I am now working with a gunsmith(same one helped me build my 700), who has 45yrs experience. He has welcomed me to come over anytime I want. He is 74, and just wants to pass on his knowledge to someone he can trust and who is willing to work with it. He sees gunsmithing as a dieing art, and wants to help keep it alive. I guess it is kind of like an informal apprenticeship. I help him work on stuff, and he teaches me, allows me to use his shop, and fixes my mistakes. Maybe you could find a guy like this in you area.
My next project with him is a Custom 223 heavy stainless fluted barrel on a mauser 98 action will let you see it when I am done.
If I can encourage anybody to do any form of engineering, Gunsmithing is it. Why? Because out of 20 university-level Engineering graduates in Canada, none of them are gunsmiths. Out of fifty, none of them are gunsmiths. Out of 100 graduates, only one is a gunsmith, if that year is lucky "in the ballot."
I hear you AK, when I was off to obtain higher learning in Ottawa, I found all forms of mechanics and engineering in my college...but no guns...actually I only took a passing look throughout the city but nary a gunsmiting course to be found.
Ottawa has lots of firearms retailing stores though.
Hey its no big deal.....Im just trying to learn, and there seems to be a lack of old farts (and I use that term very dearly) around here to show me the ropes....I actually need soemthing I can work arounf my busy work schedule.
Did you check the yellow pages? Maybe you can call a smith and see if you could hang out in the shop? Mlammers knows a really cool old guy, maybe there's one in your area...Heck, in high school our smith was so old I think he worked on Lee Enfields during the Somme. They're the best, those guys