As I recall, to nickle plate the receiver only is $195.00 from Giacomo. I had him nickle plate the receiver, locking lever, and forend iron, re-blue both barrels, replace the locking block and springs, and generally go through the entire gun and replace everything necessary and the total came to a little less than $700.00. The cost to nickle the parts and do the barrels was $400.00....Dan Thome (Trap2)
If you want a liftime warranty finish that looks like and wears like SS go to this site www.mahovskymetalife.com. Ive had it on several guns. You wont find a better finish anywhere and is very reasonably priced. Larry in western Ky.
Yes, Giacomo charges $335. This includes stripping the gun down for plating and refitting all those little parts that need some room. Including refitting the barrel/forearm which would generally cost you $75-$100 anyway.
He does excellent work and warranties the fitting of the parts correctly. If you feel up to disassembling and refitting your shotgun, by all means, get the less expensive option....
I've never known a plater that doesn't fit the parts. I had a 90T frame done last year by Metalife in hard chrome and they did the frame, trigger guard and forearm parts including fitting for $130. I forgot they do nickel as well and will be talking to them about this project.
I had an outfit in Des Moines IA do my new MX14 two times and each time I got it back it was worse than the time before. They evidently had impurities in their solutions AND they ended up etching off some of the engraving and edge metal. I was absolutely SICK to see how they could be so stupid to mess up a brand new Perazzi receiver. In talking to them, they had no idea why the work was bad...they thought Perazzi used bad metal. Ha! Nice guy to talk to, but think they should stay away from guns over $10,000.
I refused to send it to them a third time. They denied all of it, of course, so I posted the picture of their work right here for everyone to see. You could do a search here to find them.
I then did what I should have done initially and sent it off to Giacomo. It costs me $500 for Giacomo to take the receive down to get rid of the exposed pitting caused by the idiots in IA.
I had an attorney write them a letter and then they threatened to sue me for libel. I hurt my head on that one from following over backwards in laughter. They probably did that to scare me (not), but I just dropepd the matter HOWEVER I WILL TELL THE TRUE STORY EVERY TIME I CAN!!! Stay away from the IA outfit.
Ultimately - GIACOMO is truly a master craftsman. The action came back with a note stating they really worked hard to fix the mess that was done in IA.
To nickle your receiver would be much cheaper AND his work is just absolutely perfect. He IS an Italian craftsman professional extraordinarie!!!
Incidentally, I never sent the tang or trigger guard to Giacomo, but should have, because the IA outfit's work looks like satin chrome compared to Giacomo's.