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T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:48 AM
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T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

I was going to get a new barrel for my Encore was trying to decide between 45/50 caliber, any thoughts or recommendations as to which is the better of the two performance wise????
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:50 AM
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Re: T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

It depends on what you are hunting. If its deer sized game, the .45 will work just fine. In fact the .45 will work for elk sized game also with the proper bullet selection, but many states have .50 caliber minimum for elk.

I have both .45 and .50 caliber ML guns. When I want to shoot elk, I grab my .50 Omega. I shoot a 300 gr SST with 120 gr BH209. This gives me 4" groups at 300 yards.

If I am after mule deer I will grab my Knight Disc Elite in .45 cal. A load of 110 gr of BH209 and a 200 gr SST shoots flat, and is more than accurate enough (4" groups) to do the job at 250 yards. It gives lighter recoil than the .50 cal.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:02 PM
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Re: T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

I have the .50 and shoot the 230 grain surefire (by Thompson) Try the Variflame primer adapter. Cut my groups to an inch and under. I shot 2 deer and 3 hogs and a coyote with mine last year. Wow was the word. My friend gave my a .45 bbl yesterday but I have yet to shoot it. I like the accuracy of my .50 Another thought around here finding .45 caliber stuff is like finding Hens teeth. Just something to think about.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:35 PM
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Re: T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

I would not use the VariFlame with BH209. It needs a very hot spark to get it to go off. Maybe using a CCI #450 (small Rifle mag primer) would work though.
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:32 AM
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Re: T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

Thanks for the advice guys!!!! Keep it coming........
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:55 PM
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Re: T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

check out the Bergara barrel for the Encore. They have them with the new quick release breech plug now.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:17 PM
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Re: T/C Encore 45 or 50 caliber?????

The .50 will give you a lot more options for components. I have an encore in .45 and like it but a .50 would make life a little easier to have different components to play with. I just started using Blackhorn209 powder and it has made a huge difference in my shooting experience with the .45! Personally I'd go with a .50 for simplicity.
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