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#193362 - 06/30/18 09:38 PM Re: SSK 416 Taylor Encore barrel [Re: pab1]

Registered: 09/15/13
Posts: 49
Loc: MS

I have a 416 Encore pistol. One shoot kills on Cape Buffalo and black bear. Most powerful handgun I have ever fired.

#193803 - 08/01/18 06:44 PM Re: SSK 416 Taylor Encore barrel [Re: Mech 8]
Mech 8

Registered: 08/30/11
Posts: 193
Loc: San Antonio, TX

Well it's been awhile since I originally posted this, but I do have a follow up for those interested. The barrel, scope, mount and rings, RCBS die set, and about 80 pieces of formed brass showed up when I was on vacation out of town. When I got back I found that the full length sizing die was missing the expander/decapper assembly, and didn't come with a shell holder. I looked online and found someone selling a LEE die set for $30 and free shipping so I ordered it and set about to find some bullets. By this time the WVHitman and I were emailing back and forth about what I needed and where I might get what I needed. I found some old Hornady 400gr RN bullets at my local shop for cheap so I grabbed them. Per the Hitman's recommendation I secured three boxes of Barnes 350gr TSX bullets. These puppies aren't cheap, but then again I found that nothing in .416 caliber is. Once all the components arrived, I proceeded to load up the Hitman's pet loads and they look awesome.

Initial firing was done at 50 yards. The scope rings that came with the package were the standard SSK vertical split aluminum, and I replaced them with three Warne low mount. Not that I didn't trust the SSK rings, but the Warne increased the weight by 4 ounces. Total weight of this rig unloaded is 6 pounds 4 ounces. The first shot was with the 350gr TSX, and I was a little apprehensive. After a few deep breathes I finally let the first one loose. The recoil, and the noise from the brake were not all that bad. I reloaded and sent another down range. I then walked down to look at the target, and couldn't believe that both shots were touching but about 2 1/2 inches high of center. I went back to the bench and moved the scope down and reloaded. The next shot was dead center. I then shot two more and walked down to the target again, this time finding all three shots making a very small cloverleaf in the center of the target. YES!!! I figure the previous owner probably had it sighted for 100 or 150 yards, but for now I was good with 50. I then loaded the 400gr Hornady round and sighted for the same target, as I wanted to see if there was a different point of impact on these. After 3 rounds of the 400 grainers I walked to the target again and found they had made their own cloverleaf that was at the bottom edge of the one made by the 350 grainers. No need to aim differently at this range. Next up an expansion test at 50 yards. I normally use 3 one gallon jugs filled with water backed up by a box packed full of rags to catch the bullet. In this case I decided to use 4 jugs. Set everything up at 50 yards and fired the 350gr TSX. Water and jugs went flying. Went to check the rag box for a bullet, and sure enough there it was pretty as a picture. Retained weight 348.8 grains, and expanded to .735 inch. Now I needed to try the 400gr Hornady RN. Set up the jugs and box and sent one down range. Water and jugs went flying again, but this time there was no bullet to be found. The bullet traversed the 4 jugs and about 18 inches of folded/packed jeans, towels, and other related items, and kept on going into the other county. WOW!! I could line up several deer or hogs and get them with one shot! I must say that this is definitely a fun caliber in an Encore pistol. The Hitman says that what it does to a deer is so ugly, it's pretty. My thanks to the WVHitman for all his wisdom, advice, and encouragement throughout this process. I couldn't have done it without him!

#193805 - 08/01/18 11:38 PM Re: SSK 416 Taylor Encore barrel [Re: Mech 8]
old hand

Registered: 12/04/05
Posts: 825
Loc: WV

You're welcome, Brett. I enjoy sharing what I've learned with other handgunners. I noticed your barrel is fluted. Mine's not, so it's a little heavier which helps even more with recoil.
Checked my records and my barrel has had a little over 900 rounds through it. Still shoots as good as yours.
Go out and kill something. What a gun!!

#193806 - 08/02/18 03:09 AM Re: SSK 416 Taylor Encore barrel [Re: Mech 8]
Distinguished Expert

Registered: 01/18/04
Posts: 4461
Loc: SW Montana

Thanks for the report!
Experience is the best teacher, hunger good sauce.
Osborne Russell Journal of a Trapper

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