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Unread 02-22-2013, 05:01 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Southern Indiana
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I just got my first Pro Hunter frame. I am a Hoosier and wondering about recommendations for a deer set. Caliber, barrel source etc. I am new to forum and new to rifles in general.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 06:15 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: SD
Posts: 89
Re: Encore


A friend of mine had the .45/.410 barrel for it. FUN TO SHOOT!!

For deer I would suggest the .25-06. I have one (not a tc though) and even though I'm not the best shot I would feel confident out to 500yd.

P.S. do you reload?
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Unread 02-26-2013, 11:13 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 30
Re: Encore

I love mine. As far as barrels go I love my 28" 30-06 barrel for deer. But what you choose all depends on how you are going to use it. If you are not sure what you want get a couple different ones and try em out. If you don't like them you can normally get your money back as they don't really seem to lose value.
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Unread 02-27-2013, 12:09 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: sebastopol, ca.
Posts: 418
Re: Encore

I have one in a 7-08 and have shot several deer and hogs with it.

I purchased a 6.5 x .284 barrel for it but have never put it on. It's a Bulberry with a muzzle brake. 23 1/2" supposedly shoots under 1/2 MOA. My 7-08 shoots 3/4 MOA out to 400 yards.

With some work you can tune up the trigger and make a couple other mods and have a real shooter.
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Unread 02-27-2013, 03:11 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Lynchburg, TN
Posts: 785
Re: Encore

Denny, tell us a little more about how you're going to use the rifle. Thick woods, open pastures, cedar swamps, bean fields all have different requirements if you're looking for the best caliber for the situation. Then again, if you're looking for a all-round gun that might bring different suggestions. Tell us more about how you deer hunt.
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Unread 02-27-2013, 07:10 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Goshen, IN
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Re: Encore

You wanting to use it in IN? or somewhere else? Because your limited to whats legal in IN, I have a .358 BFG I use in IN, they recently changed the rules to brass length to 1.8" but the .358 BFG 1.8" produces too much presure in a encore frame so they won't chamber it. Too much frame stretch in testing. Easiest IN deer legal rifle to reload is the .358 hoosier. But if looking for a caliber to hunt else where, I would go a 7mm or 6.5 of some kind with the bergera barrel
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Unread 02-28-2013, 03:44 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kodiak, Alaska
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Re: Encore

I have been getting Encores to shoot well for about 10 years now. My best shooting two barrels are a T/c custom shop barrel and a Match Grade Machine. The custom shop barrel is in 6PPC and shoots .15"-.25" @ 100 yards. A trigger job is a must if you're going for top accuracy so if you're going to shoot it long range you will want it done.
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