I would like to know where you are buying Brand New 2.5-8 Leupolds for $400. They are way closer to $500. $400 will get you a refurb. As far as the value of the Encore goes I would pc it out. $185+ for the barell $250 for a frame and the Leupold will sell all day long for $300 and depending on what you have for grips another $35-$60 Just what I have sen these sell for on other sites. Hope this helps you out some. Honestly though don't sell the Encore short my 15" would group 139gr Honady sst and rem 140 corloks well under an inch and its a little easier to carry than a bolt gun. Just my .02
For me, I think the Encores work best with short barrels (10-12 inch) and so only look at larger bore pistol calibers like .458, 452, .500 etc. Basically 150 yard hammers. For longer range work I prefer the XP platform of a bolt action. More accurate, easier to tune, etc.
So if you don't have a need for a short range hammer, I'd sell the Encore. Like you said you really only need one gun and the xp will become your favorite I'm sure. I know I love my xp Kirby built in 7 SAUM.
What a bunch of crap.
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