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    OK...it's not in KC but SKB Shotguns does any/all repairs and cleaning for SKB shotguns. This would include, for example, the old Ithaca 500/600s and Weatherby Orions and Athenas as long as they are marked "Made in Japan". They don't do Turkish Orions, etc.

    So if you have any shotgun manufactured by SKB in Japan, these guys can handle it. They tightened the hinge on an Orion for me and cleaned it while it was there. This gun had thousands and thousands of rounds through it. Very satisfied with the work and price.

    SKB SHOTGUNS 4441 S 134TH ST|OMAHA, NE 68137-1107
    P800.752.2767|F402.330.8040

    <EDIT> It does sound like all you need is a Spring cleaning. Oil can drain in through the firing pin holes and gum up the works, amongst other causes. </EDIT>
    Last edited by Chestle; 01-29-2020 at 05:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chestle View Post
    OK...it's not in KC but SKB Shotguns does any/all repairs and cleaning for SKB shotguns. This would include, for example, the old Ithaca 500/600s and Weatherby Orions and Athenas as long as they are marked "Made in Japan". They don't do Turkish Orions, etc.

    So if you have any shotgun manufactured by SKB in Japan, these guys can handle it. They tightened the hinge on an Orion for me and cleaned it while it was there. This gun had thousands and thousands of rounds through it. Very satisfied with the work and price.

    SKB SHOTGUNS 4441 S 134TH ST|OMAHA, NE 68137-1107
    P800.752.2767|F402.330.8040

    <EDIT> It does sound like all you need is a Spring cleaning. Oil can drain in through the firing pin holes and gum up the works, amongst other causes. </EDIT>
    Dang - Wish I would have known this when my lug broke last year on my Model 385 -- I may just bypass Simmons on adjusting mine and send it in or find an excuse to go to Omaha for a couple days as I've never been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KsHusker View Post
    Dang - Wish I would have known this when my lug broke last year on my Model 385 -- I may just bypass Simmons on adjusting mine and send it in or find an excuse to go to Omaha for a couple days as I've never been there.
    KsHusker, I thought you might be from Nebraska given your user name. Omaha is a pretty good town. Some good breweries and restaurants downtown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    KsHusker, I thought you might be from Nebraska given your user name. Omaha is a pretty good town. Some good breweries and restaurants downtown.
    Grandparents grew up there in SW Nebraska - N Of Hays - - never would have came to the Wichita area back in the 40s or 50s had some family drama not happened and Grandpa would have been allowed to buy the Nebraska farm - then again I probably wouldn't exist as parents wouldn't have met- etc. Such is the fate of the universe. Never traveled there as all their family left the area long before I ever came along and dispersed across the US for some reason.

    Always a Husker fan since childhood - for now I'm stuck with the memories of greatness - now I just watch for nostalgia and pray for a better team...ha.

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    I'd also recommend Mike at gunsmithingonly. Does good work and in my experience seems way more personable than the folks at simmons.

    Somebody mentioned it earlier, familiarize yourself with his hours so you don't make a drive just to find out hes not open for drop off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matto View Post
    I've used Mike several times and would not hesitate to recommend him. In fact he re-soldered the barrel lug on my Ithaca 200e just a couple of years ago. The forearm fits tighter than before and the gun opens stiffer than it did before, but I don't consider either of those things to be problems. Living in Wichita the hours are a pain. He did offer to ship my Ithaca back to me, which helped a lot. Never experienced him to be an ahole, just a skilled craftsman who's far better at his craft than he is at customer service or small talk.

    On the other hand, if you're willing to ship the gun I would strongly recommend Ahlmans in Minnesota. I had a Franchi diamond elite that was not firing. I figured out for myself that it was a broken spring, and ordered the spring from Numrich. With the help of a friend who is an amateur gunsmith, we attempted to take it apart and only succeeded in messing it up enough that it wouldn't go back together properly. He sent me to Ahlmans. They seem to want to communicate in writing, ie, send them the gun with a written statement of what you want done, a phone number and a return address. No forms, no advance payment, nothing. I called them before sending the gun because it didn't seem like it should be that simple. They basically said "we can do that. send it to us." I don't think the person I spoke to even took a single note. It was incredibly fast and incredibly cheap.


    Maybe I caught him when he was having a bad day or was dealing with something personal - but the time I talked to him he was SO RUDE -- I like to give people the benefit of a doubt but it was like I got a big F you I dont want your business through the phone - rubbed me the wrong way as I didnt understand why he was so curt - Maybe worth giving a 2nd shot with all the positive feedback since Simmons didnt fix to my satisfaction after having used my gun this season and I dont really want to ship mine off. Called to SKB and they said they dont have the capability in house anymore to complete fit/barrel lug repairs etc -- but can replace/fix all internals -- they ship the lug/fit issues off to a gunsmith in Connecticut.

    (**PS -- without telling them where I got my SKB repaired and that I felt the fit was off on the forearm - and finally telling them at the end once he recommended I check out Simmons and a couple other shops in the KS/Nebraska area - the CT gunsmith kind of chuckled and said when I advised him I had issues with the repair he was guessing it was them that did it - knowing I was in KS -- not sure if that means something or not)
    Last edited by KsHusker; 01-30-2020 at 04:54 PM.

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    I just had to drop off my gun at Simmons in Olathe and had an awesome experience there. I dropped it off Monday morning and had it back fixed Monday afternoon.

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