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#613545 04/06/22 10:09 AM
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So I was chatting with an ex H&H barrel man this morning who still does a bunch of work for the trade including the big name houses and was floored with the cost of a new set of barrels through a top tier gunmaker. I knew it was high because I had a price quote a little of ten years ago of 22,000 gbp. I about dropped the phone when I heard the current price 37,000 GBP. Lots of work and skill required to be sure but dang, that is some serious loot!


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And here I thought 15k was ridiculous……that was the cost of a friends Stephen Grant he sent back to London for new barrels in the early 2000’s.😳

Was that for chopper lump or dovetail lump barrels? Do you get a choice?

I wonder what the cost comparison would be to have new barrels made on the continent….more than a few capable, best quality makers in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy to take on the job.

I’ve seen some really nice, high grade Scott Tri-plex’s that had new barrels made in Germany and Austria…high quality stuff made with Bohler-Antinit. Tough barrels to make and fit too with the odd cocking bar & rod system.

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Chopper lump. Feel any better now Dustin? wink


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Originally Posted by SKB
Chopper lump. Feel any better now Dustin? wink
No, not really. I understand why nice things cost a lot of money, I get it….but 37k GBP for barrels is a tad on the absurd side.

I wonder what the price difference is for dovetail lump barrels.

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It used to be exactly 3 Guineas (£3/3/0d) but that was in 1895.

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I agree completely and I firmly feel a top tier craftsman should be well paid but 37k GBP? Totally absurd. Especially as you and I both know, the work is not done in house but simply run through the order books.


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You think that's bad? Dave used to get $10.00 for things sold here on his site. Then the price went up to $12.00.

But some folks figured out that they could avoid that cost by advertising their business ventures in their tagline, and just stiff him on the $12.00

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Not a new phenomena: I would bet Turkey would a good place for new barrels these days. This gentleman went to Liege for his new barrels:

1894 book called "Incidents of Foreign Sport and Travel," 1894, by Colonel Pollok.
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John Dickson will rebuild an older action with new barrels and new stock made to measure for 25K


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