Well, I've been moving closer and closer to a final decision. After some thought, I am going to go custom with this Encore pistol. Contenders (no pun intended) are Bullberry, Virgin Valley and SSK. So far I am pretty much set on a big 280 class cartridge. Looking over some of my load refrences I found the 280 JDJ, which puts out some incredible ballistics. However, I have a few questions. How user friendly will the 60 degree shoulder be for reloading compared to the 40 on the Ackley improved? Secondly, how much of a performance gain is there over the Ackley? Finally, and this has more to do with the gun makers themselves, is SSK worth the jump in price? It just seems to me that the SSK products are priced consistently higher than the other manufacturers (for instance, all but SSK include a trigger tune with the frames they sell free--SSK charges 95 bucks). One of the pluses for the SSK though would be the 280 JDJ or other proprietary rounds. Any thoughts/imput on my questions is appreciated.
I am taking my M700 to the gunsmith today, going to have the action blueprinted and rebarreled to a 280 Rem AI. I am going with a Hart 24" flutted #5 countoured barrel.
I also have a Contender in 7X30 Waters. My best 3 shot group @ 100 yds is .225"! I am going to leave this one alone for now. I have a friend who is a big fan of SSK. He shoots 6.5 JDJ, 7X30 JDJ, 309 JDJ and 375 JDJ. All his barrels are from JD Jones (SSK) and they all are great shooters.
If you use the 270 brass be sure to open the case necks up to 30 cal first and then neck back down to 7mm positioning the shoulder in the correct location as it is farther forward then the other members of the '06 clan. This will control case stretching on fireforming loads as well as keep things safe!!!
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