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I was looking at both of these guns for a groundhog/target rifle. I saw things that I liked about both of them. I was wondering if the accuracy of the Encore could stand up to that of the Savage. If it can then the only downfall of the Encore I can see is that it is a single shot. Let me know your opinions of a comparison of these rifles. Thanks.
 

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I have 6.5 x 55 and 7mm08 barrels for my encore. I don't have a Savage but do have Remington, Tikka, Kimber, Swedish Mauser, and Swiss bolt guns. The Encore is not as accurate as the other rifles. The 7mm08 is a heavy stainless barrel from the TC custom shop. I have used washers under the forearm, crowned the barrel, swapped stocks and scopes but the best I can do with either barrel is about 1 inch. And I have tried all sorts of bullets and powders in my reloads as well as several types of factory ammo. I don't think it has any effect on accuracy but my Encore hits the primer off center - more so than any other rifle I have. I would recommend the Savage even though I don't have one. I will probably keep the Encore because of the ML barrel which shoots about 2.5 inches but is a dream to clean. I looked at one of the Savage pkg guns in .243, with the accutrigger today. It is $419 at the Bass Pro in Memphis. I'm not easy but I can be temped. Good luck,
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No need to reload fast when varmint hunting, unless you run into a rabid vampire chipmunk. :D

The Encore is a great gun. I have one in 22-250, it is very accurate.
 

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I have mine in the 50 cal ML and a 204, love them both. The 204 will now hit primers at 100 yards. Not every time mind you, but close damn enough. I think the Encore is a very impressive piece of iron. And its easier to tell the wife that I'm going to just buy a barrel instead of the whole gun. Even though the glass costs 2x the barrel.
 
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