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Old 03-04-2012, 09:00 AM
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Fixing loose forends on an Encore 375JDJ

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Stratton Custom T/C Accesories make a rail which fits below the T/C Encore and Contender barrels and is supposed to aid accuracy and the problem of getting the forend tension constant. I have never noticed any problems with accuracy, but I do have a problem with my 375JDJ barrel in that the rear pin keeps coming loose and has torn out. I even had a gunsmith silver solder the quick release item on , but it ripped that loose as well. I have re tapped the fixing hole to a larger threadsize, but that is still working loose after a dozen shots. Do any of you know of a way to solve the problem or will that Stratton rail solve the problem? I just love the 375JDJ, it feels like a 'proper' gun when you fire it and furry items fall over rapidly. I have been shooting 52grns of Varget under the Hornady 270 SP and it seems to get the job done. However as always I am a sponge for anyones opinions.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:38 AM
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My .375 JDJ is a re-chambered Ruger #3 that was originally a .375 Winchester. Work done by JDJ himself. My load is the 225 grain Hornady .375 spire point and 54 grains of H4895 for about 2400 ft/sec. I have not had any problems with anything shooting loose so far. I used Weaver bases, Warne rings and a Leupold MkIII 1.5x5 scope. I installed a Ruger #1 butt stock and fore arm on it and man does it look right.

The best set up I have seen for the fore arm on Encores and Contenders is the one that Bullberry Barrels uses. It eliminates barrel contact with the fore arm. Very sturdy set up.

Dave (Bubba) Thornblom
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:48 AM
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I have now made contact with Steve Stratton and he is coming up with a price for a couple of his hangers and a modified forend to ship to the UK. It will take a while as he has an eight week waiting list for the forends. I have not seen the Bullberry ones, but thanks for the pointer, I will have a look. I have had no problems with scope bases movement etc. Just the rear forend screw and then the quick release stub even broke loose after silver soldering. I do not normally hold the forend so firmly, but as you fully appreciate with the 375JDJ you need to take control, so my grip on the forend is that much more firm. Strange that the front screw doesn't cause a problem. I have a 16 1/2 inch barrel out of Fox Ridge Custom department and it shoots or would shoot sub moa if it didn't make such large holes anyway!
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