Most Accurate T/C Encore Barrel??????

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by mtnwrunner, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2009
    Howdy all.
    Would any of you have a recommendation for an ACCURATE after market T/C Encore barrel?
    I am looking at a 280 Ackley. I've done some research but i'd like to know if anyone here has some field and target experience with them.

  2. LouBoyd

    LouBoyd Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    Without stating the range, wind conditions, what the target is, what shooting style you use , and what weight you prefer I don't think you'll get a reasonable answer. You didn't even say if you're using the Encore as a rifle or a pistol.

    I have a Rem 700 in 280 AI. It's a good cartridge. But so are the 7mm08, 270Win, 7mm Rem Mag and 30-06 which surround it for case capacity and bullet diameter. None of those are my most accurate rifles at any range, but they're all good for hunting. The more accurate rifles typically have unsuitable terminal ballistics or are impractical to carry.

  3. tnshooter111

    tnshooter111 Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Bullberry barrel works Utah.
  4. jorvin

    jorvin Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2009
    i think the best encore custom barrel maker going right now is MGM. shorter wait and a great product. as far as being accurate most customs are if you do your part like breakin and reload. [​IMG]
  5. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    Match Grade Machines MGM . I had heard nothing but GOOD about their barrels so I ordered a 15" SS by Shilen in 30-30AI for my Contender. Man will this barrel shoot. I have not found anything yet that will not shoot in it. Even my fire form loads with some old IMR 4320 powder I had around and some pulled 147 FMJ's from some military ammo would put 5 under 1" at 100 yards. Their prices are very good and the wait time is short for a custom barrel.
  6. Paparock

    Paparock Active Member

    Jun 27, 2008

    GNERGY Guest

  8. Gibbsfan

    Gibbsfan Active Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    I have heard good and bad about all the aftermarket barrels and what it cames down to is how you set up your frames to your barrels. checking for loose hinge pins and barrel to frame gap which is the main contributor of head space. if you get all the things done up right even the factory tc barrels will shoot. i have four of them right now and no lie they all shoot under .4 inch groups. I have 223, 243ai, 25-06ai, and 270 gibbs. I do have another one coming from the tc custom shop in a 5.7x28 all of these are for the encore. I also have a contender pistol and both barrels shoot great 223ai and a 7-30 waters. Good Luck !!! these will hsoot accurately if you take the time to set them up correctlygun)
  9. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    I recommend the bullberry barrel works barrels. I have one in 7mmremmag and it consistiently shoots .5 moa with H1000 and 168 bergers
  10. Randominator

    Randominator Active Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    My most accurate Encore handgun barrel is a 15" ported .338 GNR. This is the 405 Winchester case necked down to .338. It will shoot a 200 grain Nosler Accubond at 2650 fps. and I have some 200 yard 3 shot groups that measure less than 1". It has become my "go to" barrel.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2012
  11. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007


    MGM, Bullberry and SSK all make great barrels. However, if you have a loose hinge pin or do not know how to set up headspace for a break action. You are SOL and does not matter which barrel.

    Go to Mike Bellms website and learn about the TCs first and he has a for sale section also.

  12. TRM1

    TRM1 New Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    I have had really good luck with Match Grade Machine. I have Two Encore barrels made by M.G.M. a 22-250 and a 25-06 and I have two contender barrels also made by M.G.M. a .223 and a 30-30 all shoot excellent and I am very satisfied with their work and would recommend them to anyone looking for a custom T/C barrel. I have also contacted M.G.M. a couple times with questions and the people there are extra nice and have helped me out. I once called and asked about a factory T/C barrel that I was having issues with and I had not even bought anything from them and they recommended changing out the locking lugs on the barrel and sent me various sizes to try which corrected the problem I was having. So I thought that was going above and beyond to help me out.

    As far as Mike Bellm I would take a lot of his products with a grain of salt.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  13. hoytaddict

    hoytaddict Active Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    I've had great results with Match Grade Machine! They have a really fast turnaround, and quality builds. Also very reasonable for a custom barrel. Here is my latest barrel, 28" full bull fluted in 7mm STW and my first harvest with it from Friday the 13th