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Hi Bill,
I was reading though some posts and I noticed in your profile you are from Pittsburgh.
You seem to know your stuff pretty well and I was wondering if you could recommend a gunsmith in the Pittsburgh area?
I haven't been able to get a solid recommendation from any of my friends here...
I just need to get some trigger work done, but I'd like to find a good shop to rely on for all my needs.

Any help would be appreciated

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Depending on what you have that needs work, I'd recommend Tony Molinaro in Dormont. He has done a lot of custom work in the past and has a good reputation. As for an all-around good gun shop, I wholeheartedly suggest Braverman Arms in Wilkinsburg. If you stop in, tell Bud, JR, and the guys I sent ya. And stop by my place, as I'm but a few blocks from their front door. Braverman's really has an old timey, sit around the wood stove kind of feel. For a larger on-site selection you can't beat Ace's in Washington. It's a bit of a drive from the Burgh, but they have a stock like you can't believe. For an example, when I bought two Springfield Armory M-1A's back in '91 they had six to choose from!

Truthfully if you're concerned about scope damage, why not remove it before sending the gun for work? I think any decent gunsmith will do the same if doing such work where the rifle will be upside down for a time. Sure it means re-sighting the arm but, hey, one more reason to go shooting, eh?

Another alternative is a drop-in affair like Timney, etc. If you have a modicum of skill with hand tools it isn't difficult.

Braverman's has a very good selection of powders from IMR, Hodgdon, Alliant, etc. I also believe, but am not certain, that they carry Vhita Vhorri (sp?) as well. Call them at 412-241-1344.
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