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Thread: Traditions G2 357 Mag Rifle and dealing with issues...

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    Traditions G2 357 Mag Rifle and dealing with issues...

    I've been looking for a 357 mag handi for a few years now with no luck. If I did find one, it was $5-600 and I wasn't interested for that. I noticed a while back traditions had the new outfitter g2 single shot break barrels chambered in 357 so I started doing a little research. Reviews of that particular rifle were nothing but good as initial magazine reviews, but there was next to no info from the public. The only things I found were muzzle loader reviews which were mixed.

    I ended up at a dealer 45 mins from me looking at a topper I was going to rebarrel but decided to just order the G2. I was chatting with some guys on here about them and went ahead and took the chance for the masses. I told everyone I'd post up my experience so here it is. Sadly, much of it is with customers service and quality control, not the gun.

    I picked the gun up right before Christmas while cruising up to my in-laws so I spent only a few mins checking it out on the dealers counter. When we got to the house I cut the box open and pulled it out to look it over.

    It was hard to miss the big glob of ceracote on the side of the barrel. Crapolla. I looked over the rest of the gun and all else looked good. The manual tells you to contact traditions... Not the dealer... so I waited until we got back home, Again driving past the dealer, and sent an email off to traditions. After my second email with no response I decided to call. I spent 30 mins on hold and hung up. I did that 3 times that day and finally got ahold of someone on the 3rd try. I was instructed to send an email with pics to the customer service representatives personal email because the others to traditions just go into a pool... I did as instructed and sent pics. I didn't here anything back that it was received or what to do. After Christmas, I called again with a similar experience of being on hold. I finally got ahold of the rep and had a bad connection. After some mis info from me for a call back, I heard nothing for a few days. I sent a rather perturbed email this morning and got a quick response.
    My options are now to cover the expenses to mail the whole gun back or go through the dealer and pay to send it back while adding 2 round trips to the tune of 3 hours in the car. My great deal is getting worse at every turn.

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    Last edited by Wagnerwerks; 01-03-2018 at 04:58 PM.

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    As for the rifle, it shoots well. I have had very few shots with 357 mag that were not on mark. The trigger was pretty crusty out of the box but after only a box of shells is fairly smooth. The hammer was especially crunchy when cocked. It has also broken in pretty well. One unfortunately cheap feature of the gun is the cross slide safety. Almost every shot makes it barely lock and I have to fart with it. At this point the blemish on the barrel has flaked off and there is actually a spot of rust showing under it. Hopefully this can be resolved without too much more cost to me. There have been plenty of times I have broken something and had to pay for my mistake, but I am having a hard time paying for theirs.

    I will post more pics and try to be very objective.. please feel free to let me know what you think about all of this and if I'm out of line expecting them to take care of it. I did call the dealer and they will be happy to help at my cost. Kudos to them..Gatorsguns.. they've been great.
    Last edited by Wagnerwerks; 01-04-2018 at 12:01 AM.

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    Here are some more pics. I read about someone checking this model out and one thing he noted was the barrel break button in front of the trigger guard. It is in fact cast metal. The plastic parts include the stock/forearm and the trigger guard. They're pretty standard issue and do feel a little thin, but are sturdy as any other brand I own. The butt pad screws on in case a change is wanted, but it is very nice from the factory. A nice little screw in hammer extension is supplied with the gun as an added bonus. My scope rings are a bit high, but I was too excited to shoot it to find other ones and they are nice to allow me a bit more room for the hammer.

    The barrel slugs around .355 and after the goofy issue is resolved I'll be excited to work up a good load for it.
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    Last edited by Wagnerwerks; 01-03-2018 at 10:47 PM.

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    Boolit Master

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    thanks for the report.
    i was looking hard at this rifle.
    i opted to purchase a pricey barrel for my handi.
    glad i did but hope you can resolve the issues.

    again, thanks for the report.
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    Thanks bud. I'm just super frustrated at how little the guy I talked to has actually tried to respond to the issue or even acknowledge the fact that this is a rediculous issue for me to have to cover.

    I've bought very few new guns and have had only one other issue. Am I correct to say I should be able to ship this from home without going through an FFL?

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    If they haven't changed the laws Yes you should be able to ship from you to the factory and back to you!!! If the issue is the barrel just ship the barrel !!! done this with a hand gun back to Beretta The seemed pleased to work with me !!!! Ol Deuce .....
    Do the Best with What you have !

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    Thanks bud. They are acting like it's a big hassle for me to do it myself because I have to deal with the return number and finding a box. Getting to the dealer would be a much bigger hassle! Lol. This has been goofy.

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    Friday I called traditions after a conversation with another gun dealer. I was encouraged to strongly ask for them to send a return label and cover the shipping both ways due to the fact that this is completely their fault. I called the rep I've been talking to and he informed me that was above his level of authority. The guy I needed to talk to had just gone to lunch but I was assured he would call me back in an hour or so. Of course, I'm still waiting.

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    Well boys and girls.... The prepaid return tag is in my inbox. We'll see how it goes from here. I'm hopeful.

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