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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-28-2011, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

I'm about to buy a T/C Encore and I can't decide on a caliber. I'm going to buy a centerfire but I want versatility in my first barrel. I'm curious if those who already have one might share some guidance as to what was the first barrel you purchased, why did you pick it, would it still be your first choice.
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Re: Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

A quick final question what kind of scope are you using on your Encore?
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Re: Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

pick a versatile caliber, just because it's in an encore doesn't make a bit of difference.

i have a 25-06 for mine. i wanted a smaller caliber, as i usually use 30 cal magnums.

a good scope is also on mine , leupold 4.5 x 14 vx-III.

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Re: Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

I have 3 Encores???? Pick a Pick a remington 700 and don'tlook back.
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Re: Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

If you reload, the 25-06 is an excellent choice. 85 grains for the ground hogs, 115 for the deer. Factory ammo is expensive for a necked down 30-06 that runs 15-20$ a box.

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Re: Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

My first encore barrel was 30-06. Picked that as I wasn't reloading at the time and the availability of factory ammo did everything I needed. It would still be my first choice today.

I've got a bushnell trophy xlt with the doa reticle on mine. Definitely not the best scope out there but does it's job as long as I do mine.
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My barrel is a 270win. i use it for my walk around ground hog gun loaded with sierra 90gr HP make a very nasty hit on ground hogs. This barrel is the only rifle barrel I have all the others are 15" pistol barrels and I have 3 frames.
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Re: Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

I own and have owned quite a few barrels for my Encore. If you're looking for a versatile barrel to fulfill many needs, you can't go wrong with the "classics". .308, 30-06,270, etc. No different than choosing a repeating rifle. I also have the 50 cal in-line which I HIGHLY recommend! I have barrels chambered across the spectrum from 22-250 to 7mm Rem Mag and love each one of them!

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I have a 22 Hornet, 223, 22-250, 308 and 7 mm, 12 Ga. and 50ml for the Encore but I find I'm using the Contender more.
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Re: Picking a T/C Encore Caliber

Glad you said your "first barrel" because if you buy an Encore, you'll "need" additional barrels. If I were buying 1 for just about anything in Pa. it would be a .243. I've shot the .243 for decades in various rifles and it is a very versatile cartridge with 80 gr - 100 gr factory loads that any store carries. It's even more versatile if you handload. The 25-06 others suggested is a good choice to. My favorites for my Encore are .17 Fireball (groundhogs/fox/coyote). 260 Remington (deer but also could be used for varmints), and .243. I also shoot .223 in Encore rifle and .22 hornet and .17 HMR in an Encore pistol.

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