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Gun Digest 2019

I have the honor of being included in the 2019 edition of the Gun Digest. The link above will take you to it.

The picture and article below is an excerpt from the 2018 edition. Many thanks to author Tom Turpin for his kind words and review.

Reto Buehler Granite Mountain Arms .300 H&H Magnum

Reto Buehler Granite Mountain Arms .300 H&H Magnum

One of the younger members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) is also one of the best, Swiss-born Reto Buehler. The rifle shown here is a perfect example of his exceptional talent as a gunmaker. This magnificent rifle began with a Granite Mountain Arms small-ring long action. Chambered for the .300 H&H cartridge, Buehler did all the metal and stockwork on this rifle, including shop fabricating H&H-type scope mounts. Charles Lee did the lovely engraving and Doug Turnbull did his magic color case-hardening on the action. As some wise person once stated, it just doesn’t get any better than this. Photo by Brian Dierks.

9.3×62 Buehler custom rifle


The metal work of this rifle has been featured on the blog a little over a year ago. I sent certain parts out for engraving, and as sometimes the case, it all took longer then expected. But here it is, completed at last.

The pictures where taken by local photographer Brian Dierks. Brian is a commercial photographer and does the photography for the Harry & David company.

The walnut for the stock came from Turkey. The rifle has a leather covered recoil pad, a trap door grip cap and is equipped with a S&B 1.1 x 8 power scope.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I can’t believe it is already November.

I love the Thanksgiving Holiday as it is such a good time for personal reflection and for spending time with loved ones. Besides my family, friends and good health I’m so very thankful to my customers. Thank you for your business, your trust and your patience! May God bless you as he has blessed me.

Another thing to be thankful for. I love it when things work out and everything goes smooth. The picture above is of a Buehler CSA rifle caliber .404 Jeffery. The 3 shot group was shot at 100 yds with Superior ammo, loaded with TSX bullets. The rifle is stocked with a 30 year old piece of French walnut.

The picture on top is of a nice fall sunset in Southern Oregon. What a beautiful country we live in.


Buehler CSA .300 Win. Mag. rifle continued.

There is much work left to be done on this rifle, but at this stage it is stocked and scoped and I tested it at the range for accuracy and function. I’m very happy how the wood is turning out. An additional couple of coats of oil finish will enhance the 3D effect of the Turkish walnut further.

The flat top checkering has been cut and I will go over it once more after the last coat of finish has been applied.

The picture above is of the rifle at the White City gun range. The 3 shot group at 100 yds with Hornady factory ammo speaks for itself.

My next step is to time the screws and prepare the metal for engraving and bluing. All will be disassembled and the barrel removed off the action. After the bluing and final assembly I will test the rifle again at the range for function and accuracy.




A rare Westely Richards deluxe .425 W&R rifle

Built around a Mauser action, this interesting Westely Richards rifle was once owned by Raja Bhuri Singh of Chamba (b.1869-d.1919, r.1904-1919) in northern India in Punjab as denoted on the case lid. I had the rare opportunity to inspect this rifle recently in my shop. It was sold in September at a gun auction hosted by the Rock Island Auction Company. More of the details in regards to this rifle are available on the RIA website.

It was built around 1911 and the caliber is .425 Westley Richards.  The stock work on this rifle was very well done. I only have seen a rifle like this in an old W&R catalogue, but never in person. The flashy checkering was really well executed.

The metal work and engravings has been done somewhat unrefined and is typical for guns made for the Indian market. Interesting is that the whole length of the barrel was struck with a file of sorts to apply a serration. Notably on the rifle is the take-down system and the extended magazine box.

The take down system on this rifle is tight and works smooth.  A spring loaded ball provides pressure between the joining plates. This gives it a very tight feel, but I would assume that the accuracy of the rifle suffers from the additional pressure.  Unfortunately just about all take-down systems I have seen on Mauser 98’s have one or another draw back and influence the accuracy negative over time.

Perhaps in the future the opportunity will present itself to re-create a rifle like this. That would be a lot of fun and I would enjoy that.




30 years of gunsmithing

Wow, has the time flown by. On August 2nd was my 30 year anniversary working fulltime as a professional gunsmith. I promptly forgot about it and just remembered it a few days ago. I started my 4 year apprenticeship with the company “Felder Waffen” in Switzerland in 1988 at the age of 16. As in many European countries, in Switzerland the apprenticeship system is alive and well, and I wish that we had something similar in this country. But this might be a topic for another post. During that time 4 days a week I worked in the shop at Felder’s, and 1 day a week I attended a trade school which was specific to metal working trades. As there are only very few gun companies in Switzerland that take on apprentices, I was very fortunate to land a position. I’m to this day very grateful to Mr. Felder for giving me a chance.

The picture above was taken in 1995 shortly before I left the company for a job in Canada.  I had a full head of hair back then and lot’s of confidence. My shop mates where a happy bunch and we had a many good laughs.

