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Swan barrels

Post by HighCountry » 02 Dec 2017, 11:10 pm

Does anybody here have any experience with Swan barrels and their work? Allan sounds like a genuine old school 'smith. I'm looking at rebarreling and refinishing a rough Sako L579 that I am eyeing off from 22-250 to 6.5 Creed'. Going to go for a fluted 22" mid weight profile to make a neat all rounder so I'm mixing a bit of old school with a modern barrel design. It'll be replacing a sporterised '96.
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Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 02 Dec 2017, 11:58 pm

Myself personally i do not have any experience with Swan Barrels however i do have a friend of mine that has one and talks very highly if his work and barrel. I have had two dealings with Allen and would recomend him without hesitation.
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Re: Swan barrels

Post by Mitch » 03 Dec 2017, 5:30 am

He did a weatherby from 223 to 6x45 for me.
Stainless 20" fluted tube. Custom profile cost no extra. Rifle consistently shoots 1/2 MOA. Load development was 10 steps at .3gr each step, worst group was 0.96MOA.

Definitely reccomend!
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Post by bigrich » 03 Dec 2017, 6:51 am

have heard nothing but good things about allan, i'm going to see him about getting some work done very soon
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Post by Mitch » 03 Dec 2017, 9:44 am

I'm quite possibly going to get my 260 rebarrelled by them shortly.
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Post by Tripod » 03 Dec 2017, 10:51 am

I have probably 20 rifles done by Allan from .17's to 50cal and he has 4 of mine atm getting done and I am dropping 2 more off this week when I am up there which makes 6 and I will bring at least 3 home with me the following week. Yes you could say I am happy with his work.
I try to make his job easier and avoid possible problems by taking my stock and any other accessories off and leaving them at home.
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Post by marksman » 03 Dec 2017, 11:24 am

what are his prices like :unknown:
and how much are his barrels?
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Post by Tripod » 03 Dec 2017, 11:56 am

marksman wrote:what are his prices like :unknown:
and how much are his barrels?

I can't say what his retail prices are as I get trade price but allowing for normal markups he would be the second cheapest in Aus just in front of Sprinter barrels but his barrels are far superior to Sprinter and are all lapped. And there is a member on here who lives close to Sprinter in SA and yet sends his rifles to Allan in QLD.
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Post by Mitch » 03 Dec 2017, 1:37 pm

They are about to increase the price. Blyed is about 640, staino is about 765. Going up by $30 i believe
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Post by Tripod » 03 Dec 2017, 11:11 pm

Mitch wrote:They are about to increase the price. Blyed is about 640, staino is about 765. Going up by $30 i believe

Pretty sure those prices would include chambering and fitting, I will get prices when I see him on Tuesday and put them up here.
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Post by Mitch » 04 Dec 2017, 4:49 am

Sorry yea those prices are profiled, chambered and fitted.

Straight fluting is around $165 extra.
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Post by marksman » 04 Dec 2017, 7:34 am

they are very good prices even with adding some postage
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Post by gunnnie » 27 Dec 2017, 9:09 pm

Alan did the metalwork on my Lee Speed 375 Nitro Express flanged. Will be getting him to build a 20-222Rimmed on a Cadet action.
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Post by bigrich » 08 Mar 2018, 5:13 pm

anybody had any recent experience with alan swan and what sort of wait time did you have for him ?
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Post by bigrich » 08 Mar 2018, 8:14 pm

i realize the guy is in demand, i have two rifles in his shop, and time seems to be dragging out. just wondering what a normal turn around time is for a gunsmith these days. anyone got any experience or opinions ?
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Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 08 Mar 2018, 10:20 pm

Couple of weeks ive heard
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Post by bigrich » 09 Mar 2018, 5:30 am

it's bin three and a half month wait on a warranty job.Three and a half moths ago i bought a rifle done by alan from a gun shop, it wouldn't feed. two months later, after pushing, it's discovered it was put back together with no feed ramp. i was told 2-3 weeks. it's now bin 6 weeks. GETTING FRUSTRATED........
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Post by Mitch@Ripley » 12 Mar 2018, 7:11 pm

pretty sure it's a swan barrel on the custom .22 I'm buying off a mate, great work but the barrel was dodgy'd up by another smith when it was shortened!!!
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