Originally Posted by bearrwe
How much do you know about guns? This isn't a trick question or meant as grief. To make a barrel from stock metal is a process of ifs own, precision drilling and rifling. What kind of rifling do you plan to do. What type of finishes are you looking at. Also how big an operation do you have planned? Are you doing all work or farming some jobs out? Just points to ponder.
Well, I've owned and shot for most of my life. I know all about the process of barrel making, and plan to use a sine bar rifler. Old fashioned rust blue might cost extra, so I think an opinion of leaving the gun in the white might be available.
As for the size, just like any other business it starts small. Maybe I'll offer 2 guns at the start, save up my capital and then grow. Seems about the right way to go about it. I think the 1903 clone in 30-06, 308, 30-30 (yep, the lever one), and a small handful of others, would be good enough as a starter.
Maybe in five years from the start I'll be offer all of them with quite a few members of the cooperative. That would be sure nice.
I don't like the idea of farming anything out. Even if I did, machinists are getting few and far between.
Now the lawyer, that might be a problem. Oh Lawd I don't know nothing bout settlin' no law suites!