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I am looking to upgrade to a custom barrel for my encore pro hunter. If money wasnt an object, which custom barrel would be the best to buy. I am looking for a multi purpose elk, deer, bear caliber barrel but want to get a very accurate barrel. What I've been getting from TC has been less than desirable.
 

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E.A.Brown 6.5x55 swede would handle all of your needs and there barrels are very accurate. That of course is only my 2 cents worth but you certainly couldn't go wrong with that.
 

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Mike Bellm custom "tuned" Bergara barrels are getting good reviews. Can't go wrong with MGM or Bullberry either.
 

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I have 2 MGM's and like them both. I don't own an EAB but understand they are very accurate as well. Like Groat said, a lot of calibers to choose from. 6.5 Swede, .260 Rem., and on up. Almost all of the 6.5 calibers are very accurate at long-range with mild recoil. Some might consider them light for elk or bear but they've been used on virtually every game animal in the world.
 

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I would venture a guess and say the .223 has been used on every game animal on the planet too, but that doesn't make it an ideal choice...different topic for a different thread...but I'll throw in another vote for MGM barrels, very accurate and very close tolerances. Good luck.

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jkeene, We didn't mention that MGM stands for Match Grade Machine and their web site is at http://matchgrademachine.com/ . The E. A. Brown site is http://www.eabco.com/encore.html .

Mac, Actually caliber was mentioned in the thread so I was just trying to be of some help. The poster said "I am looking for a multi purpose elk, deer, bear caliber barrel but want to get a very accurate barrel." I was just presenting some 6.5MM options for him and indicated that some consider them light. Never said they were "ideal".
 

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What is a total shame is how the quality and tolerance control has gone in the toilet on TC barrels since S&W took over. Seriously, all...and I mean EVERY SINGLE factory TC barrel I own (all purchased before the buyout) will shoot 1/2 moa with most loads I feed them and into the same hole with some factory loads and any of my hand loads. A true shame that we must now spend what is being asked to get a "custom" barrel, just to meet the "old standard" of TC quality and accuracy.
 

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MGM or EA Brown in 35 whelen, a true do it all caliber thats proven itself the world over on all types of big and dangerous game!
 

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I got 3 E.A. Brown barrels all ALL shoot under 1 MOA. There prices I feel are cheaper than MGM, BulBerry and Bellem, plus there a family run business and some of the nicest people you could ever deal with...
 

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If I was going the custom route, I think I'd get a 280 Ackley improved. I know Bellm makes them. Though I've heard both great and not so great things about him personally. MGM or or Brown would be great choices as well.
 

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The .338 Federal is multi-purpose and is light recoiling. I use mine for deer and bear.

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E A Brown for me... They do have 35 Whelen custom barrels on the shelf that should cover your requirment for the game listed..
I have had them make me barrels and purchased their custom barrels off the shelf.. Real happy with that particular barrel maker!!
 

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I have an MGM in 6.5x55 swede and love it. 25". I forget the twist I got but it shoots 140 gr hornady interlocks sub MOA ! Killed a big Kansas white tail at 265 last year and all I saw threw the scope after recoil was his head bounce off the ground! Stone dead, didn't twitch.
 

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jkeene, We didn't mention that MGM stands for Match Grade Machine and their web site is at http://matchgrademachine.com/ . The E. A. Brown site is http://www.eabco.com/encore.html .

Mac, Actually caliber was mentioned in the thread so I was just trying to be of some help. The poster said "I am looking for a multi purpose elk, deer, bear caliber barrel but want to get a very accurate barrel." I was just presenting some 6.5MM options for him and indicated that some consider them light. Never said they were "ideal".
Thanks for posting those links.
 

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I've kind of settled on 280 AI. Now need to decide who to have it made by. Bellem, MGM or Brown...
 

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Next Question...

WHat is the difference in barrel blank make (other than price)?

The choices are standard, shilen or shilen select match.
 

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All three barrel makers you're down to really know their stuff. The guys at MGM are very easy to talk to and I understand the same is true for the other 2. Since you're looking at a custom barrel in a custom caliber, I'd call them and tell them what you're going to hunt and how you're going to hunt and get their recommendations for your particular caliber...then make your decision. In addition to discussing barrel design and length,they may also be able to give you some recommendations on a particular ammo combination for your barrel.
 
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