Encore advice needed
Was out last week with a friend shooting my Striker pistol and his new Encore with the 15" barrel, rubber grip and forend, chambered in 7mm-08.
We were shooting at a 40"x40" piece of cardboard with little crosses drawn on it about 6" apart at 100yds.. Shooting was done off a low end bench with a front and rear bag.
The Striker peformed pretty well but the Encore was all over the place. At first I thought he had a bad scope or loose mounts because he'd put two within 3" of each other near the selected cross then blow one out by 8"-12". Next group would have two within 3" but would be 2 crosses left of the point of aim then blow one out 8"-12" to the right.
After watching him do this about 3 times he finally handed it to me and said you try. So I sat on the bench picked a cross in the top row and proceded to put 3 into about a 4" group about 3" right of the POA not great but it would do for deer. Feeling a little cocky I picked a cross on the bottom row and proceded to put 3 into a 8" group about 10" above the POA.
After some more tinkering we found that by shooting at the lower targets we were putting more downward on the forend and the groups suffered and the POI was well above the POA usually around a foot.
So what I'd like to know is is this normal for an encore? Seems like a pretty finicky way to have to shoot. Also the trigger on that thing felt like it was set at 50lbs, any way to replace or tune one of these? He's pretty disappointed.
Right now my friend says "I can't hunt with this &%$*& thing, I'd never know if I was going to hit them in the head or in the A$$" I told him hitting em in the head works just fine, but don't call me if you shoot one in the butt.:p
Anyway thanks for any help.
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