Anybody shooting an Encore in 7 Rem Mag, or 280 AI? How do they shoot? Can they go 5-600 yards. Anybody shooting 168 or 180 VLD's out of either of these cartridges with good accuracy? Also what barrel do you shoot?
I had a Encore Pro-Hunter in 7mm Mag. I had the TC barrel. I really liked the gun but it was just to inconsistint for me. a deer killing machine. But I am one of these EXTREME accuracy guys that likes to see small groups on paper. Don't get me wrong I had mine shooting 1/2"groups. BUT I would take it out one night and it would group like a machine but then I would take it out and group it another day, usually happening when I would shoot at night versus day, and groups weren't as good. Don't now why it would group so good at night and not during the day. Maybe a temp. thing. But people say when you shoot them the sand bags need to be as far back to the reciever as can get.
I shoot Reloader 19 threw mine with 140 grain Nosler ballistic tip. Smoked a 350 lb. hog with it.
So quality is really good for a lot of people just not for me. Kinda a bolt guy anyways. Not much on the single shooters.
But if thats your thing then yea, I would say that there shouldn't be a problem with them 5 to 600 yards. Especially the 7mm cartridge. AWESOME long range shooter.
Last edited by Dust270WSM; 08-28-2009 at 11:55 PM.
I've got a 270 win. Bellm trigger job and a 28 bagara barrel with a Harmonic Balancer. I shot 130 grain vlds with a Leupold 6X30X56 VXL with a Varmint hunter Reticle. It's deadly, by far the best rifle I've got. It shoots sub MOA at 400 yards. My daughter hit a steel 4 inch disc this weekend with the first shot at 400 yards. I've shot it to 700, and can easily hit at deer with it at 700. But the energy is falling off very fast. I wouldn't shoot past 600 with it. The varmint reticle is dead on the money to 400 and a little hight at 500. So you can shoot to 400 without dialing.
what type of modifications did you'll do to your t/c's to get them to shoot so far so good. i have a .270 ss for mine. I want to get another barrel or it and shoot longer distances. what caliber do you'll feel is a reasonable long range(600yds) cal.
I've shot 3 different cartridges (barrels) on two different frames and they all shot the same - very inconsistent. An occasional good group would be achievable but then not reliably repeated. Both guns had Bellm trigger upgrades done by Bellm.
I tried floating the forend on both which "seemed" to work at times, and then again not. I kept the 45-70 only because I use it for bear hunting over bait where 100yds is considered a long shot. The 7mm mag would shoot 4" groups @ 200yds whenever it wanted to. Load development didn't make much difference in overall performance. Even the 30-06 was an occasional performer with consistency never a reliable quality in this rifle.
Oddly enough, the 209x50 barrel is more consistent than the centerfires. It shoots a consistent 1.0-1.5 moa most of the time with a favorable load.
All in all, the benefits of readily changable barrels is way outweighed by the unpredictable performance of this platform. Just my observations and I actually like the Encores. I only wish I could get them to shoot.
I have had good luck with a .223 barrel in SS. It shoots .5 groups at 300. I might have got lucky, but i clean despirately and always use moly coated bullets.....Friend has a .300 Win mag that wont group, but he is too cheap to practice.