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Downloaded 7mm-08 or 308 for Encore pistol?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Richard.Howe, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Richard.Howe

    Richard.Howe Well-Known Member

    I've been looking and looking for a good used 7mm BR barrel for my Encore...without much success. I've concluded that this is my pick for a medium-recoil deer round this fall.

    If the 7BR search doesn't pan out, there are jillions of used 7mm-08 and 308 barrels out there for sale. Question is, can either/both of these rounds be downloaded accurately? Anybody with experience shooting these out of a 15" barrel Encore?

    My experience downloading has not been particularly successful, due I believe in part to the fact that reduced charges have powder orientation dependence...

  2. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    I can't address your particular problem, but I have very successfully downloaded a 30-06 to 30-30 levels. Recoil (in a rifle) was very light and accuracy was absolutely unreal. (I used IMR 4895)

    I see no reason why a .308 could not be downloaded to 30-30 level in an Encore quite well. Since I deer hunt with a 30-30 Contender, it would seem to be almost ideal.

    Good luck as I think you have a fun project!

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