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Thompson Center Custom Shop (aka Fox Ridge Outfitters) is Gone!

No Worries! EABCO will Fill the Void with Custom Encore and Contender Accuracy Barrels

  As part of it's move into the S&W factory production system, Thompson Center Arms has closed its Fox Ridge Outfitters TC Custom Shop and retail store. It's not such a big deal as we see it here at E. Arthur Brown Company. But since we took orders for and sold so many of the TC Custom Shop produced barrels, I expect quite a number of customers to be disappointed and wonder where they'll go to get custom chambers, contours, lengths, and finishes.
  Custom Chambers, Contours, Lengths, Finishes, and Twists... From EABCO - Thank you so much for making our Custom TC Encore and Contender Accuracy Barrels such a huge success. These are premium, high precision rifle barrels... Designed  and produced for the highest accuracy potential and available in Made-to-Order as well as standard configurations. If you liked TC Custom Shop barrels, you will LOVE our EABCO Encore and Contender Accuracy Barrels...
  Contender and G2 Contender Customers - We now offer Custom Made as well as Standard Accuracy Barrels that fit your gun. The first two Standard models are 6mm BRM and 6.5mm BRM. These are cartridges that give big game hunting performance to small frame rifles like the G2 and Contender - Thank You for Your Consideration, Eben Brown
Thompson Center Arms Accuracy BarrelsT/C Encore Custom Shop

The EABCO "Custom Shop"...

  We've been making custom Accuracy Barrels for the Encore, 97D, and Savage for years and have recently added Contender Barrels. Please note our other custom services below...
TC Contender G2 Custom Accuracy Barrels
T/C Contender Custom Shop
TC Custom Shop Scope Mounts
Custom Scope Mounts
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Custom Muzzle Brakes
TC Encore Frames and Receivers
Custom Action and Trigger Job
TC Custom Shop Gun Stocks
Custom Gun Stocks
Custom Encore Barrels
EABCO Accuracy Barrels
TC Custom Shop Package DealsTC Custom Shop Scope Mounts
Package Deals

Custom Shop TC Encore Barrels by EABCO...

Made-to-Order Accuracy Barrels from the EABCO Custom Encore Barrel Shop

You choose the length, chamber, contour/taper, finish, and even the rifling twist (if you have a preference)...
Current estimated delivery is 6-12 Months, Order links and prices below: Package Deals Click Here!

9-26" Standard Taper:

ORDER 122-14 Factory Blue $375
ORDER 122-15 Matte Blue $400
ORDER 122-16 Satin Stnls $435

9-26" Heavy Taper:

ORDER 122-24 Factory Blue $375
ORDER 122-25 Matte Blue $400
ORDER 122-26 Satin Stnls $435

Easy On-Line Ordering - Click 

To Begin

Tapers: Standard taper matches factory 24" contour. Heavy taper matches factory 26" and Pro Hunter contour.
Bull Barrel contour has almost no taper and is a about a full inch in diameter.  For Special Forends... Click Here.
Lengths: We make Encore pistol barrels from 9-15" long and rifle barrels from 17-26" long. Nothing in between.
Twist Rates: Standard EABCO rifling twist rate unless otherwise specified. Available twist rates are listed below.
Estimated Delivery: Approximately 6-12 Months. "Custom" can have unpredictable delays... This is a best estimate.

Made-to-Order Encore Accuracy Barrels

Give Your Encore the Best Barrel for Accurate Shooting!

Also Available: Ready Made
Accuracy Barrels - Click Here!

17 HM2 (Rimfire)
17 HMR (Rimfire)
17 Ackley Hornet
17 Bumble Bee
17 Hee Bee
17 Fireball  New!  
17 Mach IV
17 Remington
20 Tactical
204 Ruger
22 LR Match (Rimfire)
22 WMR (Rimfire)
22 Hornet
22 K Hornet
218 Bee
218 Mashburn Bee
221 Rem. Fireball
222 Remington
223 Remington
223 Rem Ackley Imp.
22 PPC EABCO
219 Donaldson Wasp
224 BR Mag (BRM)
225 Winchester
22-250 Remington
22-250 Ackley Imp.
6mm PPC EABCO
6mm Donaldson Wasp
6mm BR Norma
6mm BR Mag (BRM)
243 Winchester
243 Win. Ackley Imp.
25-20 Winchester
25-35 Winchester
25-35 Win Ackley Imp.
257 Roberts
257 Rbrts Ackley Imp.
6.5mm BR Mag (BRM)
6.5 X 55 Swedish Mauser
260 Remington
6.5 x 47 Lapua
6.5 X 284 Norma
6.8 (.270) Rem. SPC
270 Winchester
7mm TCU
7mm US (Ult. Silhte)
7mm BR
7-30 Waters
7mm BR Mag (BRM)
7-08 Remington
7-08 Rem Ackley Imp.
280 Remington
30-20 Match Silhouette
300/221 Remington
300/221 Rimmed
30 Herrett
30-30 Winchester
30-30 Win Ackley Imp.
300 BR Mag (BRM)
308 Winchester
308 Win Ackley Imp.
30-40 Krag Match
30-40 Krag (30 US)
30-40 Ackley Imp.
30-06 Match
30-06 Ackley Imp.
338-06 Ackley Imp.
35 Remington

Custom TC Encore with Accuracy BarrelEncore Custom Barrel Accuracy
Above: Customized EABCO Encore and 1/4" 7-08 Group shot at 100 yds by Keith Hudspeth

Why We Offer "Accuracy" Barrels...

