I have been looking at some of the big hand cannons being made right now. I dont think I want one of thos but I do want a pistol I think for longer range practice and varmit hunting. I like the custom xp's and strikers but I dont want to drop alot of cash into something to find out that it wasn't very fun. I know that you get what you pay for and that having good equipment can make the difference between fun and "I will never do that again". So before I drop a couple grand into something that I will decide is crap and no fun, I was looking for an alternative. My dad has a .243 in an encore and it is very accurat but the problem is is that you cant put a bipod on it. no front swivle stud. I got to thinking that I have a .223 rifle barrel for my encore. Can you cut the barrel down, throw a bipod on it along with a pistol scope and will it work just to see if I like it then I am only out a barrel. Also is there a length limit for the barrel of a pistol. I know there is for a rifle but I am not sure on a pistol. Another side note. I never shoot my encore/223 because I cant shoot it in the field very well. The barrel I have shoots normally .5moa @ 100 but as soon as I leave the bench bullets go anywhere except for hitting what I am aiming at. I cant figure it out for I shoot alot and none of my other rifles do this. The reason I never use this gun is because of this. You go out and cant hit a damn thing and it torques you off. Have remingtons, coopers, and savages that dont do that. I am very large framed and I had the same problem with the contenders and always figured that I was to big to shoot such a little rifle but the encores are supposed to be a full size rifle.