These pictures where taken in 1995 when I worked for  Corlane Sporting Goods in Dawson Creek, BC.

The picture above is from around 1999. At that time I worked together with stock maker James Tucker for a company in California.
This picture was taken around 2003 in New Hampshire. I left New Hampshire in 2005 and founded Buehler Custom Sporting Arms LLC in Oregon.

Enough of reminiscing, back to the present and back to work. I’m getting ready to ship this super accurate custom Kurz Mauser to it’s owner. The caliber is 6.5mm Creedmoor. What a great and fun caliber, just perfect for a vintage Kurz action.



.300 Win. Mag. rifle / Engraved floor plate


Summer is winding down here in Southern Oregon, but we are still shrouded in heavy smoke from the wildfires.  It’s busy in the shop, as always. I just prepared a barreled action for stocking. This one is a .300 Win. Mag and it is going to be a model “English Express”. The action on it is a GMA small ring square bridge action and I added a drop box magazine to give the finished rifle that cool African look. It will also closely resemble my clients .404 Jeffery rifle, but of course much lighter in weight.


I’m very curious to see how the stock will turn out. The client selected a fantastic blank. I never get tired of walnut and still get excited over nice wood. It doesn’t get much better then this.

On a completely different note: The floor plate in the picture below just came back from engraving. It was engraved by Lee Griffiths. This is for a Buehler “English Express” in the caliber .300 H&H and will add a nice touch.

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The .17 hmr rifle, part 2

It has been a hot and very smoky summer for us so far. The countless wildfires are having a huge impact on our air quality and it is nice to work indoors. The picture below is of the Wood River area and is a testament to the beauty of our State.

The little .17 hmr falling block rifle is ready for engraving and is awaiting to be send to Belgium for the embellishments. Here it is pictured next to a Winchester 70 in .375 H&H that I re-stocked for a client. I took these rifles recently to the range for testing, and the little gun is truly a ton of fun to shoot. The Lilja match grade barrel performed beautiful.

The scope on the rifle is a Leupold Alaskan. The steel tube is of 7/8″ diameter. It’s one of the few newer scopes that we thought was proportionally right for the gun.

I machined quick detachable custom rings for it. This rifle will stop any charging squirrel or dangerous rodent in it’s tracks.

This has certainly been a fun and unique project and I’m looking forward to similar commissions.

Miniature falling block rifle, caliber .17hmr

This project is certainly a departure from the many medium and big game rifles that I built over the years. The action is a miniature falling block, made by Martin Hagn. The caliber is .17hmr. I added a full length rib to the barrel and am in the process of stocking it. The problem with such a small rifle is to get the proportions right. It has to look good and still must be user friendly, with a stock that is usable. I’m posting a bunch of pictures of the stocking in process.

With a one of a kind of project like this I don’t bother with the making of a pattern and then pre-carving  the stock on the duplicating machine. It is less time consuming for me to make the stock from the blank and inlet and shape it by hand.

The butt stock has a solid steel butt plate and a trap door grip cap. Fitting these parts is one of the first things to do before the shaping begins.

There is still a good amount of work left, but at this stage the stock is ready for a coat of a sealer. After that has dried, the pores will be filled with oil and light sanding.




.30-06 “Princess” rifle

This rifle was commissioned by a very good client of mine. It is a present from him to his wife. She is his hunting partner and best friend and he refers to her lovingly as his “princess”, hence the title.

The rifle started life as a commercial Mauser “Standard Modell” which the client provided. I re-worked the action, added a bolt handle, new 3 position safety, trigger and magazine box.

The next step was to install a match grade barrel. The caliber of this rifle is .30-06.

The barrel has the same contour as the pre-war Rigby rifles. A custom machined banded rear sight ramp was added to it. The front sight ramp was inspired by a vintage Holland & Holland rifle. The sling swivel band and the ramps where as usual machined in house from bar stock. I also machined a set of custom scope bases for the receiver. The scope mount is my Buehler CSA lever cam mount. The scope can easily be removed after turning each lever 1/4 turn.

The next step was to make the stock. The blank was California-English and was harvested over thirty years ago. I like it a lot, as it has a wonderful natural honey color. The style of the stock would probably be consider as pre-war English.

The engravings where performed by Lisa Tomlin. I’ve known her for many years and she is in my opinion one of the best engravers in this country. Unfortunately my amateur photography doesn’t do her work justice, but I’m very happy with the engravings.


The color case hardening was performed by Turnbull restoration. It certainly adds a nice touch to any gun.

I was very pleased with the accuracy of the rifle. I was able to shoot two successive 3 shot groups with Federal and Norma ammo that measured between 1/4″ and 1/2″ at 100 yds.

As always I hope this rifle will bring much of joy to the owner and a lifetime of reliable service.

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