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I was shooting against John when he showed them to me, probably nearly 10 years ago. Exactly when they were done I couldn't say.


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John T the dentist?

I was just curious, Briley has been subbing and sending sleeving work to me the last few years since they lost their head gunsmith. I hadn’t recalled doing a partial project like described here.

If we are talking about the same John T I have sleeved two 34” guns in the last few years for him, full work. I believe a 28 and .410.


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That's him, Michael. Very nice guy, and a tough competitor. He's from up around Virginia, if I remember correctly.

We have shot together at the Southern Side by Side, near Georgetown, SC, several times. Had breakfast together on one occasion at Mingo's.

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tut, my in the white 32" Fox barrels are completely finished except for bluing and beads. The chokes are cut, the chambers are cut, the rim cuts are made, the ejectors are fitted, the rib is matted and the barrels are roll stamped.

These aren't the same quality as the rough barrels some bought and tried to get fitted. Keith Kearcher once told me that they were a nightmare to complete and fit.

These probably have had the initial striking done already, by Fox. I really should weigh them and try to compare the weight to someone else's barrels. I can't remember if there is a weight number on them. I'll try to remember to look tomorrow.

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tut, my in the white 32" Fox barrels are completely finished except for bluing and beads. The chokes are cut, the chambers are cut, the rim cuts are made, the ejectors are fitted, the rib is matted and the barrels are roll stamped.

These aren't the same quality as the rough barrels some bought and tried to get fitted. Keith Kearcher once told me that they were a nightmare to complete and fit.

These probably have had the initial striking done already, by Fox. I really should weigh them and try to compare the weight to someone else's barrels. I can't remember if there is a weight number on them. I'll try to remember to look tomorrow.

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You are a lucky lucky man. The one's that Jason B. had were rough to say the least. Dan Rossiter did one set for a client one time and I think he had over a week into striking to the point where his arms were about to fall off. Then they had to be sent out for rim cuts, chambers etc etc. I am not sure if the barrels were matted at the end of things, as it was a custom job totally and not an upgrade to a factory pattern as I recall. It was a very intensive project from the time/labor perspective for sure.


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Tut, the plot thickens .........

The NOS 32" barrel set also are serial numbered .......33055. They're #2 weight barrels and weigh 3 lbs. 12.5 oz.

Here's the kicker. The 30" barrel set, original to the gun I want to get the 32" set fitted to, are also #2 weight, and weigh 1.7 oz. MORE, at 3 lbs. 14.2 oz.

Those 32 inchers won't need any striking at all. They will likely handle so closely to the same as the original 30 inch set that I won't be able to feel any difference. Two inches longer, but 1.7 oz. lighter. Looks like a "match made in heaven".

Thanks for mentioning the barrel weight classes. I had never noticed that they are #2 weight, and had just (wrongly) assumed they would be a good bit heavier and handle differently. They may yet, but I doubt it.

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Stan, the two sets that two different smiths were working on were 32" 16 gauge barrels in the white that Jason had. I think the price of the barrels themselves in the white were circa 1,000 USD which seemed reasonable. However to fit them and finish them property when all was said and done was well over another grand and I mean well over.


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Yes, so I heard as well.

I was most blessed when a collector contacted me to make the offer to me. He had three sets at the time, and allowed me to pick one. I made that decision mostly based upon the width measurement across the breech. AIR, this set was within a couple .000" of being the same as my 30 " set.

They weren't cheap, but fortunately I had enough sense to realize the value, and have never regretted it. I've had them for at least 10 years, maybe more, waiting for the right gun to fit them to, and the right 'smith to do it. Men that are capable of properly fitting a set to an action don't grow on trees, either.

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