Garand Rebarrel option
I'm considering three options to have a new, short-chambered (1952 SA unissued) barrel installed on my 1942 (S/N 6xx,xxx) GI receiver. The barrel was still packed in cosmolene and wrapped in cheesecloth when I bought it.
1) There's a recommended Garand expert in the gunsmith's shop at the local Scheel's. He quoted me a price of $225.
2) Dean's Gun Restorations (dgrguns.com) does great work. $125 plus shipping (and I'd want to insure the shipment).
3) Springfield Armory - the original manufacturer - still does this, also for $125. I expect shipping/insurance costs would be about the same.
Even though I'd prefer not shipping it, I'm really leaning toward Springfield Armory - that just seems to me like the logical choice.
I'd like to hear what experiences others have had. It came as a surprise to me that Springfield does this, so it may be news to others too.