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    Default need input on a new barrel for my TC Encore

    I just got done reading the “my next gun” thread and it waspretty good. I am going to ask a very similar question…
    I want another MGM barrel for my TC encore, im not sure if Iwant a 338wm or something else… I have been thinking of the 338-06 but I cantfind much info that convinces me of its greatness. Like it was mentioned in theother thread, I like my guns to be different, that’s why I just bought a 30-06M70 and had it re-barreled as a 280Rem, the 30-06 is too common. It’s the samereason I bought a 338WM 20 years ago and everyone was buying 30-06’s (I wasliving in NY at the time and 338’s were very rare). I have a 6.5 Grendel for myTC and my AR, but I will most likely re-chamber the TC to a 260Rem. I also havethe 450BM for my AR.

    Anyway, pros and cons of the 338-06 please. I have a 375 HHTC, I will have a 338 Federal when I get back from Afghanistan (going torebarrel an old Win 670 243), 338WM Ruger M77 mk2, and the 280Rem Win M70. Theyare the rifles that I have in the same area as the 338-06. If there is anotherround that you have in mind id love to hear it.
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    I'm fond of the 358 Norma. It's different enough to rarely see one in the field and has impressive ballistics. You can load mild to wild with bullets ranging from 110gr pistol bullets to 300gr solids.

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    Depends a whole lot on how you plan to use it. Looking at your spread, why not go smaller? Among the small cals the 250-3000 is one of my favorites, and I'm yet to see one in an Encore.

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    .405 Win, .450 Marlin or .45-70. I have an Encore with a .450 Marlin 18" Katadin barrel and it is quite and event when you shoot it with a hot 425 gr load. Get a Limbsaver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    Depends a whole lot on how you plan to use it. Looking at your spread, why not go smaller? Among the small cals the 250-3000 is one of my favorites, and I'm yet to see one in an Encore.
    well i figured that with the 6.5 grendel, the 260 Rem, 223, 7.62x39, 30-30, 308 i had the mid to low end covered (maybe not all in a TC but i dont really want to double up too much, i dont mind it for some cals). I have also been looking at the 204 for my ar15, that would really make the low end complete.
    I was going to do the 338WM again, i like the round but then i started to look at the 338-06 and kinda liked the idea of a lighter recoil 338 but to me it looks like the 338 federal is pretty much hot on its heals... and if thats the case there is no point in getting it when i will have the Win 670 in 338fed.
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    Here's what I'm doing with my Encore: 25-05, .270, 30.06, 330-06.

    Some common cartridges but I love the theme!

    Incidentally, in bolt action rifles I have or am in the process of acquiring: .234, .260, 7MM-08, .308, and .338 Federal.

    So, I say go with the .338-06 and have a theme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    Depends a whole lot on how you plan to use it. Looking at your spread, why not go smaller? Among the small cals the 250-3000 is one of my favorites, and I'm yet to see one in an Encore.
    I agree on the .250-3000. I have a .250 Sav AI in a 20" contender barrel. i LOVE that thing. I have a weekness for the quarter bores so I would look at the .250 or probalby a .257 Roberts or Weatherby. I would check to see which ones behave better in the break open action, as some don't seem to do as well. My goto guy on that stuff is Mike Bellm, but David White is a heck of a guy too.

    MGM has mad a name for themselves, I'm sure whatever you get will be great. Can't wait to read about it.

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    Just bought a .35 Whelen, 24" SS for mine.

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    i do like the idea of a theme, i really like the 6.5's and 338's, also all my barrels are from MGM and they all have 8 sides... ever since i was a kid i loved the Octogon barrels. My first barrel from MGM i wasnt clear enough on what i wanted so i ended up with a heavy barrel... very accurate but kinda heavy.
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    Another vote for the .405 Winchester, or possibly the .444 Marlin. Both have excellent "up close" stopping power, yet can be loaded down with cast lead bullets for practice or smaller game.

    Rimmed cartridges are an excellent solution to the nagging headspace problems associated with the Encore platform.

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    thanks for all the input guys, the more i find on the 338-06 the more i like it.
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    I really like the .338-06 too. I want one in a bolt though. :-)

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    I am not sure if you are looking for Encore rifle or handgun barrels, I have a 338 JDJ, 375 JDJ, 454 and 45-70 in encore handguns, 375 JDJ and 45-70 rifle barrels. Any of these calibers will do what you want, me I prefer the 375 JDJ. JMHO

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