Re: I\'m So New I\'m Shiny!
Welcome. with your own range, you will be teaching us pretty soon. Trigger time is critical in this sport, plus it is a great time.
Never shot an Encore so can't predict its accuracy potential. In general, the smaller the groups the better.
A friend I used to compete with came down for the day to shoot LR with me. Has shot at 300m competitively and big bore silh. Never aimed at anything over 500m.
He brought an accurate 308 and a bunch of suitable ammo. With an estimated guess on elevation, we had him in the target area in 3 shots. He did hit the 9X9 gong once, a lot of very close calls. Would have done better but the wind was tough. By the way, I missed a lot too.
So give it a try. Just dial up the scope for 600yds and pull the trigger. You will be very surprised when that bullet splashes very close to where you want to go. Now you will be truly hooked and spend way too much time and money to hit tiny targets at very long ranges.
I think of LR plate and clay shooting as my version of golf. You can spend a little or a lot on equipment but being able to read the greens is what puts it in the cup...
Enjoy. There is so much info on this board that you will have all your questions answered.
My first suggestions are get a Lee Collet neck die, some MK or amax bullets, match primers, and H4831SC extreme. Work up a load with the bullets just off the lands, and start burning powder. Keep good notes and you will learn very quickly.