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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