Not disagreeing with your assessment of benchrest options but the OP asked about shooting 400-450 yds in a hunting situation not in 1000 yd competition shooting. I don't shoot 1000 yd competition but I do shoot occasionally to 450 yds while hunting. I have no doubt that a custom-built benchrest match rifle would outshoot a standard Encore at very long range. That's what they are designed to do. But my Encore will shoot to 400-450 yds as accurately as my bolt action hunting rifles in the same caliber with a good barrel and bullet/powder combination. Trigger adjustments, if needed on the factory frame, are an easy fix for a gunsmith and, in fact, some guys do it themselves with spring replacement kits. Forends are available with a hanger bar system which floats the barrel or I believe you can pillar-bed the forend if needed. Encores are so very easy to carry and manuever in a hunting situation as well. So IMHO the answer to the OP's question as stated is yes if you are comparing factory hunting rifles to factory hunting rifles.gruvco2 said:if encores were as accurate as bolt action rifles, then all the people shooting 1000 yard competition would use them instead of spending thousands on a custom bolt action. don't kid yourself, there is a big difference between the two. the encore triggers are a big issue and the barrel not being able to be free floated is another. remember the rifle you are shooting is only a part of a system which includes shooters ability, ammo quality, optics, weather,and etc. if you want to consistantly shoot long range, go to a benchrest match and talk to the shooters. and for anyone here who doesn't agree with what I am saying, take your encore and go shoot a bench rest match before saying anything more.