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Mickey Coleman/gunsmith #14443444 01/07/20
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Does anyone have rifles that he put together before his passing? Have the potential to get a 280 AI he put together, was looking for feedback.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14443509 01/07/20
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He had a fine reputation here, and if the rifle is something you want I would not hesitate.

Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14443787 01/07/20
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Mickey Coleman, God rest his soul, was a great gunsmith. He built my .280AI and 6BR. They are the most consistently accurate rifles I have ever owned.

Buy with confidence. If Mickey built it the rifle will be a shooter.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14444066 01/07/20
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Any rifle that Mickey built will be good to go. He built me a 257 Bee, a 25-204, a 250 Savage, and a 257AI. All excellent rifles. Only one I still have is the 25-204.

In the later years, Mickey had a younger man that chambered his rifles under Mickey's supervision (maybe due to eyesight, if I recall correctly). His name escapes me at the moment. Those were all also good to go.



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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14444264 01/07/20
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Getting Mickey to build me a rifle was one of those,
"Someday I will...too late now" things for me.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14444315 01/07/20
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I picked up a 25-284 that Mickey built. It is a very good shooter and I used it to take a buck this fall.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14444363 01/07/20
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Mickey knew how to make rifles shoot very well.

Sometimes he even helped shooters shoot better. Received my first serious lesson in benchrest shooting 25 years ago from Mickey. Using one of his 6mm PPC rifles, was able to put them all in the same hole at 100 yards.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14446829 01/08/20
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He's missed. If I ever see his mark on a rifle, I'll try to make it mine.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14447112 01/08/20
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Mickey Coleman R-700 22-250 - most accurate i own . Period ...


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: Dave_Skinner] #14447114 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by Dave_Skinner
He's missed. If I ever see his mark on a rifle, I'll try to make it mine.


He didn't put his name on any of mine.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14448865 01/09/20
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Right now I have 5 rifles he built for me. They all shoot excellent.

Used one a few weeks ago to take a deer....recently had the inlet changed for M5 bottom metal so I had to bed pillars, re-bed the action/recoil lug so I thought I'd go ahead and full length bed the barrel channel. After the bedding set up I mounted a different scope on it and sighted it in. At 100 yards 3 bullets made a single hole that was slightly larger than bullet diameter....not big enough to be called a cloverleaf but you could tell the edges of the hole wasn't perfectly round.

That rifle has shot everything I've put through the #2 Douglas it wears well. I've never cleaned it. It's killed multiple truckloads of deer. If you like the rifle don't pass it up.

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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14448937 01/09/20
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Just like every other Kult following on the Fire.....it's a sacrilege to speak against the norm.

Asked him to rebarrel a 7mm Rem Mag into 300 Ultra. He did. I got it back. Couldn't even get a round into the magazine, as the feed rails were never opened up. He flat out refused to take it back and correct it. Sent it to Montour County Rifles. That clown soaked me $80 shipping and sent me the same barreled action back that would not load or feed.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14448952 01/09/20
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Did you ever get it fixed? Who is your go to smith now?


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Sent the rifle down the road. And I do my best to not need anything "fixed". Think I have had one rifle rebarreled and built by a rifle builder that I could physically meet with and dropped off my project in person.


Please God, give me some good tags this year....
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Originally Posted by Jesse Jaymes
Just like every other Kult following on the Fire.....it's a sacrilege to speak against the norm.

Asked him to rebarrel a 7mm Rem Mag into 300 Ultra. He did. I got it back. Couldn't even get a round into the magazine, as the feed rails were never opened up. He flat out refused to take it back and correct it. Sent it to Montour County Rifles. That clown soaked me $80 shipping and sent me the same barreled action back that would not load or feed.



If I'd have ever had anything messed up by him, I would say so.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: Jesse Jaymes] #14449207 01/09/20
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Originally Posted by Jesse Jaymes
Just like every other Kult following on the Fire.....it's a sacrilege to speak against the norm.

Asked him to rebarrel a 7mm Rem Mag into 300 Ultra. He did. I got it back. Couldn't even get a round into the magazine, as the feed rails were never opened up. He flat out refused to take it back and correct it. ...



Were there any unstated assumptions about the scope of work?


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14449718 01/09/20
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No sacrilege to say if you've had a problem and nobody's perfect.

One of mine he smithed had to go back. He made it right. It took a while and was a headache for both of us but end result was perfect and I was happy with the rifle.

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Yea....Huge difference between a scheister (we've seen at least one true scheister in the past couple of years) and a true gentleman that honors his word like Mickey Coleman.

I was lucky to get my assembled rifle back from the scheister....even though it's not chambered for what I ordered and I can't figure out what the chamber is.


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Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14451368 01/10/20
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Mickey was a long time friend. Used to sell him Shilen rifle blanks. Douglas was his go to barrel company and they are good. Several years ago my wife and I visited Mickey and wife. I played in Mickey's shop and then did shooting lessons with Tony Boyer. Mickey's wife, Faye Boyer, and my wife went to Birmingham shopping. Mickey was a great friend, but could give you the evil eye if he thought you needed it.

Re: Mickey Coleman/gunsmith [Re: SAKO270WSM] #14451392 01/10/20
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Anyone know which chambering method that Mickey used ?

Between Centers or the Gritters method ?

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