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#200394 - 06/29/19 03:27 PM Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore
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As I've mentioned numerous times, the 460 S&W was the cartridge that got me into handgun hunting. Despite the issues I had early on as a result of trying to learn to shoot with such a potent round, I've always been fond of the cartridge. However, It's become quite apparent that the cartridge has a lot of potential that isn't quite utilized even in my massive 14" Performance Center Model 460.

For a few years now, I've toyed with the notion of building a 460 S&W Encore. I had traded for a used factory barrel, but I didn't like it much. Its thin taper and lack of a brake meant even reduced loads kicked a little more than I liked, to say nothing of full power loads. I'd wanted to have MatchGradeMachine make a barrel, but just had other things going on. This year, I decided to finally pull the trigger.

The original plan was to place the order at the end of summer and get it in early fall, but I had two things go in my favor. First, my tax refund was almost double what it was last year, and MGM was offering a decent discount, so I ordered the barrel earlier than intended. Also, I managed to sell off a bit of unused hunting and shooting equipment on Gunbroker. It just came in yesterday.





- 15" long barrel
- Full bull contour
- Big bore brake
- 1-20" twist
- Hexagonal fluting
- Steel picatinny base
- USMC red Cerakote

Additionally, this build utilizes a Nikon Force XR 2.5-8x28mm scope, a Pachmayr grip, and 12 gauge Flex-Tech forend.

MGM recommends against the 460 S&W on their website because people complain about their barrels being inaccurate, a sentiment I've seen shared by 460 Encore owners elsewhere online. They believe that weak aluminum mounting systems and less robust scopes are to blame. For that reason, I had them install a steel, supported picatinny-style, six hole base. Past experience has shown that my preferred scope, the Nikon Force XR, is more than capable of handling heavy recoil, but just to be safe I used two pairs of Warne Maxima rings.



This is probably going to be my last big build for a while, as well as one of my dream handguns, so I wanted to make it look good. The red on black look is one of my favorite aesthetics. Needless to say, I'm very pleased with how the build turned out.
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#200395 - 06/29/19 04:43 PM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Very nice. I bet you can reach out and touch a deer with that.
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#200396 - 06/29/19 04:45 PM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Mercy, that thing screams ?muscle?! Congrats on the build. I almost feel sorry for all the critters you?ll chase with it. Almost.
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#200398 - 06/29/19 09:10 PM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: Randy M]
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That is badass!!! I bet with that brake it'll shoot like a dream
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#200399 - 06/29/19 09:17 PM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: Franchise]
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VERY NICE AND WELL THOUGHT OUT, WAITING FOR A RANGE REPORT.
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#200400 - 06/29/19 09:30 PM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: 45MAN]
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I like it. Red and black looks good. Congrats.
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#200401 - 06/29/19 09:34 PM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: Okie Hunter]
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Nice looking T/C! Should be a real thumper.

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#200405 - 06/30/19 01:31 AM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: Mark Hampton]
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Nice looking build. Can't wait to see how it shoots.

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#200406 - 06/30/19 03:25 AM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: ruger4570]
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Beautiful hammer, Chance. May I make one suggestion? See if those forearm inserts are removable and if so, have them dipped red...😎 that would put the icing on the cake! And...no, I don?t mind spending other people?s money😜.
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#200411 - 06/30/19 09:18 AM Re: Completed a dream handgun - MGM 460 S&W Encore [Re: KRal]
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Very nice! What do you expect to get for performance (weight and velocity) with that?
I hear you on the factory large bore performance. I placed an order last month for a custom bull 45-70 barrel. I found my factory tapered 45-70 barrel was very accurate for 2 shot cold bore groups and then started shifting. Hot bore groups would be nice but 6-8 inches from the cold bore poi. I have a coated steel 6 hole base on a bead blasted SS barrel. I hope the coating will conform enough to act as a bedding compound to help lock it all together. Let us know how it shoots!

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