what should I do

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by seanch, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. seanch

    seanch New Member

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    I have a marking 45-70 it was my uncles gun I went out shooting it in Sept. The ammo barrel was bent, so I took it to a local gunsmith he still doesn't have it fixed. I call him ever other week and he tells me a lie after another (or that's what I think) but come on its been 4 months and its not fixed yet. Some one please help, what would yall do thanks
     
  2. seanch

    seanch New Member

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    Marlin 45-70 not marking Dang phone
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Well, if he's not fixing your gun, you can demand it back. If he refuses, you could call the cops. I don't think you could really fix a bent barrel (are you talking about the actual barrel or the ammo tube?) . It probably has to be replaced. Is it an old gun or a newer gun? I ask because it may be harder to find a barrel for an old marlin which would explain the wait. But if this wasn't his excuse, I would try to get the gun back. I would at least ask to see the gun.
     
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  4. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    If he didnt have it done by this week,i would demand it back and take it somewhere else.
     
  5. trip286

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    Sounds like the ammo tube to me, correct?

    I'd demand it back. I know the few smiths in my area are backed up like a cheese fiend, but four months is an awful long time, especially when he's giving excuses. If he's backed up, there is no shame in saying so.
     
  6. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Don't call and tell him you want it back, go in and do it in person. If he has ordered a part (sounds like the tube magazine that you are saying is bent) that is rather simple to replace. I know when I have needed parts from Marlin it is extremely difficult to get them. (not so for other manufacturers in my experience. Ruger has sent me grip screws free of charge when I lost them!)

    If it is just a bent tube magazine I bet that could be made functional pretty easily by a competent gunsmith. I have done it with a .22 magazine. If you want it replaced that is pretty easy to do if you can get the part.
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    A friend if mine claims to have straightened out a dent in a .22 magazine tube by working a quarter inch wooden dowel rod in and out of it. I have no idea if he's full of crap on this one or not, but it sounds reasonable to me.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Worst thing you will EVER say to a gunsmith- "Take your time- I'm in no hurry."

    Sounds like you have a rifle with a damaged tubular magazine. If it does need replacing, that is not a difficult task. Neither is un-denting one. If it is not ready, there are other gunsmiths in this world. Ask for your gun back, go elsewhere.
     
  9. Vikingdad

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    Not full of crap at all. I used a small ball bearing brazed to the end of a rod and broached out the dent. After that I placed the tube in a pair of V-blocks and straightened it out from there. It is not perfect cosmetically but it is functionally perfect.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You may need to send him a certified letter demanding the rifle back. Normal procedure would be to give him 10 days to return it. At the end of 10 days, it could be considered Theft. Going in person still makes it your work against his. The certified letter is tangible proof of the demand and good evidence in court. In my jurisdiction, the prosecutors really are fond of certified letters. When a jury can put their hands on a piece of evidence, they tend to convict (of find in the plaintiff's favor in a civil case).
     
  11. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Bring it to me and I'll fix it while you watch.
     
  12. Vikingdad

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    I would go in first and ask for the rifle back (and accept it in pieces with documentation stating such if necessary) first. Then send a certified letter if you don't have it back after going in.

    Be nice if you go in and all. I don't mean that you should go in and make a scene at all. Just go in with your claim ticket and say that you would like to pick up your rifle. It might be that easy.