Encore Pro Hunter , just a heads up !!

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by James Jones, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    I have worked on 4 of these guns in the last month and I have to say that I've very dissapointed with the QC from Thompson Center with these new "up graded" guns.

    All of these gun have had trigger weights in the 8-11lb range !!! with so much creep that is very rough its awfull and only one of the guns had the trigger guard threaded for the over travel screw , all the internal trigger parts have very large casting marks..
    All of the frames have the hinge pin holes reamed way over sized , so much so that the Bellm 1x pin will slide right through and fall out and the 2x pin requires very little pressure to push in and when the hole is measured its out of round.
    One of the guns is a member heres 12ga slug gun , this barrel has no sites and is drilled and tapped for a scope base , the trouble is that the barrel is so damn thin that you only get 4 threads from a 6-48 screw to hold the base on and when the cheap crappy scope base screws that come with it were swapped out for better torx head screws the threads pulled out when they were tighted with 3 fingers from a screwdriver !!! So now the base has to be bedded and glued to the barrel , any machinest should know better than that and said somthing about maybe soldering the base to the barrel or not offering it in 12ga or somthing !!

    Its taking so long to stone the triggers down on these things that I'm basicaly doing it for free , I'm not gonna go up on my prices cause TC is shipping out junk but I should send them a bill for componsation just to see what they would say.

    In my oppinion you are better off getting an older gun and just installing a Sim's recoil pad , the off set hammer isin't worth the trouble

    I just figured that I would let anybody that thinking about getting one of these what kind of troubles I'm finding with them.
     

  2. Wallowa Hunter

    Wallowa Hunter Active Member

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    James thanks for the heads up! I have been really considering one of these for the last few months. But have not had the chance to handle one yet.
    I really like the idea of switching from shotgun to rifle and all that jazz. Just a neat little camp rifle for the cabin.

    But now I have my doubts...Maybe I will look for an older one...

    Their website makes them look so nice. sheesh

    Thanks
     

  3. Dead Beat

    Dead Beat Well-Known Member

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    my prohunter pistol had a trigger that was just over 7 pounds and alot of creep . but it did have the over travel stop . i sent it to stratton custom he did a 1 pound trigger night and day is all can say

    and well i was at it i got a rifle SS frame from him and had him do a 2 1/2 #
    trigger before he sent to my FFL guy. but it does not have the the over travel
    screw on it

    JIM
     
  4. Nomosendero

    Nomosendero Well-Known Member

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    I have an old stainless frame with a good trigger. Are the 28" Pro Hunter tubes any good, I was thinking about getting a 270 & seeing what it would do?
     
  5. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    I have only shot one of the new Prohunter barrels and it was a 308 that had been rechambered to 300Win mag and it shot very well , consistantly under 1moa with fartory ammo and down around the 1/2moa with handloads.
    The barrel has a Tubbs final finish kit run through it before it was rechambered to 300 win.
     
  6. Ol'Gator

    Ol'Gator Well-Known Member

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    WOW! How lucky am I. My ProHunter .300WM after bringing the trigger to 1 1/2 Lbs and 2X pin, shoots fine. This one also sports a brake since my wife hunts antelope with it. A friend has his rechambered to .257 WbyMag with the same work sans brake. Both guns stay at .5/.6 and are fun to shoot. I'm seeing another in my future since the wife has pretty much taken possession.

    Understanding that these are only two compared to the many you have dealt with.
     
  7. Nomosendero

    Nomosendero Well-Known Member

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    A 28" 257Wea. would be neat if it would shoot.
     
  8. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    the barrels seem to be of good quality , I think that they use Douglas barrels or at least their custom shop used to.

    I've had great luck in the past using factory barrels and rechambering them with a good reamer and indicated well , Like I mentioned earlier about a 308 barrel that was rechambered to 300 Win. I've done the same thing with Savage barrels with good success.

    A 257 Wby with a 28" barrel would make an awsome long range deer and varmint gun.
     
  9. cash338rum

    cash338rum Well-Known Member

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    My prohunter

    Someone must have brought the trigger issue to Thompsons attention because I bought one a month ago with 204 28 inch fluted barrel and a 25-06 28 inch fluted barrel and the trigger is about 3.5 factory maybe I got lucky. The gun performs flawlessly and I am working on hand loads. Love the gun, two friends bought after me and trigger appear to be about the same..... Want to find out about the 257whtbymag... I love mine I shoot left handed so works well....... 40gr hor 26.5 gr 10x shot .63 after break in want to shoot 32 and 39 haven't had time but will post results. Love this sitegun)gun):D:D:D
     
  10. rtv900

    rtv900 Well-Known Member

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    I was not thrilled with the Pro Hunter. I stayed with my standard Encores. I am using pro hunter barrels on my standard encore and the combo works out very very well.
     
  11. wm5l

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    That is what I am doing as well. My 7mm-08 PH rifle's chamber it way long. It measures 2.925" not the standard 2.800" Guess I will make my hand loads a bit longer and see what happens because 2.800 throws a shotgun like pattern........Jim
     
  12. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    wm5l , sounds like a good cantidate for a rechamber to say a284 Win , 280 Ackley or 7mm mag , take advantage of all that barrel.

    seating your bullet way ong is one good thing about the Emcores as their no mag troubles
     
  13. wm5l

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    I really didn't want to rechamber. I think I will just make em long and save the $. I just got rid of my last "mag". I kind of like the "Wussy",non kicking Cartridges. I read somewhere that if YOU like it and YOU shoot it well it is a good choice for YOU. I have a 7mm-08 Encore pistol and I LOVE it. I kind of want to stay with one cartridge since I am already set up for it ya know? I had a 7mmWSM that kicked like a mule. It is G O N E gone! I tried to like it but I just couldn't make my self shoot that bazooka like thing without flinching. It had a brake and all that stuff but I didn't like the recoil. I hate to get back into that with a rechamber.....Jim
     
  14. mrmusick@cox.net

    mrmusick@cox.net New Member

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    Hello: I am wanting Encore barrels, Stainless or Blue, 24''or 28'' in
    45/70, .308, .243, or any in P.O. Ackley chambered barrel.
    Also any custom shop barrels in .219zipper, 25/20,
    25/35, 6mm/284 or 6mm ackley.

    Thank you.
    Rex Musick
    ph. 785 246 0680
    Topeka Ks. 66617