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Thinking in the next 3 or 4 months I would like to get a gun from them. Does anyone have experience with them. What do you like and dislike about them? They are producing a gun called the Mark VII with multiple options. ANY experience??
 

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top notch company,been in business for 30 years plus,you can have it your way with them, plus it's all PA using PA craftsmen. highly recommend!
 

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Hey vapor trail. I guess the news of your demise was rather premature? good to see you're back.
 

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Nice to have you back and as always enjoy your input on firearms. Maybe somebody was having a bad day. We all do at times and often regret our actions towards others. Oh well, good to see you back
 

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They are producing a gun called the Mark VII with multiple options. ANY experience??
Only what I read and saw. A guy had one at the club in 308. They're built on a Savage AT action, use a shouldered barrel instead of the nut, aftermarket recoil lug and stock. I assume the receiver face was squared, but what other tweaks they may do, truing, timing and etc I don't know. The guy at the range wouldn't let me rip his apart to see for some strange reason.


IIRC his groups were hanging in the 3/4"-1" range.

Give Chris a call. He'll give you all the details,prices and etc.

Bill
 

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Shaw rifles is a NEW company. Separate from the barrel making operation. I've seen their rifles, Ok but seemed pricey to me; Shaw barrels are OK but are never seen on the competitive circuit. Shaw barrels has, under contract, made barrels for Remington/Savage and others over the years....decent quality for the price. I think of it as a 'factory barrel'.

Shaw is promoting a spiral fluting on their rifles. It is a lighter barrel as more metal is removed. I didn't buy into it, as it seems to me the heat will cause the barrel to distort radicaly, twisting...not what I want in an accurate rifle.
 

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Yes, the Shaw people seem to be happy about the spiral fluting because they got a patent on it. I read the patent before I talked to the Shaw people about what they saw as the good about the spiral....never got a good answer..except it reduces the weight and helps on cooling on hot barrels. Never had a barrel heating problem on big game hunts. And a thinner barrel will weigh the same or less. I think Browning had some spirals on the first 2-3 inches of their barrels years ago. It was just cosmetic, but would seem to do the same as Shaw's except it wasn't carried close to the muzzle.

Wonder, does anyone thing the spiral Shaw barrels are 'cool'.
 

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Spirals have been around for a while. It was another method of increasing the surface area to supposedly speed up cooling. It is also supposed to have the advantage of a lighter barrel with the stiffness of a bull barrel. I don't see the advantage to anyone except bench shooter and prairie dog hunters. Then it might be of advantage, but not on a big game rifle. Unless it was an long range rifle and to reduce weight and increase stiffness like a Sendero.

I don't know if there is any merit to spirals over straight flutes. I don't think its possible for the barrel to distort in the shape of the flutes. To my way of thinking that could only happen if one side was cool while the other got really hot. The heat from shooting or setting in the sun would be uniform. Under that extreme case, any barrel could be susceptible.

I personally have considered one. But only cause its a lighter weight replacement to the current bull barrel and I need the profile to remain the same OD since the channel of my stock is already cut.

I don't think it looks terrible.
 

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I had a spiral fluted Shilen on a 7 short mag that I sold on here. i wasnt patial either way about it. It shot well and did keep fairly cool but I cant say it improved my life any.

As far as Shaw barrels, i havent had one. A few silhouette shooters I know had poor experiences with them. But, thats only what i have head, not what i have seen firsthand.
 

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had a 257 weatherby bbl, made by them . shot great , nice company , they make bbls at the hidelbergh place about 5 miles north of bridgeville, then couple years ago they open a place in bridgevile thats were they make complete rifles . been at both places , the guns are well made and look good, but i feel there price is a tad bit high,
 

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They are listing the Mark VII at $670. Not sure on what's included in that and I know the price only goes up from there. I rather keep my money in PA if I can thats why I was looking at them.
 

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class act have 4 guns made buy them all top quality. would recomend to anybody looking for a custom made gun.
 

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My 1903 is going to be rebarreled by them in the coming months. Six month lead time for the service, but having talked to them and looked at the alternatives - the price is resonable.

I will keep all posted on the process and results.
 
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