Before you buy any thing go to( Dougs message boards) and learn something about smokeless muzzleloaders.A 1/38 twist is far from ideal for stabilization.I run an MGM 45/70 barrel converted with the arrowhead breach plug for an Encore..I shoot 40 caliber 250 grain Hornadys in a sabot into 1 inch groups at 200 yards using H4198.That aint gonna happen with a 1/38 twist.Mine is 1/18.How ever it is your money,but it would be nice to only have to spend it one time and be satisfied with what you bought.Huntz
I have done a lot of research. The barrel you referenced is for the H&R he sells. The standard encore barrel he sells comes in a 1-32 twist. He can also get different twists if I desired. I do have the intention of getting a faster twist in either a 1-28 or something a little faster. If you did research on the barrels from SMI like I have, there are plenty of people who are getting close to 1 inch groups out of there SMI barrels. I have researched posts back to 2005 to read reviews on this barrel. So I know what they will do. The only negative I have read has been in the last couple of years that people weren't as happy with the fit and finish. I am ok with that. I will have more money in the arrowhead conversion than if I were to do the SMI barrel. Get the barrel, send to arrowhead for conversion, shipping both ways, 3 piece ram rod, sizing die etc.
I am aware that the arrowhead conversion in a faster twist, 45/70 caliber conversion will probably shoot better, but I have no intention to shoot benchrest with a muzzleloader. If that is what you are into great. I just want something that will kill a deer and the SMI will fit the bill. Also, I want the SMI barrel as my brother-in-law has one for his h&r. We shoot together, and hunt together. I would like to have the same animal as he does so we can work up loads together.
I appreciate the suggestion but in the end, I have done a ton of research for several weeks. I am on this board, dougs board, modern muzzleloader, hanks message board, checking daily for new information on the barrel I want. There have been a lot of SMI barrels sold since 1984, I just assumed there would be people trying to get rid of one. There are several people I have contacted about selling there barrels after they gave a not so great review, and magically they still use it and don't want to sell it. So I will continue my quest to get an SMI 50 cal barrel. If I shoot at a deer and shoot a half inch away from where I aimed in the kill zone, still a dead deer.