If I were going to buy a barrel to plink/play and get used to the Encore, I think I would go for the 22 long rifle chamber over the 22 magnum based just on the cost of ammo. One of the local biggie chain stores has a brick of 22s (500) right now for a couple of bucks more than a single box of mags.
That could cut the "cost" of the learning process real quick!
well lets start to break down your $901.00 for that 22
1) Barrel you can not do anything about
2) the forend If you are like most of us you will need more barrels so you divide the price by the barrels you get. it will drop every time you add a new barrel.
3) the conversion. since you can get the encore in almost any length barrel you want you may end up getting a rifle barrel too and then maybe a 22 mag or one of the new hot 17 hrm so the conversion is a n investment
4) Trigger job, first do you really need a trigger job is so the remember it will be the same for every other barrel you get so that would be an investment
5) good rings no matter what 22 you get you need a set of rings
6) weaver scope, any 22 you get will need a scope :grin:
7) the frame you will have to have a frame to do the trigger job and attach all your barrels so that to is an investment
8 ) then subtract all the joy and food it will provide you and your family
if you break down everything like this you will end up with a free gun. That is what I keep telling my wife.
I'll have to agree with Rickyp about a lot of what he said. But -OTOH- there's a few other things to consider. Custom barrels are nice, matter of fact, I have a couple of VVCG barrels and they are both more than satisfactory. You say the 22LR barrel is for some informal squirrel and sillywet shooting. For that I can't see much benefit for spending $310 on something you can match for accuracy with a used match 22 TC barrel.
If you do choose to pay that much for a 14" rimfire, you'd better plan on keeping it because you'll have a helluva time getting more than $200 on a resale. Even if you choose the VVCG barrel, you can choose a factory type forearm. The trigger job can be done for about $8. With minimal skills you can do it yourself with the addition of a different spring. I'll not say anymore about that.
The frame and the scope are either necessary are already bought and I guess the conversion kit is needed. So, you got:
$260 for the frame (could have gotten a used one for $175)
$160 for the scope (no comment)
$45 for the rimfire conversion
$150 for the barrel
$7 for a Weaver base
$20 for inexspensive rings (no need for pricey rings for a rimfire)
$8 new trigger spring
forearm- not necessary
trigger job- not necessary
Looks like $650. I saved you $260, you can send me half of that for the consulting fee
I have yet to see a factory rimfire encore barrel. I do know that if you want one you ahve to go custom, Custom is not all tht bad If you can stand the wait. I would reather have custom barrels that way I can get what i want or need not what someone thinks i need or want. **** look at ssk thye have almost any kind of barrel you could ever want. They even have one that looks like an old cannon! But i do agree If there is a factory barrel and it fits your wants / needs then save the money and buy the cactory [email protected]
I've alway thought a 32ACP or 25ACP barrel would be a better alternative for a "plinker" for the Encore. Would eliminate the need for a rimfire conversion.
And since I already load for a 32 Beretta Tomcat, and cast my own bullets, it would work for me.
yep, you guys are right, I haven't seen a 22LR in an Encore barrel either.
Personally, I'd have a hard time paying $300 for a 14" rimfire, but then I guess if that's what you want, go for it.
For the money $900. why don't you buy a contender in 22lr for practice and be done with it, alot cheaper and a second gun. It is simular in shape just smaller in size, can buy factory barrel and stocks, can later add pistol or carbine barrel. Ya the conversion works I have seen em both( to many angles and off sets for me ) decided to get an other contender and leave my Encore centerfire.
Another idea would be a factory Encore in 223 or hornet barrel , light recoil ammo is cheap and if you reload the price of components is cheaper. You can buy a lot of 223 or hornet ammo for the $600. difference. Find a $200. barrel and $100. scope. Also uses factory forearm. My 2 cents.
Yep I liked the idea of the 22lr encore but saved a little money and managed to get ahold of a S/S contender frame now the wife is going to have to put up with me getting barrels for both.... hehehehe contenderitis I love it she hates it...
I have a 10" VVCG 22 long rifle barrel. Shoots like a dream. If I were you, I would check with Steve at Virgin Valley and ask if they are planing one of their "Stubby" sales in the near future in which they offer remnant barrel blanks from previous projects, at a reduced price. You may luck out and they may have the right length and twist rate to fit your needs. That is how I got mine. I went with the heavy factory contour and drilled and tapped to fit the factory forend. The rimfire conversion is a piece of cake to install, and works great.
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