Witch barrel for a encore pistol for deer hunting

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  1. enigma

    enigma Well-Known Member

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    I want to buy a barrel for my encore pistol for hunting whitetail deer from a blind here's the 3 caliber's I'm looking at 45/70 gov, 35 whelen or 338-06.I won't be shooting more than 125 yards with it.Anybody have anything to say witch might be better?
     
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  2. leatherman92

    leatherman92 Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a encore in .460sw you might look at that cal.
     

  3. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    What is a "Witch" barrel? Or do you mean "Which" barrel?
     
  4. enigma

    enigma Well-Known Member

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    I mean I'm looking at a 15inch barrel for one of these calibers 45/70 Gov or 35 whelen or 338-06 to hunt whitetail from a ground blind and useing a shooting rest in the blind to.
     
  5. Crane

    Crane Well-Known Member

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    I bought a .44 magnum and had it reamed to .444 Marlin. It is a hand full with full power loads even with the brake. I like the HAWK bullets. It shoots the Hornady factory loads very well also. Check out Bellm's web site for good info on the encore.
     
  6. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    Of the three you mention, I would pick the 338-06.

    For the short distances you are considering, I would recommend something like the 7mm-08 with 120 or 140 NBT's. 260 Rem would also work great.
     
  7. pres58

    pres58 New Member

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    I bought a encore last year in 3006. Haven't hunted with it yet,I have used a 3006 rifle for the last 30 years and never had any prolems with that caliber. I would say none of the above and go with either 3006 or 270.
     
  8. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Those are some pretty healthy chamberings. I'd go with a 7mm-08, .243 etc., but any of the chamberings you listed will be more than enough for whitetail at 125yds. Any of the WSM's would be awesome for your uses, in fact, the 338-300WSM would be really hard to beat for ANY game at 125yds.

    AJ
     
  9. enigma

    enigma Well-Known Member

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    Well I got a 15 inch 3006 barrel for it and a 7 power burris scope on it to.