Re: Thompson Center Encore
One thing that has not been mentioned to date is bench technique. The Encore rifle must be removed from the bags/rest each and every shot for reloading. In addition, how you close the action will have a significant affect on your groups. I have an Encore rifle built by Virgin Valley in 20BR that will produce groups that average less than 0.5MOA with a number of then closer to 0.25MOA. However these groups are only possible in this rifle if I consistantly close the action with the same amount of force AND pay attention to how the rifle is repositioned in the bags/rest. If I do not consistantly close the action I have learned the hard way that groups up to four inches tall and 3/8 wide have resulted.
Bottom line, with a good barrel and well fitted hinge pin AND good bench technique small groups are indeed possible.
Craig in SE Idaho