It looks like I will adopt Mark's 260 Bullberry Barrel complete with Bullberry Scope Base, and Bullberry Forend.
I also made an order with MGM for a 7.62X54R barrel with .308 bore last night. I have it ordered in 15.850 Inch length and 1" Full Bull configuration. Twist will be 1 in 12 for 110 - 168 grain Bullets. It will come drilled and tapped for a 6 screw base. It will also be set up for the Bullberry forend hanger bar system.
I also have a Bullberry 6 screw Scope Base on order along with a Bullberry forend hanger bar for the MGM barrel.
I will need to get a couple dummy rounds of 7.62x54R ammo loaded to send in to get the throat optimized or my seated bullet depth.
I am still on the fence between running 125 grain Noslers or Sierras, or the 150 BT Noslers.
I pretty much always wait for a broadside behind the shoulder shot. The 125's work pretty well for this shot in my past experience with rifles. The 150 BT would shine if I did need to shoot a buck from an angle other than broadside. I could see this happening if a huge buck presented a shot that I could not pass up.
Looking up loading data for the 7.62X54R I was surprised by what I discovered. I really expected the 7.62X54R to end up being a 308 with a rim. What I discovered was it is a lot closer to being a 30-06 with a rim.
7.62X54R with 150 grain Spitzer Max Load 49.5C of H4895 for 2938 fps from a rifle with 46,300 CUP
30-06 with 150 grain Spitzer Max Load 47.5 grains of H4895 for 2863 fps from a rifle with 59,700 PSI
30-06 ENCORE PISTOL 15" Barrel
150 grain Spitzer max loaded with 51.0 grains of H4895 for a velocity of 2721 fps at 48,500 CUP.
I believe the .308 Bore 7.62X54R round will be one very impressive deer killing piece of machinery.
I plan on having a local Bench Rest Gunsmith install a 4 Chamber Radial Muzzle Break on the barrel when it comes in. Not sure about Glass just yet. With a 4-6 week wait on the barrel, I have time to make a decision on glass between a Burris Pistol Scope and a Rifle scope. I sure would like to test an SS6x42 30mm SWFA Super Sniper rifle scope out to see how impressed I am with it on a handgun. The SWFA SS20X42 30mm Super Sniper scope makes a fairly impressive long range scope on the 260 barrel, but is way more magnification than one could stand deer hunting at under 100 yards. It shines pretty well from 200 on out however. Very nice to be able to Dial In your come-ups.
This is where I am at, at the moment. I got my Encore Action back this afternoon with a Trigger Job. The 260 Barrel is on my action as we speak, ready for more load development when I get time. I have 3 storm doors, a new patio door, and 7 new windows that I will start installing on the house next week. That will be eating up my spare time for a while.
Edited by Bob Roach (08/31/18 11:42 PM)
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