  There are three reasons why customers come to us for a custom Encore barrel: The first two are either to get a different chambering or barrel length than what's offered by the TC factory.  
  But the THIRD REASON is to achieve a better potential for accuracy than mass production factory barrels... And, this is why we make our own EABCO "Accuracy" Barrels. Its not magic... just extra attention to the details that result in superior accuracy...
  Precision Barrel Blanks - An EABCO barrel blank is precision gun drilled from the best Chromoly and Stainless steel alloys. Bore dimensions are reamed consistent to airgauge within .0002" (2/10,000ths) of proper bore dimension. These are then Two-Pass button rifled in the various twist rates we offer to suit particular accuracy requirements.
  One at Time Barrel Making - True, center-to-center barrel turning at a rate that minimizes stress while keeping the bore in the middle. True, center-to-center chamber reaming insures centering and linear alignment of the chamber with the bore. Each chamber's headspace is checked and confirmed with gauges. True, center-to-center 11° target crown, applied after finishing, insures that bullets exit the barrel with perfectly even gas pressure.
  Chambers with Accuracy Potential - Cartridges that work well within the TC Encore's capability to handle pressure, bolt thrust, and extraction. It stands to reason that cartridges which operate on the outer edge of a gun's capability will have less accuracy potential than cartridges that operate closer to the gun's sweet spot. The TC Encore has superb potential for accuracy with the cartridges we chamber. We don't do any heavy magnums.
Prices - Lengths Up to 26", Estimated 6-12 Month Delivery Time

9-26" Standard Taper:

ORDER 122-14 Fctry Blue $375
ORDER 122-15 Matte Blue $400
ORDER 122-16 Satin Stnls $435

9-26" Heavy Taper:

ORDER 122-24 Fctry Blue $375
ORDER 122-25 Matte Blue $400
ORDER 122-26 Satin Stnls $435

$100 Non-Refundable Deposit, Balance Due Upon Completion, 6-12 Month Delivery

Click Here for In-Stock Accuracy Barrels - Click Here for Package Deals

Other Chambers and Barrel Blanks
  If you want a chamber that's not listed here, keep in mind we may already offer it on our TC Custom Shop Web Page. For the accuracy reasons explained above, we don't do any heavy magnum chambers. Finally, we get the accuracy we desire from our EABCO barrel blanks. We do not substitute others.
Testimonials... See More at REVIEWS

  "...shot a 40X40 UAS Half Size... The 6.5 BRM is definitely a shooter..." - Rick Ohmes
  "...7mm BRM... The barrel and 150 gr Sciroccos with H4350 were cutting one hole groups..." - Dave Jansen
  "...wanted to send you a copy of a recent target... best so far at sub 1/4 inch." - Keith Hudspeth (7-08)
  "I have extremely good groups from all three of the guns..." - Ed Loughren (sent 3/8" 30-40 Krag Group)


Accuracy Proof Testing Service
  The prices above include the barrel and the precision workmanship described. These prices do NOT include the cost of trips to the shooting range, hand loading, and benchrest group shooting to provide an accuracy proof tested target, proven ammo, or handload data. That's the fun part for shooters but its time consuming and expensive for employee(s). If you would like to have this done for you, order our Accuracy Proof Testing service. It's performed at our shop rate of $65 per hour. Your barrel will be bench rest fired for accuracy at 100 yards and will be shipped with load data and proof target. This can get pretty expensive and slow down delivery... Call for info.
127-APS Accuracy Proof Testing Service $CALL

Available Rifling Twist Rates
   The optimum rate of twist for a barrel depends on the particular cartridge, caliber, and bullet weight you are wanting to use. The twist rates we offer are listed below left...
 17 Cal - 1:9
.22 RF Cal - 1:16
.22 CF Cal - 1:7, 1:9, 1:12, 1:14
6mm/.243 - 1:8, 1:10, 1:12
6.5mm/.264 - 1:8
.270 Cal - 1:10
7mm/.284 - 1:9
30 Cal - 1:8, 1:10, 1:12
338 Cal - 1:10
Choosing Your Twist Rate - See More at our Twist Rates Tech Report
  We have standards we recommend for various chamberings so you don't have to figure this out yourself. But if you'd like to know some guidelines and reasons, here they are: 17 Caliber: We use 1:9 for both centerfire and rimfire. 22 CF (Centerfire): 1:7 is only for the heaviest bullets. 1:12 shoots 40-50gr bullets accurate in 223 and up to 55gr, accurate in 22-250. 1:14 is only for the lightest bullets. 6mm/.243: Use 1:8 for 90-100gr bullets. 1:10 for 75-85gr. Use 1:12 for lightest bullets (ie. 58gr in 6PPC). On 30 calibers, a 1:10 twist is the best all-around. We DO build a few 30's in 1:8 twists for folks who shoot the heaviest bullets. The rule of thumb with twist rates is this: It is better to err on the side of too fast of a twist than too slow.

