    Priority Mail FFL to FFL is also quite simple.
     
  9. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    It had been a great while since I had to send a firearm anywhere; there were always options within driving range, and I will drive a great distance to drop off and pick up my equipment, to discuss issues with the gunsmith. I relocated to the Northwest in 1997 and the pistolsmiths I relied upon before that (Cake-Davis of Sacramento, CA) are apparently no longer in business. I believe there are excellent riflesmiths and pistolsmiths in Oregon, but only recently have I changed priorities to address those projects.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014
  10. tdb59

    tdb59 OR Active Member

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  11. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    K-22 and (deleted member) like this.
  12. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    Gentlemen,
    I genuinely appreciate your suggestions and I am exploring them. I'll post a photo of the finished product.
    Ed
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014
  13. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    You can ship it yourself via UPS to a gunsmith for repairs or mods. It's not changing ownership, so no need to involve a FFL.