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jswanson
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:20 am  Reply with quote



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I am looking for a good Double Guns smith in the treasure coast area of Florida. In the past I had used Bill Gillette at Quail Creek but unfortunately he is very ill and has given up his craft. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Joe

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16gaDavis
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:36 pm  Reply with quote



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Location: canandaigua - western n.y. (formerly deerhunter)

Joe , that's amazing that Bill is still around . Almost bought my 1st gun from him nearly a million yrs ago when he was in Spencerport here . Sort of pioneer the expanded Stan Baker type choke installation by using a POLY sleeve .

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jswanson
PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:27 am  Reply with quote



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Bill was a gentleman as well as a good smith. I'm not 100% sure of his present ailment but I know he was continuously on Oxygen while working in the small trailer he had set up at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee. I wish him the best. But would like to find a local or at least nearby replacement. you know how it is when your shooting , I would see or experience something I would like to have taken care of and just walk over to his shop, and it would be done the next time I came back. I was about the only guy using SXS and he like working on them.

Joe

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jswanson
PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:28 am  Reply with quote



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I got the name of a fellow named "Helms" anyone ever hear of him??

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fn16ga
PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:47 pm  Reply with quote
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Yes , I know Merrel Helms very well ,very nice guy . He was at one time the head of Brownings' target gun shop . I have had him do work on some of my O/Us . He has done a great job with them . He is not a double gunsmith of vintage SXS 's for restoration work . I would think he could handle most repairs if he can get parts .


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jswanson
PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:40 pm  Reply with quote



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Jupiter, is that correct??

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fn16ga
PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:23 am  Reply with quote
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jswanson, I sent you a pm.
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