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#193382 - 07/03/18 09:54 PM Encore Help
Bob Roach
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I have owned Contenders for a long time. I have barrels in 22 LR, 6mm Bullberry Improved, 6.5X30 JDJ, 35 Bullberry, and 357 Maximum.

I have a CVA Scout in 357 Maximum, and a CVA Optima 50 Cal Muzzle Loader.

I also have my trusty 480 Ruger Super RedHawk.

Well yesterday I picked up a Stainless Steel Encore Frame with the Black Rubber Pistol Grip, and worthless factory forend.

I know that I will need to make an order to Tony for one of his forends in about a 12", equipped with a bipod stud. That gets me to the barrel.

Doing an inventory I have reloading dies suitable for White Tail Deer Hunting with an Encore in:

260 Remington
6.8 SPC
270
7-08
7mm Magnum
308/307 Win
30-06
358/356 Win

I have also thought about 7.62X54R with a 308 Bore.

I would think that pretty much everything listed should work at least reasonably well. The 7mm Magnum is probably over kill using a pistol scope, but I do have a 20X Super Sniper with no home at the moment that I could mount and try out.

One consideration might be a super good buy on a used 15" barrel, or a rifle barrel that could be cut off and recrowned to 15".

I have no plans to hunt anything other than White Tail Deer here in Missouri at this time, and steel targets at the Range. I have one Deer Stand that I can shoot out to 300 yards from. I have been limiting my range to 200 yards with a handgun scope so far. At the Range I can shoot all the way out to 800 yards. With a Log Book with Drop Chart Data to 800 yards, I am confident that I can scare our Steel Silhouette at 800 yards with a round that shoots flat.

Lets hear your thoughts on a barrel.

Bob R
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#193383 - 07/03/18 10:30 PM Re: Encore Help [Re: Bob Roach]
Okie Hunter
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My 15 inch 308 and 7-08 barrels are my favorites in bottle neck rounds. I also have Pachmayr grips and forend on mine. The forend has the stud on it.
If I bought a rifle barrel to cut down I would go longer than 15 inches. But that's just my opinion.
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#193384 - 07/03/18 10:49 PM Re: Encore Help [Re: Okie Hunter]
KYODE
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I have a 15? 7-08. It is a nice accurate barrel with 120 nbt. I took only one deer with it at around 250yrds. I always prefer the contender to hunt with.

The 260 sure would be sweet.

If i were doing one now.......id get a 6.5 creedmoor. You are just a die set away. 🤷🏻‍♂️
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#193386 - 07/04/18 05:14 AM Re: Encore Help [Re: KYODE]
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I'm partial to the .308 and it's brood. . ..260, 7-08, .356 and would love to own each in a 13"/15" barrel. All except the .356 Winny would suit you well for that 300 yrd. shot especially with range time and well constructed bullet. This is a tough decision, but I'm leaning towards the 7-08. Good bullet selection (not that there is not for the .308), sweet on recoil, easy to load for and common components make it hard to beat. Just my $.02.

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#193388 - 07/04/18 05:37 AM Re: Encore Help [Re: Bob Roach]
pab1
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Out of the rounds listed I would go with a .308 Win. I have a 15 inch .308 Win barrel that's very accurate with 165gr NBTs past 300 yards. I haven't used it on game though since I'm usually in the mood to carry a revolver when season comes around.
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#193390 - 07/04/18 07:04 AM Re: Encore Help [Re: pab1]
racksmasher1
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Between the 308, 7mm-08, and the 260 you have it covered.

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#193392 - 07/04/18 10:15 AM Re: Encore Help [Re: racksmasher1]
wvhitman
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A 3-12 Burris BPlex makes most of those rounds good to 500 yds. Highest velocity will shoot the flattest. .30-06 is probably the winner.

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#193393 - 07/04/18 12:11 PM Re: Encore Help [Re: wvhitman]
Mark Hampton
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Bob, Got an MGM 260 Rem barrel that is most accurate. Great round with premium bullets available. You already have dies. The next time I head to Big Piney I'll bring it along if you'd like.

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#193395 - 07/04/18 12:33 PM Re: Encore Help [Re: Mark Hampton]
Mark Hampton
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Bob, I was mistaken - it's a Bullberry barrel with muzzle brake.

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#193398 - 07/04/18 05:19 PM Re: Encore Help [Re: Bob Roach]
bobhanson1
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Bob, sent you a PM on a barrel you might be interested in.

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