Originally Posted by EW1066
This would be the minimum acceptable quality. Not an image of the best I could find but the minimum I would accept. If you use this as the "minimum acceptable standard", that guy DESTROYED your rifle. I suspect , based on the fact that he felt that was acceptable work, that he will not replace the barrel unless you take him to court.
IF he replaces the barrel, just send it to ADCO and have them do the pinning. You will barely be able to see the weld.
That's not as nice as the pinning-job on my Stag. I'm pretty sure both New York and New Jersey have very similar laws on this issue: barrel must either have nothing on the end (no threads) or have a muzzle break (not a flash hider - those are evil, apparently) pinned and silver-soldered to 1500 degrees.
What that 'smith did was ruin your barrel. Demand a replacement for what you have. Then, take it and your rifle to a gunsmith who cares about the quality of work he does and have them fit the new barrel and pin your muzzle break properly.