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#182527 - 08/12/17 04:59 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: Handgun400]
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 Originally Posted By: Handgun400
.....Another thing I've found is the lack of chambering*** or even bore diameter available from TC for the Encore. So I've got a few options; buy a Contender already chambered in what I want or one with the proper bore size and have it re-chambered or order a custom Encore barrel.
***This is particularly frustrating because the Encore was supposed to be built for more recoil/heavier calibers. It looks like TC is only interested in selling what they want and not offering as many options as the Contender--which is what made TC who they are. I firmly believe people would buy the .35 R.E.M., 30/30 Win and many others that aren't offered.

Then again, it gives MGM, SAK and a few others a big stake in the game.


You have to keep in mine......TC isn't TC anymore, it's Smith and Wesson.
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#182529 - 08/12/17 05:42 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: KRal]
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You have to keep in mine......TC isn't TC anymore, it's Smith and Wesson. [/quote]

Yes Sir, that's right. And it's a shame.
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#182547 - 08/13/17 01:39 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: Handgun400]
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 Originally Posted By: Handgun400
I read that JD Jones said the 338 Federal was close (a twin I believe) to his 338 JDJ. Assuming that is true, does the 375JDJ have a commercial twin? Just for curiosities sake.


The 375 Winchester's velocities are a little lower but its pretty close to a 375JDJ.

Here's an article on it.
375 Winchester

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I firmly believe people would buy the .35 R.E.M., 30/30 Win and many others that aren't offered.


Barrels in 35 Rem and 30/30 Win are often available used. The majority of my barrels were used and I either purchased or traded for them. I can't believe the price of barrels anymore whether new or used. It wasn't that long ago that most used factory barrels were around $100. I considered $125+ to be too much for a used factory barrel. Now its common to see used barrels going for $250. Even factory barrels were reasonably priced. Before S&W took over they jumped in price to near the cost of a custom barrel. I've talked to a lot of people who were interested in T/Cs but were driven away because of the increased price. Most of them were looking at a rifle setup. Pretty much every one said they could get a decent rifle for the same price as a barrel alone.
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#182548 - 08/13/17 01:50 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: pab1]
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Pab1, you're right on the nose. S&W found the break point where they can sell barrels and guns without pushing everyone away. Maximum profit versus market saturation.

I don't mind capitalism and free market but I'll also use that to support the company I chose rather than staying with the plantation.

The only .35 and 30/30 I've found are in the Contender and I shoot an Encore so I'll end up using a custom barrel company.
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#182549 - 08/13/17 02:03 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: Handgun400]
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I don't recall if anyone brought it up but have you considered a 35 Whelen barrel? Not a common round anymore and definitely something different. You can find them in rifle lengths and have it cut down. EABCO has them on sale. You could load it down to 35 Rem velocities or to standard Whelen velocities.
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#182555 - 08/13/17 07:02 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: pab1]
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MGM makes 35 Whelen barrels at GREAT prices

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#182578 - 08/14/17 04:32 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: Franchise]
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I have a Bullberry .35 Whelen Improved barrel on one of my Encores. Very effective on just about everything in North America.
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#182587 - 08/14/17 10:33 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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I have several different calibers in the Encore barrels.

I have 338 Federal barrel it has some authority and having brake on it is a nessecity for me anyways.

I am not fan of Reeder and his attitude towards customers however he has some really nice cartridges for the Encore and TC.

I have a 375 GNR it one of my most accurate barrels with a 270 grain cast HP. Reasonable recoil and plenty of power. The parent case is the 445 Supermag necked down to 375. you can get 2200 FPS from a 12" barrel with a 225 grain bullet.

JD Jones is an icon and super decent man that made much of what we enjoy in wildcats for the TCs. The 375 JDJ is the absolute best of the best big game cartridges from the TC platform.

Good luck with your journey it will be fun.


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#182601 - 08/15/17 11:32 PM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: Ramjet-SS]
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I started off with the .375jdj in mind, wavered a bit, really courting the .357 Max, back to the .375jdj, with interests in the .35 Wheelen, like the .356 and .358, .338jdj and .338 Federal, have a lot of .358 JFPs bullets, found the .375 Win,....

Guess I need to put them all in a hat, draw one and go with it. I'm imagining what my wife feels like in a purse store.
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#182607 - 08/16/17 09:14 AM Re: Wanting something different for my Encore [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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there are no "4"s in your list? 45-70 too normal? would 45-90 express be a little more exotic? Lots of history in those.

Just trying to make sure you have enough options
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