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Newbie question here. I understand it is better if you buy a barrel to go ahead and buy a bolt at the same time so it can be head spaced by the manufacturer.

If I buy a barrel separate, how much should I expect to pay a qualified gunsmith to head space the bolt to the barrel?

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There really is no headspacing a bolt to a barrel. That is done when the barrel extension is installed. All you can really do is check it with a gauge to make sure it is within specs. It is very rare that you will get an AR barrel and bolt that is out of spec but it is possible.
 

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To check headspace takes less than 5 minutes. How do you put a price on that?

Most respectable smiths would probably check it for free.


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