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#199266 - 04/29/19 02:15 PM To cut or trade
Mad Dog 1954
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I just acquired this Encore in 44 magnum but its too long thinking of having it cut down to 9" or trading. Any advice the barrel is 15".
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#199267 - 04/29/19 02:21 PM Re: To cut or trade [Re: Mad Dog 1954]
Randy M
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Sell it and buy a revolver. Because revolvers are better.

Juuuuuust kidding everyone.

What would you trade it for? A shorter 44 barrel, or a different platform altogether?
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#199269 - 04/29/19 02:35 PM Re: To cut or trade [Re: Mad Dog 1954]
Jeff460
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Have it reamed out to 444 Marlin and use 44 magnum, 44 Special and 444 Marlin cases loaded to 44 magnum pressure levels.

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#199273 - 04/29/19 04:00 PM Re: To cut or trade [Re: Jeff460]
JDK
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What do you want to do with it? If you want a packing pistol, I'd say trade it for a Contender. That save about a pound in weight, right? A 10 inch barreled Contender is a dream to handle. Though, people complain about the 44 mag recoil being brutal in a 10 inch, so YMMV. I will agree a 15 inch Encore seems like a mighty big package for a 44 magnum. If you cut it down, maybe the 444 Marlin suggestion, or even a 445 Supermag, re-chamber would be nice.
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#199274 - 04/29/19 04:23 PM Re: To cut or trade [Re: JDK]
Brenden
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Cut it down to 10" and enjoy it. In my opinion, anything less than 10" in the encore doesn't balance worth a damn.

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#199279 - 04/29/19 06:25 PM Re: To cut or trade [Re: Brenden]
ruger4570
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If just looking for a shorter barrel in a standard length I would try to swap barrels. If wanting a customized length have it cut to your liking. I have a 9" MGM barrel in 357 that I really like.

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#199283 - 04/29/19 07:27 PM Re: To cut or trade [Re: ruger4570]
Pa. Mike
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I agree with JDK , a Contender in .44 mag. would be a much better balanced package IMHO. More compact and a 10" bull barrel would help tame the recoil also. The original light weight octagon barrel in .44 mag. was a BEAST !!!! 180 grain Super Vel and I think the snap on forend is still flying through the air somewhere!

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#199342 - 05/01/19 12:14 AM Re: To cut or trade [Re: Jeff460]
Craig44
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 Originally Posted By: Jeff460
Have it reamed out to 444 Marlin and use 44 magnum, 44 Special and 444 Marlin cases loaded to 44 magnum pressure levels.

That doesn't work. The .444 is a good bit larger at the base. Any .44Spl or Mag case will likely split if fired in a .444 chamber. Reaming it to .445 would work.

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#199349 - 05/01/19 09:46 AM Re: To cut or trade [Re: Craig44]
Jeff460
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Hmmmm.... Well the devil is in the details is it not. Logic prevails and the lesser known 445 Super Magnum is the choice to ream it to if 44 magnum and 44 Special rounds are to be interchanged. Thanks for the lesson Craig.

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#199350 - 05/01/19 10:19 AM Re: To cut or trade [Re: Jeff460]
Ernie
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Talk to a smith, and determine the cost including shipping both ways, versus trading/selling.
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