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#438803 - 10/09/07 07:08 PM Encore question.......... which one?
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I had an Encore, sold it for different reasons and now I am going to buy another one.
First reason I want one is the light weight to tote around sometimes when I am lazy.
Second reason is because they can be VERY accurate.
Third reason is because man told me he misses it and wishes I hadn't sold it.

He will be using it as much, if not more than I will be. The last one I had our favorite barrel was the .308 and it kicked less than his Remington Model 7 youth chambered in the .260 so he REALLY liked it.
Here is my question.

I can get an Encore in blued with wood chambered in the .243 for right at $500 tax and all.
I can get an Encore in blued with wood chambered in the .308 for almost $100 more.
The .243 is at one store and in stock.
The .308 has to be ordered from another store. They can get it in two days.

I am going to call the store that has the .243 and see what they can order me a .308 for. If it is the same price it is a no brainer, if it is higher then I have to choose.
I do know I will eventually own another .308 barrel. Do I go ahead and bite the bullet and buy it now by spending more, or just have the .243 and wait till later for the .308?
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#438823 - 10/09/07 07:15 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: RUGER]
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.308 buy once,cry once
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#438859 - 10/09/07 07:29 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: paincave_2000]
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I'd get the 308 so you can have 2 days to figure out what type of glass and hardware you are going to put on it.
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#438911 - 10/09/07 07:48 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: Model70Man]
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.308 for sure. Man will be able to hang with it the rest of his life and you won't have a .243 barrel hanging around collecting dust.
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#439212 - 10/09/07 08:57 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: BucknBass]
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If I had more of my guns up here, I have a mod 70 in 308 that
he could use, and use it as long as he wanted. It has been a
good one for me.

Most of mine are in safes in South Carolina. I did buy another
7MM mag Mark 11 stainless the other day.

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#439224 - 10/09/07 09:00 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: cdw338]
big 8's in Weakley county
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.243 in my opinion bought one for my graduation present to myself. The main reason i got it was if i had kids and they wanted to hunt they could start off with it but the more i shoot it i love it.

You should have kept the other encore lol

DId you check beside cheers in martin they had a wood stock encore for sale.
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#439426 - 10/09/07 10:16 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: big 8's in Weakley county]
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No I didn't big8's but I will tomorrow.
I actually know a guy that works for a man that owns like 20 pawn shops in Mississippi and he said since the encore has come out he has NEVER seen an encore in a pawn shop. He thinks people that can buy them have enough money to keep them.
I dunno but I am gonna check on it for sure.
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#439443 - 10/09/07 10:29 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: RUGER]
big 8's in Weakley county
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They have one there new it is in EC pawn the one right next to cheers. It has a wood stock and blue barrell dont no what caliber i know when rem270 was looking he said that he was the cheapest to order one from. It has been there most of the summer dont no if it is still there was last week tho lol
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#439455 - 10/09/07 10:40 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: paincave_2000]
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 Originally Posted By: paincave_2000
.308 buy once,cry once

Ditto unless Ruger has an itch for a 243.
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#439495 - 10/09/07 11:10 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: Tiny]
smstone22
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I like both those calibers alot. 308 has alot more bullet selection though.
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#440098 - 10/10/07 11:46 AM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: smstone22]
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I have an Encore with the 50 cal mz barrel and got the itch for a rifle barrel and heavily considered the .308 but since I have a 30-06 and small kids that might eventually need a gun I bought a .243 barrel earlier this year and can't wait to have her sling lead at a whitetail. Here she is with both barrels.

.50 caliber


.243
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#440167 - 10/10/07 12:24 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: RUGER]
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Just go ahead and get one of each
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#440358 - 10/10/07 02:24 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
Second reason is because they can be VERY accurate.


Best of luck to you.

I've had one with a .50 cal and a 7mm-08 barrel for several years and have just now found what I think is the secret - for me - to getting decent accuracy. I sent the gun off to get the headspace checked/adjusted and get the forend bedded. Between that and handloads with the right ammo, I think I'm on the right track.

Don't get me wrong, I think the Encore is one of the coolest, if not the coolest, guns going. I've just been really frustrated with mine many times - almost to the point of making a boat anchor - and would encourage you to keep at it until you're satisfied.

Again, good luck!
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#440631 - 10/10/07 04:56 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: Deer Elvis]
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308 0r 30alt06 no brainer.
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#441619 - 10/11/07 07:24 AM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: smstone22]
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308
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#444369 - 10/12/07 03:24 PM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: smstone22]
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308 no question.
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#445499 - 10/13/07 08:21 AM Re: Encore question.......... which one? [Re: CPerkins]
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Both are very good deer killers but for some reason Im just a .30 caliber fan so I would say get the .308
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