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I bought a custom, single-bolt action .308 from Sterling Custom. The craftsmanship is superb. The rifle is so much more than the sum of its parts, and its accuracy is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Everett is a perfectionist as a gunsmith, and it shows. The rifle has exceeded my expectations, just as it will one day exceed my son's expectations as well.
I first met Everett about 5 years ago when he was working as a gunsmith at a range facility in the Northern Virginia. At that time, I was looking for a competent gunsmith to build a precision rifle. At first I was hesitant – there are dozens of so called gunsmiths in the area (most are “internet” trained) – but after a few meetings and discussions I realized that Everett was anything but “just a gunsmith”. My knowledge of weapons and shooting spans over 35 years of military (USMC 10 years) and Law Enforcement (almost 30 years, of which are 25 years as a Firearms/Tactical Instructor). But talking to Everett I felt humbled. He is a formally trained gunsmith with skills spanning wide range of topics (gunsmith to precision reloading/shooting to machine work, etc…). It was apparent that I was talking to PhD of his field. But enough of praise. The true test when I commissioned Everett to build me a 1,000 yard rifle around a .308 Remington 700 action. I know it is a little underpowered, but this is what I shot in USMC (1980s) and extremely familiar with the performance of the cartridge. It took a few months – I am very OCD when it comes to weapons and Everett shares this trait – everything had to be perfect. And what I got in the end surpassed all my hopes. First time at the range it shot groups (bench) better than any of my so-called “precision” office guns. And I was using factory 175 grain LC/LR match ammo. Since then – no one touches my guns but Everett. But you do not have to believe me – once you meet him, talk to him and have him do work for you - you will become a lifelong customer.
I have had the pleasure of working with Everett on several builds and he has always conducted himself professionally. Everett has always taken the time to listen to what I'm saying and given me a better product than what I was asking him to build. I have bought one of his custom rifles and can not say enough about the quality of work that he has put into the rifle. He makes the small details into works of art.
I have had the pleasure to work with Sterling Custom and Everett Oesterling for many years on all sorts of projects. First introduced to him years ago by a friend in law enforcement I became acquainted with him for his fine work on all sorts of firearms. He takes personal care of his customers and there is nothing he cannot do with a firearm. Since that time I have referred many others to him and all have been most pleased with his work and the finished product. He is a personable man who will take the time to explain the finer points of a project and really listen to what you want done.
I have had the wonderful experience of having Everett work on a few of my firearms and could not be happier with the results. The most recent was a Mossberg 930 shotgun that he worked over and made in to an excellent 3-gun shotgun. Used it for the first time last weekend in a 3-gun match and it handled and shot incredibly. I look forward to working with Everett again in the future and can not recommend him enough.