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#1044 - 09/13/06 01:41 PM gunsmith recommendation
Seymour Sunny Offline
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Registered: 09/13/06
Posts: 18
Loc: Louisville, KY
I need to have a little work done to my 20 ga. Fox Sterlingworth (chokes opened; maybe forcing cones extended), and I wanted to know if anyone on this site has used Larry Feland in Katy, TX. And if so, I am hoping he will share his opinion of his work with us. I talked to Larry on the phone yesterday; he seemed quite knowledgable and was extremely accommodating and willing to listen to the specifics of my needs (a very rare trait among the gunsmiths I know). And he says he could complete the work after 3-4 days of receiving the gun!

Other recommendations are certainly welcome. I have used a number of gunsmiths before, with mixed results. Orvis did not impress me at all. Griffin and Howe did a good job on fixing my Arrieta 16 ga. last year, but they took a few months to get to it. Ideally, I'd like to have the gun back within a few weeks.

I wish there was someone good in the area where I live (Louisville, KY); but I know of no one I would trust this work to.

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#1045 - 09/13/06 01:45 PM Re: gunsmith recommendation
Jim Legg Offline
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Registered: 01/20/02
Posts: 5983
Loc: Utah
Don't know your Larry but I can personally recommend Mike Orlen. Mike has done work for me and many others on this site and is a frequent contributor with his help and expertise.
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#1046 - 09/13/06 02:15 PM Re: gunsmith recommendation
Dave M. Offline
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Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 643
Loc: West Michigan
I'd second Mike Orlen, he's did choke work on my Parkers. But why mess with your forcing cones?

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#1047 - 09/13/06 02:18 PM Re: gunsmith recommendation
Hansli Offline
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Registered: 03/15/06
Posts: 516
Loc: Texas
Mike's the man for this kind of work. I have heard good about Larry, but have used Mike and he's the go to guy for barrel work in my opinion. He also reads and supports several of the boards.

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#1048 - 09/13/06 02:18 PM Re: gunsmith recommendation
Ken Hurst Offline
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Registered: 08/14/05
Posts: 1698
Loc: Robersonville, N.C.
Absolutely , Mike Orlen is da man for me !!!! He has just finished another bbl amd only had it for about a week ---- typical of his service & del. Ken
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#1049 - 09/13/06 02:43 PM Re: gunsmith recommendation
Seymour Sunny Offline
Boxlock

Registered: 09/13/06
Posts: 18
Loc: Louisville, KY
Thanks guys, for the Mike Orlen recommendation. I just sent an e-mail message to him explaining what I'd like to have done.

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#1050 - 09/13/06 06:13 PM Re: gunsmith recommendation
PeteM Offline
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Registered: 11/29/05
Posts: 4598
Loc: IL
If the work is Fox specific, you might give Bill Schwarz, 706 276 7668, a call. He carries some parts and is able to make others.

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#1051 - 09/13/06 11:03 PM Re: gunsmith recommendation
Drew Hause Offline
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Registered: 01/18/06
Posts: 7886
Loc: AZ but dreaming of KS
Here's a positive thread about Larry Feland from SS BB http://bbs.shootingsportsman.com/viewtopic.php?t=29909

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#1052 - 09/14/06 08:10 AM Re: gunsmith recommendation
Jim Cassada Offline
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Registered: 12/31/01
Posts: 555
Loc: Richmond, VA
I just got my LC Smith barrels back from Mike Orlen. Fast turnaround, very good price, and as far as I can tell the job was done right.

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