Apologize but I am not exactly sure how long it would take, I believe it depends on how many custom-shop orders are in at the time you do your order. I do know that they have two or three excellent gunsmiths with a complete shop setup for the custom orders. This barrel is stainless and their heaviest contour and it is very accurate, it cleans up very quickly. T/C has a very heavy one-piece steel base made by Warne that accepts our Badgers and MK4 rings. They also sell steel Warne rings that work well, I prefer the ones without the detachable feature.
Ian,no need to apologize. The info you have shared has been great, so I have another questio for you. I am leaning towards getting an encore barrel in 300Win in the heavy configuration that you mentioned.(full bull 1") My question is how long of a barrel should I go with? I am leaning towards 26" or 28".
You can order the custom shop barrels through Fox Ridge Outfitters which is the outlet for the TC custom shop. However, I do not think they make a stock 1" bull, plus max length they list is 26". Time is up to 3 months on delivery too. They stock a 26" heavy barrel for the Encore though, which might be just what you want. I have the stock heavy in 7mm Mag and absolutely nothing wrong with it and the way it shoots on an Encore.
Best bet is to go to Bullberry Arms. They make all sorts of custom match grade barrels for the Encores and Contenders. I have had 2 of their Contender barrels and they are tops. Cost is around $300 and about 6-8 wks max. You can work with them on size and length.
Good info re Fox Ridge Outfitters, it is a separate building on T/C's property, owned by them. Not sure if you have been in it, it is a very nice store and also the initial customer service point for T/C, if your T/C needs a part they can usually fix it right there so that it does not have to go over to the factory. They get very busy just before hunting season opens.
Re the heavy barrel - their barrels are not a straight taper, at least so far I have not seen one other than on the muzzleloader barrel. I would like to see a barrel with the same contour as their muzzleloader barrel, in .308 Win. at 26 inches. Right now their bull barrel has a shoulder and the one piece mount does not sit flush all way to its front - cosmetic but why not leave the steel instead of contouring it.
I have a varmint weight barrel also and it is a good shooter but the bull barrel is better.
T/C does not recommend any aftermarket barrels on the Encore, there have been some guns that came apart and they had aftermarket barrels and lugs. As it is the Encore can be chambered for some fairly large calibers, I recently shot a .375 H&H factory barrel.
Just re-read your post and you asked a question. I would talk to them about getting at least a 26" barrel in .300 Win., the rifle will still handle like a big carbine. With virtually no action length you can go with longer barrels and the rifle will be surprisingly light and easy to carry and point. I don't know if they go longer, one phone call will sure tell you. Their custom shop guys are very good.
The phone number to their switchboard is
Hit #1 as soon as the machine starts talking, then 0 and you will have their switchboard.
Good luck with this.
BH & Ian, thanks for the info. I just checked the fox ridge website and I can get a barrel 26" and with a .995" diameter. So they can cover the contour, but only 26". If I want to go longer, I will have to go to bullberry or virgin valley. What would the benefit be for going to say a 28" barrel?