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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: Turning Down A Barrel??
They likely aren't willing to do it, not because they can't mechanically do it, but because they are concerned about the issues listed in the previous posts.
Metal can do weird stuff when you mess with it like that, and I would bet you a dollar a lot of smiths see that kind of thing as incurring a huge risk to have a ticked off customer when the barrel goes wonky after turning and your tackdriver starts shooting much bigger groups than it used to shoot. If you look at it from their perspective, they don't know the metallurgy of the barrel in intimate detail, and even if they did, it could still bite them in the butt when they turn or flute it.
Shortening is a bit different, but also know that it'll mess with the harmonics of the barrel, which means the pet loads it used to like may or may not still be good loads after shortening it up.
If this were my personal rifle, I'd be thinking more about selling, as was mentioned, get back what I can (knowing I'll lose some money in the sale compared to my initial outlay of funds), and go into a barrel more to my liking as a new barrel.
I had a rifle rebored. This is a process the guy who did it has done many times with great references, so I felt ok sending it, BUT....I also sent it knowing full well that if it went sideways I would be buying a new barrel.