First off - Welcome to the FTF Community.
A lot of the members here would suggest that new members stop by the Introduction Section and introduce yourself to the membership. It is up to you if you wise to do that.
Now, you live in Wisconsin according to your info at the left the screen?
Wisconsin has some of the BEST barrel makers ON THE PLANET!
If you are serious, I would do some research in your area. If there is a traditional gun shop or barrel maker in your area, I would pull a "Shaolin Trainee" if I was you.
That means you show up in the morning, you ask "Pretty please may I" and if he says no, you clean the steps around you ( in your case shovel the snow ) and you wait untl the Master leaves, upon which you again ask "Pretty please may I".
Seriously, there are some GREAT gunsmiths in your part of the world, I would look to apprentice under one of the masters.
It will beat on line 250,000 to 1 all day, every day.