I've heard that TC is capable of making accurate barrels, and I personally know
a guy that has been very happy with his .22-250 barrel. I was happy with my
209x50 barrel also, and ordered a .25-06 barrel. It made shot patterns, NOT
groups. No load/bullet combination I tried would do better than 3", while most
were in the 4 1/2" area. Tim Pancurak of Customer Disservice told me they
would check it out and make it right if I sent it in. I sent them a cleaned barrel
and waited.......and waited.....and waited. They sent back a dirty barrel with
no explanation. After that, Pancurak cut off any communication I attempted to
initiate. In my case, so much for "customer satisfaction".
TC Customer "Service".
I've also heard that TC's customer service is great. Perhaps things have
changed since the mid-'90's. Personally, I'll never know, believing in the
phylosophy "screw me once, it's your fault.......screw me twice, it's my
It's a crying shame that Virgin Valley Custom Guns went out of business.
They made me a Tactical 20 barrel (Shilen), complete with hanger bar and
forearm that has shot as tight as 1/8" groups. Some of those guys are
now MGM, but they do not have the complete service of the hanger bar/
forearm system. However, should I get another Encore barrel, it will be
from MGM or Bergara (who makes their barrels using Shilen's system). It
will NOT be from TC.