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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2016, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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OK, so the T/C handgun forum seems to have disappeared, so I guess this is as good of place as any to ask this. I have an Encore pistol and am strongly considering one of the JDJ calibers based on the 30-06 case. I would be using it for anything from deer to Elk. Does anyone have any experience with these? What are your thoughts?

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For the Contender, JDJ wildcats fill a niche and could be a good choice.

In the Encore, I would go with the more mainstream wildcats as more options exist: more chamberings; reloading data is more plentiful; dies are more plentiful (both new & used); and the number of users to bounce off of.

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Had a lot of experience with Contender in 6.5 and .309JDJ's and would highly recommend them to any serious handgun hunter. Only let them go because my aging and arthritic hands limit my handgun hunting to almost nil. But, i would tend to agree with the above post, the Encore comes with the power needed and doesn't really need JD's help. Also, I much prefer the Contender to Encore in handgun platform...love it as a rifle, but it's cumbersome as a handgun compared to my Contenders.
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Traditional JDJ parent cases were .444 marlin and .225 Winchester. I see J.D. has some newer ones using the 30-06.
I haven't graduated to the Encore yet, but I've exhausted the available options with the contender.
Consider Bellm's chamberings:https://www.bellmtcs.com/bellm/barrels
I've found similar performance from Mike's designs as to JDJ's without the need for proprietary dies.
The 375 JDJ seems to be everyone's favorite... so it's more available on the used market.
I'd look also at:https://www.bellmtcs.com/bellm/barrels. His triad is a beefy bunch, consisting of 7mm Bellm, 308 Bellm and 358 Bellm.
I stumbled upon a 358 Alpo (358x444IMP) that uses shortened 35 Whelen Imp. dies. Definitely a bear!
I appreciate a lighter recoil so the 7mm Bellm is my favorite.
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I don't have a JDJ but I took a Douglas top of there line rifle barrel and had MGM cut it down to 17" and chamber it for the 30-06 Ackley Improved for the Encore. It's a dynamite shooter And the recoil isn't bad at all I have a JB brake on it. I have shot 1" groups at 100 yards of course off a good rest

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having had several TCE barrels I would recommend only getting a rimed cartridge . JDJ has had several different ones . there just a bit easer to deal with in a brake open gun
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+1 on rimmed cartridges.
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7mm Bellm, 308 Bellm and 358 Bellm
All of Bellm's triad are derived from the 444 Marlin.

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TC handgun forum hasn't gone anywhere, it's right where it's always been:

https://www.go2gbo.com/forums/36-tho...d-eds-tcs.html

I've owned the .257 JDJ, 7mm JDJ #2 and .358 JDJ. All have a place but I would agree that if using the Encore rather than Contender platform I'd go with a standard not a wild cat round. I'd recommend the .35 Whelen personally.



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I know some one with a 375 jdj for sale 24" SS NIB
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