I've been putting together a TC Encore Pro hunter as I've gotten spare money over the past few years. I've always wanted an Encore that was a decent long range shooter and I also wanted to put together a gun for my wife to hunt groundhogs and deer with. I had a barrel made by Match Grade Machine chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. It's a full bull barrel and quite heavy. They did a wonderful job and the crown is beautiful.
I sent the frame out to Stratton Custom in Utah for a trigger job, trigger over travel screw installation, custom forend to fit the bull barrel and a hanger bar to alleviate uneven pressure placed on the barrel from the 2 piece stock. He did a great job as well and the trigger breaks like glass. I highly recommend the over travel screw.
I found a good deal at Cabelas on a Vortex 4-16x44 Viper HS LR. All said and done I got it for a little over $200 with Cabelas points and sale price reduction. I think it retails for $650. I couldn't be more impressed with the glass. They're as clear as I've ever looked through and collect a lot of light.
I shot the gun for the first time 2 days ago and cleaned the barrel thoroughly after every shot for the first 20 shots. I achieved a 1 inch group at 100 yards and a 2 inch group at 200 yards. I think I can tighten these up later on once I find out what ammunition this gun likes. The first day I was shooting Hornady SST Superformance 129 grain.
This gun shoots like a .22. It's incredible and just what I was looking for. I don't even need a tight weld to my shoulder.
Yesterday I went out to Castlewood Rod and Gun club with a friend who is a member to shoot a little more. It was quite windy and incredibly cold. I think it was around 14 degrees!
The rifle range there goes out to 500 meters (549 yards) and there is a ~24 inch gong out at max range. I was able to shoot a 3 shot 3 inch group at 500 meters on the gong. Talk about stoked! That's the farthest I've ever shot by 250 yards. I did have one flyer that I didn't mark in the pictures. It was high by about a foot and to the right. I'm chalking that up to shooter error.
Here's some pics! Sorry for the low light in some of the pictures.