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Old 10-24-2019, 02:21 PM
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The owner isn't sure he can start over.
So if your next project was going to wear a Pac-Nor barrel, you will probably have to find someone else.


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Id never seen anything go like that, Dichter said. It blew up with smoke and fire. It sounded like a tree fell on the plant.

Employees witnessing the incident immediately grabbed fire extinguishers and attempted to put the flames out. Seeing that they could not stop the fire, they all quickly exited the building.

There were eight or nine of us that got out, Dichter said. Just like we had trained. Everybody had an assembly point and got out safe. No body got hurt and I congratulated them on that.

Dichter estimated that the building and machinery is valued at between $4 to $6 million.

Whether he will rebuild is still unclear.

I am 66 years-old and I dont know if I have the time left, he said. It took my lifetime to find all the machinery in this plant.
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:45 PM
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I've had good luck with Shaw barrels, smithing and blueing.
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This is a great tragedy.

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A real bummer. I've never used Pac-Nor barrels but understand they are high quality. Most of my barrels have been Ackley, Donally and Douglas with a few Shaw barrels. ......Paul H
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Old 10-25-2019, 11:35 AM
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The .416x.348 Win Ruger No. 2 would never have come into existence without the very reasonable services of Pac-Nor. If I was a younger man contemplating ANY new build, I would be extremely disappointed. It wasn't so much the quality of their work - while was fine - as it was that they represented the ONLY barrel-making company willing to actually do what a CUSTOMER WANTED instead of what THEY DECIDED the customer wanted, AND did it for a FAIR price. No good deed goes unpunished.

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The .416x.348 Win Ruger No. 2 would never have come into existence without the very reasonable services of Pac-Nor. If I was a younger man contemplating ANY new build, I would be extremely disappointed. It wasn't so much the quality of their work - while was fine - as it was that they represented the ONLY barrel-making company willing to actually do what a CUSTOMER WANTED instead of what THEY DECIDED the customer wanted, AND did it for a FAIR price. No good deed goes unpunished.

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As much as I hate to say it, I have never used one of their products.
But the story you tell is one I've heard time and again about Pac-Nor, in that they were very accommodating about customer wants, without charging an arm and a leg for "non standard" procedures, processes and finished products.
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Every barrel I've ordered from Douglas was made to my specifications at no extra charge. When I call them I usually talk to Stan Taylor & tell him what I want in barrel contour, caliber. twist and length I want. That's what I get. Not what they think I should get. I have no quarrel with that kind of service & quality. ......Paul H
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As barrel-makers go, I don't have any complaint about any of them EXCEPT... They charge an arm and a leg. Getting BARRELS isn't too difficult to do. Sometimes they have really long lead times, but, other than the supposed .375 barrel that was actually .358, I haven't had a problem with a barrel-maker. HOWEVER...

When it comes to barrel-makers that do gunsmithing work, it's an entirely different story. First one I got cross=-ways with was Virgin Valley Custom Guns. Unfortunately, the long thread I did on that gunmaker/barrel-maker/gunsmith was lost in the 2004 crash of THL. Then there was The guy that re-bored the .22/.30-30 Martini-Enfield to the .50 Alaskan. Did a fine job, took 18 months. When inquiring about the barrel to other barrel-makers, Douglas, Shilen, Krieger, and Lilja, the prices were - to me - 'astronomical'. And, with two exceptions, they supplied the barrel, period. No other work. Pac-Nor's barrels were reasonably priced, AND they would dismount existing barrel, chamber new barrel, profile new barrel to the identical profile of the original barrel using the original barrel, mount new barrel, AND BLUE THE WHOLE SHEBANG for $300 LESS than the least expensive of the other barrel-makers JUST TO MOUNT THEIR BARREL. I would have had to profile it myself, cut the chamber myself, AND get it blued. Pac-Nor was a God-send.

Like I said, if I was planning on building another rifle any time soon, I'd be crying crocodile tears over the loss of the Pac-Nor business.

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Here's an update from October 26, past:

UPDATE 10/26/19: Our Forum members contacted Pac-Nor and learned that the Dichters plan to rebuild the facility: “I got an e-mail from Kathy Dichter and she said six months to a year to rebuild, hopefully. She also said you could follow their progress on Facebook. That’s great news for the shooting community.”

I hope this turns out to be true.

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Paul. that is good news. Hopefully they won't jack prices up to cover the cost of re building the company & plant. A modderate increase in pricing could be expected. .......Paul H ....
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