Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
You guys are a bad influence and question #208709 10/27/2020 12:57 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 26
Squints08 Offline OP
newbie
OP Offline
newbie
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 26
So in a matter of weeks I?ve assembled the following:
Stainless Contender G2 pistol frame
223 TC barrel and scope
30-30 TC barrel and scope
300 Blackout 12 inch SSK barrel and scope
I ordered an MGM 14 inch 44 magnum barrel (scope tbd)

Here?s my question. I also have a stainless Encore pistol frame and am curious if I should order a 308 Winchester or 243 Winchester barrel. Not for hunting purposes, just plain fun plinking and enjoyment. How?s the recoil on the 308? Thoughts and opinions are more than welcome.

Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: Squints08] #208710 10/27/2020 1:10 AM
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,430
H2OBUG Offline
Pooh-Bah
Offline
Pooh-Bah
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,430
My favorite encore round was the 356 Winchester.
Second in line was the 257 Roberts.

I did have a 308 full bull barrel as well as a 14 twist 243 win that started life as a 6 PPC

Both were fun to shoot the 243 shot 55 gr bullets very well and would detonate a cantaloupe at 350 yards.

If I had to choose one it we 356 Win


If it jams force it! If it breaks it needed replacing anyway.
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: H2OBUG] #208712 10/27/2020 1:43 AM
Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 1,821
45MAN Offline
Pooh-Bah
Offline
Pooh-Bah
Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 1,821
SQUINTS: I GOT THE PERFECT FUN ENCORE BARREL FOR YOU, A BLUE TC CUSTOM SHOP, 15 INCH, 7MM TCU BARREL. I HAVE A BUNCH OF FIREFORMED BRASS AND LOADING DIES. PRETTY SURE THE BARREL HAS A SCOPE MOUNT ON IT. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PM ME.


"ADAPT OR DIE". I USE ALL CAPS, NOT BECAUSE I AM YELLING, BUT BECAUSE IT IS AN OLD HABIT FROM MY ARMY DAYS, PLUS IT IS EASIER TO TYPE AND READ.
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: 45MAN] #208713 10/27/2020 2:51 AM
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 830
karl Offline
old hand
Offline
old hand
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 830
so much for easing into the addiction.
welcome to the club.
between 308 and 243, I would go with the 243 based on the following reasoning.

I have a 15" factory 25-05 that I am shooting 100gn hand loads out of. haven't checked velocities yet, but they were respectable out of my rifle. It's fun to shoot with mild muzzle jump, I would say I could shoot all day but i haven't had it that long or put that many rounds down range. I have a 308 savage striker that has a much sharper recoil and a good bit of wrist twist that is a lot heavier that I don't really enjoy shooting that much so i haven't taken it out to hunt with yet.

Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: karl] #208715 10/27/2020 4:57 AM
Joined: Sep 2016
Posts: 543
ruger4570 Offline
addict
Offline
addict
Joined: Sep 2016
Posts: 543
I have a 15" 243 Encore barrel with a 4x swift scope that I will make you a really good deal on. Send me a message if interested.

Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: ruger4570] #208716 10/27/2020 5:10 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,088
Bob Roach Offline
old hand
Offline
old hand
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,088
If you handload I would make that 308 a 307 Winchester for the rimed case.
If a non-reloader 243, 260, 7-08, or 308 would all work fine. I would have a Four Gill Muzzle Brake installed on any of the Encore barrels larger than 223. The muzzle brake makes them a lot more fun to shoot.

Bob R

Last edited by Bob Roach; 10/27/2020 5:12 AM.

See You At The Range
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: Bob Roach] #208718 10/27/2020 10:17 AM
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 2,209
REDHAWK1954 Offline
Pooh-Bah
Offline
Pooh-Bah
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 2,209
In a Encore I would split the difference between the 308 and 243 and go with a 6.5 Creedmoor. Ammo is easier to find than 260 and performance is close.


Michael Joe Moore
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: REDHAWK1954] #208719 10/27/2020 10:48 AM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,508
Ernie Offline
Distinguished Master
Offline
Distinguished Master
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,508
Way to get started. I would look at a 6 mm or 6.5 caliber, for your other barrel. If you want to be able to shoot the heavier bullets in 6mm, you might consider either a MGM 243 Winchester with an eight twist, or a six Creedmoor, which will probably have a one and 8 twist. 6.5 Creedmoor will probably have a 8 twist as well. This will have a lot less recoil than 308 Winchester, and will be fun to shoot.
Another great little cartridge and 6mm is the 6mm BR. If you don?t reload, you might wanna forget that option


Ernie the Un-Tactical
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: Ernie] #208720 10/27/2020 11:31 AM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,508
Ernie Offline
Distinguished Master
Offline
Distinguished Master
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,508
BTW, you can also hunt with each of the cartridges I listed.


Ernie the Un-Tactical
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: Squints08] #208724 10/27/2020 12:06 PM
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 329
Mech 8 Offline
enthusiast
Offline
enthusiast
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 329
Based on your list of items, I'd say you got it bad. And it will only get worse! Of the two Encore cartridges you mention, I would go with the 243 Win. If hunting were your primary goal I would go with the 308 Win. Not that you can't kill animals with the 243, I just think it would be a better choice.

Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: Ernie] #208725 10/27/2020 12:16 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,202
KYODE Online Content
Shooting Expert
Online Content
Shooting Expert
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,202
I agree with Ernie 100%


Kentucky….no place like home.
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: KYODE] #208749 10/28/2020 4:51 PM
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 133
RH Custom Guns Offline
member
Offline
member
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 133
I've been going through some gun acquisitions myself lately - gotta love this life! There are obviously a lot of good options out there but between the two you listed,I would go with the .243 for plinking. Also, do what Bob said and get a brake on it. Not that the recoil without will kill you, it's just so much more fun with one.

Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: RH Custom Guns] #208753 10/29/2020 1:35 AM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 4,669
Chance Weldon Offline
Distinguished Expert
Offline
Distinguished Expert
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 4,669
I had a 243 barrel once. It was fairly pleasant to shoot even without a brake and plenty accurate with lighter bullets. Probably would have made a great coyote gun if I hadn't sold it.


Formerly TN Lone Wolf

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." - J.K. Rowling
Re: You guys are a bad influence and question [Re: Squints08] #208820 11/01/2020 8:57 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 285
WyoJoe Offline
enthusiast
Offline
enthusiast
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 285
 Originally Posted By: Squints08
Here?s my question. I also have a stainless Encore pistol frame and am curious if I should order a 308 Winchester or 243 Winchester barrel. Not for hunting purposes, just plain fun plinking and enjoyment. How?s the recoil on the 308? Thoughts and opinions are more than welcome.


I shoot the Encore with a .30-06 barrel. The recoil will wake you up but it is still manageable. Why not go for both? One to hunt deer & up with and one for varmints. If you get the .308 you might want to look at handloads with the Barnes 130 gr. TSX. That is what I am running and it helps the recoil quite a bit.


There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular -- but one must ask, "Is it right?"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Moderated by  Chance Weldon, Gary, Gregg Richter 

Newest Members
Redhawk41, Striker243, Sxviper, RobbieD, IRONMAN
9668 Registered Users
Top Posters(30 Days)
H2OBUG 5
karl 5
COR 3
Ernie 3
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 13 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3