We are frequently asked for firearms & shooting accessories recommendations, and we love sharing the experience we have gained. In most cases, we do not charge a consultation fee for a couple quick emails that help you buy a gun in Jackson Hole or elsewhere.
On the other hand, many of our clients are seeking a turnkey solution for acquiring a new gun and the necessary accessories, especially for rifles. This is a task that takes 1 to 10 hours or more, and we are grateful to our many wonderful clients for keeping us so busy that we can not continue offering this service for free. The many hours spent applying our knowledge learned over many years to searching the Internet for the best scopes, rings, bases, rifles, spotting scopes, range bags, drag bags, scope bubble levels, cleaning supplies and equipment, range finders, ammo and other gear is valuable, and we hope you will allow us to assist you with the process.
Effective March 1, 2015, our “advanced” consultation, ordering, assembly, instruction-reading, tuning, unpacking, testing and other related work will be billed at our normal rate of $150/hr.
Some things to consider when purchasing a precision rifle.
- What caliber are you choosing? Why?
- Will you be hunting, engaging in long range precision competitions or doing other things with your rifle? Most people have numerous rifles, each for a different application. If you plan to carry your rifle in a scabbard on your horse through the mountains, then hike for many more miles, a heavy gun with a high power scope is a bad idea. If on the other hand, you want to shoot 1,200 yard matches, a lightweight hunting rifle might not be the best choice.
- What kind of after-market trigger are you considering?
- What kind of after-market stock are you considering?
- What kind of scope do you require? Is the ability to range with the reticle important, and if so, do you prefer mils or moa?
- What is your budget for the gun, scope, spotting scope and other accessories? A basic $750 rifle and scope combo is sufficient for some, but $5k or $10k buys a much better setup.
- Do you plan to “break in” your new barrel?
- What distances will you most commonly shoot? What is the maximum distance you want to shoot?
- Will you be reloading your own ammo?
- Is your budget for a spotting scope $300 or $5,000? Is a ranging reticle important?
- Will you be purchasing a laser range-finder?
- Will you be installing a muzzle brake or a suppressor?
- Why choose a heavy barrel versus a light barrel?
- Do you want an adjustable trigger pull length and an adjustable cheek riser?
- Is your scope diameter 1″, 30mm, 34mm, 35mm or other? This matters when selecting bubble levels and rings.
- Will you need a 20MOA elevated base?
This list is not meant to overwhelm you, we just hope you will enter this exciting process well-informed about what is worthy of consideration before making purchasing decisions. just about everything you need can be found on the Internet, and while it is a time-consuming process, it will be less expensive to research, order, install and learn more about use of your own gear. There are also many shooters and uncles that will likely provide you with this help for free or a lower hourly rate. From Shepard Humphries to Andy Ward to Scott Austin and many more, we stand ready to assist!
We hope you will choose us to help you set up a perfect rifle and to train you in its use! It is SO much fun!