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Unread 12-31-2008, 11:24 PM
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Encore caliber advice

Hi guys, I'm thinking about trying handgun hunting, I already have a T/C Encore. what would be some good whitetail deer calibers for a 10" barrel? max shot distance might be 150 yards, more likely under 100.
I would like to keep the overall length under 16"

Also, any thoughts on optics?

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    Unread 01-01-2009, 12:35 AM
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    Re: Encore caliber advice

    If you are wanting a pistol or straight walled cartridge, it's hard to beat a 454 Casull especially in short bbl.

    If you want to use a rifle cartridge the choices are limitless, but I'd recommed a longer 14" bbl with a bull bbl taper for recoil reasons, with out a brake. Handgun brakes are ruthless, I sold a bbl in a .260 Rem because I couldn't stand the noise of the brake. I then had a a 14" bull made in the same caliber and it was more accurate than the other one.

    .260 Rem is a really good handgun cartridge.

    For a scope, Burris makes an excellent handgun scope for the money.

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    Unread 01-01-2009, 09:38 AM
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    Re: Encore caliber advice

    Pretty much any caliber will work for the ranges you indicate. 260 Remington as already stated would be an excellant cartridge.

    Burris,Leupold are my long eye relief scope choices.

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    Unread 01-01-2009, 09:50 AM
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    Re: Encore caliber advice

    Dano, for what you want the barrel to do take a good look at the 460 S&W. I would do this for shorter barrels and if you go out to 16" then look at the bottle neck cartridges. The 260 being a great one....
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    Unread 01-05-2009, 02:18 AM
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    Re: Encore caliber advice

    The BR line cartridges 6mmBR-7mmBR would also work in short barrels if you want bottleneck cartridges.
    Give us a better idea, if you are looking for a straight-wall or bottleneck cartridges.
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    Unread 01-05-2009, 03:39 AM
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    Re: Encore caliber advice

    I hunt with an Encore here in Michigan. I use a 357 Maximum and it has pretty good ballistics out to 200yds. I also have a 7mm-08 barrel that is good to 300 or so. The 357 Max is a straight wall (which is required in the south half of Michigan).

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    Unread 01-06-2009, 08:59 AM
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    Re: Encore caliber advice

    Thanks for the input guy's

    I realy dont have any cartrige preference, just looking for one that would be efficient in a short barrel. the main criteria would be a caliber of .45 or smaller, and overall length of the pistol under 16" so 10-11" barrel would be max length by my calculations.
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