In southern Michigan, handguns must be straight wall cartridges to be used for deer hunting. For that I use this Encore with a .357Max 140gr XTP at 2400fps. I've fired it twice at deer and both times one shot kills (70yds and 110yds).
The barrel shown in the picture is a 16" 7mm-08 from the TC custom shop. I have the rifle forearm on it so I can use the bi-pod. I've yet to take this barrel hunting, but it really shoots.
It shoots the 139gr SST's very well (averages 2620fps). I just hate to embarrass the average 30-06 deer hunter with it at the range [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] It also shoots the 162A-max OK at around 2330fps. Neither load shows any pressure signs, so I could certainly push them up a touch. I use IMR4064 in the 7mm-08 and H110 for the 357max.
From the bench, I can break clay pigeons all day with the 357Max at 200yds, I can clean up the broken pieces with the 7mm-08.
It has a Bushnell Elite 3-6x scope which works pretty well.