Thx, it is a good idea. He is kind of like me on the Encore though. When I get mine in .22-250 set up and driving tacks, I don't like to take the barrel off. It DOES affect the zero, and not always by a little. His .25-06 is a tack driver and he said he would just rather get a whole new rifle than mess with barrel swapping it. Besides, as a retirement gift at a party a barrel isnt as cool as a good bolt gun. I have considered Ruger No.1s too, but they are pretty pricey.If you want a 300 Mag barrel for the Encore (which would be the cheapest way to go) try this http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&tab=wf&q=300%20win%20mag%20encore%20barrel.