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#459951 - 10/21/07 07:41 PM Encore ?
TN RDG RNR
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Shot my encore today for the first time. Was a little disapppointed in the accuracy. I am shooting 120gr. of tripple se7en with a 200gr. 50cal sabot shockwave by TC.

@ 80 yards

Should I change the powder load to 150gr. could my bullet be too light? My knowledge of muzzle loading is VERY limited so any help / suggestions would be appreciated.
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#460013 - 10/21/07 08:20 PM Re: Encore ? [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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Try heavier bullet 250 then 300 gr and reduce you powder load to 90 and work up. My load is 250 shockwave and an est. of 105 gr of T7 3f loose.
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#460600 - 10/22/07 08:08 AM Re: Encore ? [Re: Encore Eye Candy]
muddyboots
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Yep drop you powder to 90 or 100 grains and heavier bullets.
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#460610 - 10/22/07 08:18 AM Re: Encore ? [Re: muddyboots]
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Good luck. I never was satisfied with my encore muzzleloader accuracy.
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#460633 - 10/22/07 08:41 AM Re: Encore ? [Re: RUGER]
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Try a little less powder and heavier bullet. I started out with 150 GR. of 777 in my Encore, and couldnt hit anything. Now I am shooting 100 GR. of 777 with a 245GR powerbelt.
A buddy of mine is using this same recipe and it seems to work in his Encore also.
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#460988 - 10/22/07 01:33 PM Re: Encore ? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
big jim
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Funny, a friend had the same experience with the 200gr shockwaves. I don't know if the bullets are long enough with the 1:28 twist to properly stablelize. I'd recommend trying 250 or 300 gr and see what happens. My TC shoots 250's gr great. Others have good results with 300gr.
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#461018 - 10/22/07 01:56 PM Re: Encore ? [Re: big jim]
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Would love for you to try to shot my Encore for an accurate ML.
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#461163 - 10/22/07 03:43 PM Re: Encore ? [Re: Encore Eye Candy]
tndeer101
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I'm shooting Barnes 290 gr TMZ with 100 gr FFg 777 loose powder and it shoots great. Also, I had good luck with 300 gr Shockwaves and the same powder load. I'll be shooting the Barnes on my Iowa trip in Dec.
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#461282 - 10/22/07 04:42 PM Re: Encore ? [Re: tndeer101]
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i shoot 100 grains 777 powder and the 250 grain shockwaves .
very accurate in my encore.
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#462188 - 10/22/07 10:46 PM Re: Encore ? [Re: SAWDUST]
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Try 110 grains of 777 and a 250 grain Barnes TMZ.
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#468058 - 10/26/07 09:20 AM Re: Encore ? [Re: Model70Man]
muzzymangler
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Some of the accuracy problems could stem from movement in the pin that holds the barrel and action together. I bought a pin that is held in place by a washer and allen head screw and it makes a world of difference. This is not an oversized pin, but a modified version of the TC factory pin. T/C's comment was "The factory pin gets satisfactory accuracy for us, but for pinpoint accuracy I can't tell you not to use the pin that doesn't move"
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#468265 - 10/26/07 11:37 AM Re: Encore ? [Re: muzzymangler]
megalomaniac
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My original encore wouldn't shoot the 250 grainers worth a poot. Never tried the 200 grainers, but when I loaded up some of the 300 grainers, presto, 1 1/2" groups at 100 yards.

With my new prohunter, I started with the same load I used in my old encore. 300gr XTP's over 120gr loose 777. 1 1/4" groups at 100 yards.

Bottom line, give the 300 grainers a try before you give up on the barrel.

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#469678 - 10/27/07 07:09 AM Re: Encore ? [Re: Model70Man]
BowGuy84
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As far as accuracy, I have had great luck with 110 grains of loose 777 and a 250 grain powerbelt.
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