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Shipping barrel to NZ

11 Sep 2018
@ 02:01 am (GMT)

Stuart Talbot

Greetings from the U.S.! Is anybody aware of NZ laws that might prohibit me shipping a barrel there to have it rechambered to 7mm Practical. I'd rather somebody intimately familiar with the carttidge do the work, rather than me telling a gunsmith over here how to do his job.



11 Sep 2018
@ 03:17 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Shipping barrel to NZ
Stuart - this is from (NZ):

"Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting"

Might make it easier.
11 Sep 2018
@ 08:16 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Shipping barrel to NZ
Hi Stuart, it is pretty much impossible these days.

You might just have to keep phoning around until you find a smith that has the right vibe.
11 Sep 2018
@ 09:08 am (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Shipping barrel to NZ
Stuart contact Dave at Manson Reamers, he (or his team) will be able to point you towards multiple highly skilled Smiths that have the correct generation reamer!
11 Sep 2018
@ 09:49 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: Shipping barrel to NZ
HI Stuart
The issue is more at the usa end from my understanding
it would almost be easier to come for a holiday here with your rifle and get it rebarreled.
Most gun smith's should be capable but like Nathan says you need to get along with him and understand the out comes you expect.

Use the latest practical reamer from Manson reamers like Martin said

Might be worth contacting bergara custom shop to see what they can do, it'll give you the warranty of a new rifle which might help put your mind at ease.
11 Sep 2018
@ 10:35 am (GMT)

John D. Hays - New Mexico

Re: Shipping barrel to NZ
Hi Stuart,

This last year I bought the 7mm Practical reamers from Dave Manson and he referred me to Charlie Robertson at Score High Gunsmithing, which happens to be here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Charlie knows Nathan and has nothing but good things to say. He took the Sendero SF II 7mm Mag rifle and the Practical reamer and put them in the cue for work.

He called me a few weeks later to tell me that the original barrel was muzzle scored and offered to ream and fit a new, higher-quality, Bartlein barrel at a very decent price. I accepted his offer and also took him a Timney 2-Stage Calvin Elite I had bought from eBay.


They finished the 7mm Practical rifle very quickly after that. I left the Manson reamer with Charlie at his request for a discount off my bill.

It is really a pretty thing, a nice, nice looker. The new barrel is heavier than the original f-ed up Remington barrel. I have fire-formed some brass for it and fired it at targets a few times. I hope to hunt with it this January.

So, Stuart, if you are in the States you might want to give Charlie a call:
Monday - Friday 9:00 to 5:00

Mention Nathan and myself, Charlie is quite the nice guy and a perfectionist.

BTW, at some point I will post some photos of that Remington Sendero SF II barrel. I traded some computer work to get it in trade from a gun store here. It was unfired and fresh from the factory. Talk about a Quality Control Fail!!! Not just a ding on the muzzle, but a gouge going deep down the bore.
11 Sep 2018
@ 10:39 am (GMT)

John D. Hays - New Mexico

Re: Shipping barrel to NZ


Call me or email me if you need any assistance here in New Mexico.

Nathan has my contact info.

17 Sep 2018
@ 03:03 pm (GMT)

Stuart Talbot

Re: Shipping barrel to NZ
Thanks everybody. Great info. It's got me looking in the right direction now!


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