I usually see a lot of posts about people being upset with their gun smith, so I thought I'd post about a positive experience.
I dropped my brand new Marlin XLR off yesterday to have the barrel chopped and recrowned to 20" at Arctic Gun Works in Fairbanks. The gentleman who owns the shop was very nice to deal with and very chatty. He didn't have one of those aloof attitudes you sometimes get from those gun guys who seem to think they are the only one in the world who knows anything about gunsmithing. His prices seemed in line with what I had been quoted at other shops.
My surprise came when he called me today to inform me he was done with my gun. I know that's largely a product of the time of year, but he still could have taken his time with the project. The gun was in just as good condition as it was when I dropped it off. The quality of the work was excellent. The target crown was very nicely done and protected by a thick raised edge around the circumference. I struck up a conversation with him about other possible modifications to my gun and he was more than happy to talk lever guns. It was getting close to closing time and he didn't try to rush me out the door, even though spending time talking to me was not earning him any more money.
All in all, I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for gun work. His only stern advisement to me: if you want gun work done, don't wait until the pre-hunt rush. Now is the time to get your gun work done if you want it done quickly.