What to Consider When Choosing an Accurate Cartridge

 With so many choices, folks will often ask what we recommend as the "Best Cartridge". Unfortunately what's best for one situation is not best for another. For example, 6mm PPC has won more Benchrest Shooting Competitions than any other cartridge (I think)... so it should be considered as among the most accurate cartridges in the world. But it's a little light for deer hunting. As a contrast, our 308 Winchester chambering is what the US Rifle team used at the Bisley matches in England... very accurate and powerful enough for deer sized game and larger. BUT, it recoils significantly harder than the 6mm PPC... Making it a more difficult cartridge to shoot well. When recoil gets stiffer, accurate shooting depends more and more heavily on the shooter's marksmanship skill. So, the key to choosing the Best Cartridge for YOU is this: Decide what you're going to use it most for, then choose based on accuracy potential and shootability.
  Decide What You Are Going to Use it For - If you're primarily wanting to shoot the tightest groups at paper targets, choose 17 Ackley Hornet, 22 Hornet, 222 Remington, 223 Remington, 22 PPC, 219 Donaldson Wasp, 6mm PPC, 6mm Donaldson Wasp, 6mm BR. If you want to use it for Varmint Hunting, any of the above would be fine plus everything else we offer from .17 caliber thru 6mm. For Big Game Hunting, you need a medium to large case capacity with a heavier bullet in calibers from 6mm on up. Be careful here to optimize your choice for what you plan to hunt most often... not for the heaviest game you'll ever hunt. Most good deer cartridges will work just fine for elk hunting when loaded with heavy, bonded core bullets. But, the biggest magnums suitable for elk hunting are usually way too much for deer and a lot harder to shoot well because of recoil.
  Accuracy Potential - Cartridge Efficiency is something to consider in accuracy choices. If a cartridge is so large that it can't burn all of its powder charge by the time the bullet leaves the barrel, you'll get a lot of muzzle blast for not much increase in velocity and perhaps an accuracy disruption just as the bullet exits the crown of the muzzle. .308 Winchester is more efficient than 30-06 when shooting 150-165 grain bullets. But, 30-06 will give faster velocity potential than .308 when you shoot 180-220 grain bullets. Ackley Improved (AI) cartridges will generally give a boost in both velocity AND accuracy potential due to the bolt thrust reducing body taper. 
  Shootability - Accurate shot placement is more important than velocity, energy, momentum or any other measure of lethality when hunting game. More importantly, it is a measure of your marksmanship that the pure accuracy of your barrel cannot overcome. So, it's important to choose a cartridge you'll feel comfortable enough with that you'll enjoy shooting it... for practice or just plinking for fun. Recoil and muzzle blast are the biggest destroyers of shootability because they cause a shooter to develop bad habits... flinching, jerking the trigger, holding the gun apprehensively, etc. We have muzzle brakes and recoil pads that can help you reduce recoil. As a direct recommendation on cartridges for deer hunting that have moderate recoil and excellent shootability, consider: .243 Winchester, 25-35 Winchester, 257 Roberts, 6.5mm BRM, 6.5X55 Swedish Mauser, 260 Remington, 270 Winchester, 7mm BRM, 7-08 Remington, 30-30 Winchester, 300 BRM, 308 Winchester, and 30-40 Krag.
  Killing Power for Sport Hunting - There's an excellent article in the P.O. Ackley Handbook Vol I that addresses this from all of the popular viewpoints (energy, momentum, velocity, knock-out, etc.) No one formula predicts perfectly for every cartridge but, what becomes most conclusive toward the end of the article is that being able to hit what you're aiming at is the first priority, followed by the quality of the bullet with respect to penetration and expansion. 

Encore Rimfire Conversion Kit

Shoot 17 HMR, 22 Mag, and 22 LR Match in Your Encore!

  Our new rimfire conversion kit simply replaces the centerfire firing pin assembly with a rimfire firing pin assembly. No frame disassembly required. Just remove the one screw above the firing pin. Pull out the centerfire assembly and put in the rimfire assembly. Re-install the screw and you’re done. Well engineered, in-line pin function is reliable and strong. And when you want to change back to centerfire, just reverse the installation process. Switch back and forth whenever you want! This system works with our EABCO Custom Encore barrels in 22 Long Rifle Match, 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, and .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire. Order Your’s Today!
ORDER 129-ERF Encore Rimfire Conversion Kit $59
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