New Encore barrel question

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by wm5l, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. wm5l

    wm5l Well-Known Member

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    I have a Encore (12")in 454 Casull that I cant shoot very well because of the massive recoil. I was considering a 12" or even a 14" .357 Maximum. From what I can find on the net it is very close to 44mag when hand loaded. Factory ammo is not an issue. I already have 2 other .357mags so I am set up for reloading. Give me some feedback,good or bad on my thoughts....Jim
     
  2. Ernie

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    I think the Max would be an excellent choice. The one I have shot is extremely accurate.
     

  3. wm5l

    wm5l Well-Known Member

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    Do you have the T/C custom shop version? I was thinking about a fluted 12" heavy bbl version. I don't think I will need the muzzle brake. I understand that there are some gunsmiths that cut a little tighter throat on them. It is supposed to help accuracy. I was planning on shooting some 357mags in it as well as some 38's when plinking around. That is on of the advantages of the round to me. I am not the only one that will shoot it. My wife and kid like to shoot as well. As you might guess I am the ONLY one who can shoot the 454.....Jim
     
  4. Ernie

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    The Max I was shooting wasn't mine. I was shooting a steel gong at 330 yards. Hitting it was easy off the bench with a 3-12 Burris W/BP.
     
  5. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    Use the 454 barrel but shoot 45lc in itlightbulb I had a 15" TC barrel for my Encore for years. About all I used 454Casull loads for was hunting bears over bait and messing with people who thought they could handle recoil:cool:
    A stiff 45lc load is nuthin to sneeze @ and is a whole cheaper and fun to shoot than full house Casull loads.
     
  6. wm5l

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    I think that would be cheaper than any other options. Can I use full length 454 brass and just load it to 45LC specs? Will that leave too much empty space in the case and cause pressure problems?
     
  7. Ernie

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    How about just using your 45LC brass and loading it down?
     
  8. wm5l

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    Don't have any 45LC brass and don't want to buy any if I can use my 454 st brass