| The original TC Encore barrel hinge
pin rotates and drifts from side to side freely every time
you open and close the action. This creates a potential for
the lock-up to be slightly different with each shot. And,
anything that is different from one shot to the next can
change the point of impact. Our new Encore Accuracy Locker
Hinge Pin locks the position of the hinge pin so that
mechanical lock-up of the Encore action is exactly the same
from one shot to the next!
The Accuracy Locker Hinge Pin replaces your factory hinge pin with no modifications to your frame or barrel. It simply tightens into place so there is no rotation nor drifting from side to side. The new pin fits all standard and Pro Hunter Encore barrels. You may need to sand some clearance at the inside wings/ears of your forend. (1/32" per side - See Forend Accuracy Tips Below).
ORDER 017-0511 Encore Accuracy Locker Hinge Pin $39
A Little Hinge Pin
Tweaking accuracy at the barrel hinge pin goes back a few years. The first attempt I saw was a collet styled hinge pin to fit the original TC Contender. The pin was actually a collet that expanded to tighten in the hinge pin hole. As it tightened it became less cylindrical and gave a less consistent contact surface area.
More recently people have experimented with some success using oversized hinge pins. These can help but
|they will still rotate and drift side to
side. Where people will get into trouble with this is when
they hand ream the hinge pin holes on their barrel and frame
to make oversized pins work. Click Here to see our article on this.
A better approach has been needed. Cecil Epp of Pre-cision Rifle is the designer and manufacturer of the Locker-Pin you see pictured and described above... It is an idea whose time has come and it appears to be the best answer to tweaking accuracy at the barrel hinge pin of the Encore.
You've heard the term "Free-Floated" with respect to the way a barrel contacts a rifle stock. Well, with two-piece stocked rifles like the Encore (and our Model 97D) it works differently. The forend is separate from the buttstock and attaches directly to the barrel. It is the receiver or frame of the Encore that is free floated so as not to induce pressure into the barrel through the forend. The area to observe is the wings or ears of the forend that
|cover up the barrel hinge pin. If you
have rubbing or contact there, use sand paper to relieve any
contact. This forend modification will usually be necessary
when using our new Accuracy Locker Hinge Pin (1/32" per
Another area of consideration with the forend is detecting and removing high spots in the barrel channel. Imagine tightening the forend when there is a high spot in the barrel channel... such a condition will induce tension into the barrel. Again, sand paper will remove tension inducing high spots.