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Anyone had any experiance with one of these?? I have been wanting to add it to my encore collection.. The specs on these suckers are sweet. A 357mag will sling a 125gr gold dot 1400fps making 500ft/lbs. The maximum will sling it 2400 fps making 1600ft/lbs(more than a 44mag,454, and some 460's and 500's. The cases are .315 longer. I have heard of people getting 2 inch groups at 200 yards with MGM barrels
 

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Don't have any experience with it but i'd think it would be a sweet shooter. Wouldn't be a bad little deer rifle either.
 

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We used to shoot boxes of computer paper and then open it up to see the wound channel. A .45 230 fmj went through it but nothing else. Guy came out with an encore 357 max (bullet was about the size of a .410, little slimmer). He was shooting hollow points and put one right through a box. Only hollow point to go all the way through. Huge wound channel.
 

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I gun shop near here had an Encore pistol in this caliber. I was tempted but never really had the money or something to trade.
 

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the supermags family has always struck my fancy i had a 445 in a DW but traded it for that 629
 

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Beladran said:
the supermags family has always struck my fancy i had a 445 in a DW but traded it for that 629
i want a 445 Dan Wesson so bad i can almost taste it! if i ever find one less than 1000, i may have to figure out a way to get it!!
 

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It will shoot .357 mags also, won't it?
If I'm not mistaken, the .357 max will also shoot the .357 mags and .38 specials..... :gun2:
i do believe you are correct sir!

like the 445 will shoot 44 mag and special

and from what i understand, a 460 roland (at least the dan wesson i saw on auction arms not long ago will shoot 45acp, 45LC, 454 cassull, and one other one, as well as the 460 roland. now THATS versatile!!
 

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I have a 16 1/4 SS Contender barrel (1-14 twist) ordered from MGM. Should be here mid July and I will use for deer hunting. Right now MGM has a 8 week waiting period. This length barrel I can us as a rifle or pistol. Tried the 38-55 in a H&R and a 45-70 in a Contender and wasn't really what I wanted. So to answer your question, no experience, but will have starting when I get it here. From all the research I did this should be a keeper. Already have everything to start loading my ammo. I will be shooting Hornady 180 XTP or 180 SSP bullets for deer. Here's some good info.>>> http://357maximum.com/
I'll let you know how it shoots.
 

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Using it as a rifle, you'll also be able to use it during "primitive weapons" season, being it's a .35 or larger caliber...Good Luck!
 

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How much did that MGM barrel set you back? SSK has been my barrel maker for my encore forever. I love them to death but that $650-750 price tag gets a little expensive. My primitive weapon bullet is a 375jdj made by them, the 357max should have way less drop and maybe not do as much meat damage.. I want reports when you get it!
 

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The barrel was $395.00. I think you would be well satisfied with the MGM barrels. I have 2 other barrels (204 Ruger & 223) from them and they're great shooters. I also have 3 SSK barrels, a 14" 6mmJDJ, 20" 6.5JDJ and 14" 358JDJ. Like you said the SSK's are pricey which I bought all mine used. Probably will sell the 358JDJ this fall if I like the Max.

Here's MGM web site>> http://www.matchgrademachine.com/gunshop/

Where you located??
 

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dang it i bet your jdj barrels are for your contender and not a encore else i might have to buy them off you. I am in mccomb
 

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All my SSK barrels are for the Contender which I like better than the Encore. I'm down to 1 Encore frame and 2 or 3 barrels.
 

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Well maybe not better but I like Contenders better. The older I get the more recoil sensitive I get!! LOL, Done had all the heavy kickers!! Killed my first handgun deer last winter with my 6mmJDJ 14" barrel. I like a challenge!! and handgun hunting is addictive.

I have the following Encore Barrels, a Virgin Valley 24" 223, 24" TC Custom Shop 260 Rem , TC 24" 243 and a SS 50cal. MZ.
 
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