Yesterday we shot a heavy T/C custom-shop .308 Win. barrel (stainless, almost straight contour) at 100 yards and had some very nice results - as in sub 1/2 minute for five 168 Speer match bullets at 100 yards. 45.5 Varget, Win. primer and BHA brass. Rifle had a 4-16 Nikon Tactical (prototype on it in Badgers). Best group was 0.453". It was chambered in the custom shop and they left a nice heavy contour, but it is a factory available barrel and an out of the box Encore single-shot break-open action. Trigger is not the best I have shot in an Encore, could be lighter and smoother but the rig did OK. We will be shooting that combination out to 1000 to see how it works.
Expect it is a selected barrel from their own production, they make some very good barrels. I have seen some of their barrels shoot amazing groups - both muzzleloaders and centerfires. T/C makes a lot of barrels in a day.
Chambered in the custom shop, cut to 24 inches. Very handy little rifle and it is an accurate system considering that you can switch barrels so easily.
We will shoot our standard Varget loads (45.5-46) with a variety of 168's (Speer, Sierra and Nosler J4's) and the 175 Matcking. I don't see any reason why it won't stay in there with our bolt rifles since it is shooting so well at 100.
The Encore is a homely little rifle because the frame was intended for handgun use, but it is surprisingly comfortable to shoot. Encore rifle stocks are undergoing very slight refinements this year, not enough to make a fuss over. They brought out a G2 Contender rifle and it has a different stock contour that fits the Encore, you have to look close to see the difference.
Will keep you advised as we shoot that little rig, it is very handy compared to the bolt rifles.
You probably have heard that I got a Savage Striker in 308 from my dad in December, and it really shoots great, better than most factory rifles could wish for.
The one thing I like about the Encore is it's speed in reloading and it's weight, I think in practiced hands it's probably faster than the Striker. I still want an Encore but the Striker filled the bill enough I'll have to wait.
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The Striker needs to have a left port and then it would be handy! Why anybody would put a right port on a gun that is held with the right hand is beyond me. [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
It works, but would be alot easier if you could just throw another round in with the left hand after drawing the bolt back instead of halving to lay the gun over to get one in. Just my 2 cents on them.
My friend shot the Encore again today, he tried 4064 and 42 grains shot 168 Sierra's into 3/4" for five at 100 yards. We took the tactical scope and he used a Simmons Aetec, said it was like having vaseline smeared on the lenses compared to the Nikon.
The Encore is a very easy rifle to load, triggers are reasonable but I would not try to tune one, only problem for me is that the pistol grip area is a little skinny and doesn't give much to wrap fingers around.