Re: Long Range Encore
Long Range Encore
Welcome, nothing wrong with the encore as a hunting platform. I have had them since they came out and done just about all the tweaks possible that are reasonable.
I have three separate ones, (209x50, 20 ga slug and 300 Whisper) and I love them for what they are designed for and do.
Custom barrels and all the tweaks that Mike Bellm and Bullberry and others do have done a lot for them. However, having agreed that they are great hunting platforms, they are not and never will be great LR platforms.
They are not strong enough to take the larger more effeciant LR cartridges and take a lot of custom work to include barrels and forearm hangers etc. They cannot handle the PSI and they suffer from frame stretch in the larger cartridges. Money will never make the action stronger, eliminate frame stretch and nothing you can do about that.
Having said that, go for it and would love to see you stretch them out.