I believe it was Peter Pi Jr. that had the Weatherby Encore. If Memory serves me correctly, it was a 300 Wby. Mag.. Reeder is correct, in that T/C did discourage the chambering of Magnum cartridges in the Encore. This stemmed from problems with the then new .300 WSM chambered in an Encore by one of the custom gun makers. The high pressure created a problem with both brass and firearm. In truth, you do not gain as much as you might think with magnum rifle cartridges in a pistol. I have a 30-06 Encore which is my go-to deer gun. In the never ending thirst for power, I purchased a 300 WSM Savage Striker. With the factory 15" barrels, my best velocities with 150 gr. bullets were 300 WSM 2850 30/06 2840. With 165 gr bullets 300 WSM 2762 30/06 2640. Somewhat disappointed with these results, I rebarreled the Striker with a McGowan 16.5" heavy taper barrel, which boosted the 165 gr. WSM velocities to 2999 fps. All loads were shot with Accurate 4350. I am primarily a hunter and it just seemed to me that the velocity gain over the 30/06 was negligible and in no way compensated for the longer tube and increased weight of the gun. Consequently, the 30/06 Encore goes hunting and the 300 WSM Striker resides in the safe.
Edited by Sawfish (05/15/19 03:57 PM)
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