We are lucky to be a small family-run business and as such we will be taking some extra time off to celebrate the holidays. We will not be in shop to take your calls on the dates listed below. Please check back with us on the weekdays that follow; standard hours 8am-noon and 1pm to 5pm Mountain time.
Thank you and Happy Holidays from the Bullberry crew!
Closed Thursday November 28th and Friday November 29th for Thanksgiving
Closed Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday December 25th for Christmas
Closed Wednesday January 1st
Website & Pricing Update
There are still people commenting on our "new" website after almost a year since the full rebuild, so I'm leaving the below note. I do, however, want to let everyone know that some of our products and services are in the midst of minor price increases. We've tried for quite a few years to not increase our product and service prices, but raw materials and time/machining costs being what they are we are now calculating the minimum increases we need to make. Some of the prices on the site have already been modified, but all the pricing adjustments will be made official on October 1st. All incoming work requests, and new orders received from October 1st on will be subject to the pricing on the site. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We thank you for your business!
Please take some time and look through the new pages. There is a lot of new photography included throughout, along with a few entirely new pages that we hope you will find informative. All our past Contest winners are still here, along with some new winners, so be sure to check them out. We think the site will be easier to navigate and may even help answer questions that we might usually be on the phone for (don't worry we're still happy to take your calls). If you have any questions or problems along the way please let us know by calling or submitting your questions through the Contact Us page. We are making an effort to answer people's online submissions within two business days. Thanks so much to all our new and long-time customers!
UPDATE: We have confirmed to date (11/8/13) that the .17 WSM does work with the standard rimfire firing pin in the Contender and G2 actions. We will soon be testing a second barrel in the larger Encore configuration, with our Bullberry-designed and made Rimfire Adapter (as described on our Accessories page) to ensure this angled pin design also detonates these oversized rimfire cases properly and consistently.
We are currently running a 4-month lead-time on average, so if you're interested in having a .17 WSM for the upcoming varmint season, now is a great time to order.
We will post here and on our Facebook page when the Encore has been tested and the results are in, though we are relatively confident after this first round of Cont/G2 testing that the case will also be a great match to the Encore with our replacement pin bushing assembly. In the meantime, I'm leaving our original information on this page (below) for reference as to our initial concerns and the limited ammo availability plaguing the cartridge's release.
PAST ENTRY: We have received so many calls and emails regarding this new rimfire cartridge in the last few months it only made sense to add a note about its future availability in our custom barrels.
For starters, we plan to chamber for it, so you are welcome to place an order at any time. HOWEVER . . . this chambering won't be available immediately. Over the years we have rushed to add new reamers to our collection and have in turn regretted it. Until Winchester has a steady supply of the .17 WSM on shelves throughout the country, AND we're able to have a small variety of cartridges in our hands we will be patiently waiting. Once cartridges from different case lots can be measured we will order a custom reamer to minimum specs and begin chambering! To date (9/19/13) we have received one box of ammo from a customer and are beginning the testing process.
As this cartridge only debuted at the 2013 SHOT Show in January, we anticipate continued delays before the ammo is readily available. Please be patient with us while we wait to ensure the best possible chambering! Current industry "gossip" is suggesting full availability during the holiday season.
Initial information and measurements of the .17 WSM lead us to worry that our custom rimfire firing pin bushings will need to be modified or redesigned for this cartridge to be usable in the Encore. This would be as a result of the larger-than-standard-rimfire rim and body diameters. This issue will also require testing of the cartridge in the Classic Contender or G2 frames to ensure the factory rimfire pin is offset enough for consistent detination.
If you have any further questions regarding the .17 Win. Super Mag. feel free to contact us. Suggestions on how to order are below.
With so many options we always recommend you call to talk about what features will best suit both you and your intended targets. If you are unsure of the length you should order to achieve optimum accuracy in a given caliber, debating between a .308 and a 30-06, or even wondering what barrel contour will be most comfortable for hiking with, call in. We answer the phone so we can answer your questions.
435.635.9866 M-F, 8am-Noon & 1pm-5pm (Mountain Time)
If you already have a clear plan for your ideal custom barrel, stock, grip, forearm, or all of the above you are welcome to mail or fax your order. If any questions arise our team will contact you to clarify your specifications.
When ordering a custom grip or stock we recommend you mail or fax a tracing of your outstretched palm and fingers. Just like little kids turning their palm print into a turkey at Thanksgiving, these tracings help us size each palm swell to the individual shooter.
Please also be aware that our custom barrel leadtime can vary from just a few weeks to a few months depending on the immediate availability of the caliber/metal barrel you are interested in. We recommend that you call with your specific interests for our best estimated finish date. And of course, if you intend to order for a specific hunting season or competition, ordering with extra time to spare is always a good choice!
Over the years we’ve literally done thousands of trigger adjustments on the T/C single-shots. With all that experience we have gained insight into what our customers need when it comes to their frames – maintenance!
This membership is the ideal opportunity to keep your Contender, G2, Encore, Endeavor or ProHunter in premium condition year-round.
Get or gift the year-long 2014 Membership -- a $250 value for just $150!!
For a full breakdown of the included parts and services please check out the Trigger Club Membership page.
We always love to hear what our customers have to say about their Bullberry products, be it a hunting story, caliber review or just a simple thank you.
Recently we decided to put together a page for you to easily submit those details, and in return we want to thank you for your praises. Submit a few sentences about your experience with our products and/or services and if we decide to use your comments in print or on the web you will earn a $20 credit toward your next order!
Visit the Submit Your Story page to fill in the details of your firearm and your message, then send straight from the page . . . it may be the easiest $20 you've ever made!
We learned last fall that the classic Encore frames in blued and Stainless steels were considered discontinued items through all our product suppliers. The blued Encore frames have rarely been available over the past year, and we unfortunately no longer have access to either blued or Stainless traditional Encore frames at this time.
ProHunter frames in Stainless continue to be readily available and the previously discontinued blued ProHunter frames appear to be re-joining the market of available products, though we have yet to see these items re-stocked by our suppliers. Please check back as we will update this information as availability changes.
For pricing and additional information please visit the bottom of the Encore Barrels page.
We receive at least a few calls each week asking about the availability of the 300 (AAC) Blackout in our break-action barrels, so we figured it was about time to put pen to paper so to speak and share what we know.
The caliber we have come to chamber as a standard is the 30-221 which is just that, a 221 Rem. opened up to the 30 caliber. This is inherently the same as JDJ's Whisper designation and the names can be used interchangeably when dealing with dies and new components.
The request to move into Blackout territory is where most of the confusion lies, and rightly so as there is variation within the Blackout's standard ammo being made for both Sub- and Supersonic shooting.
A few Bullberry standards you need to realize before we delve further into this is that we don't long throat for accuracy reasons, and our standard twist rate in 30 caliber barrels is a 1:10. While we do offer tighter special-order twists in the Encore/ProHunter and bolt actions, we have made it policy over the years to limit the twists (and therefore pressures) that the Contender and G2 platforms are subjected to. While the Blackout caliber and intended usage may not create an overwhelming pressure spike in the tighter twists, we maintain our policy for the Cont. and G2s.
Now, with all that said, our standards do offer some wiggle room on the 300 Blackout ammo in our 30-221 chambers. Our 1:10 twist can stabilize Remington's standard subsonic ammo lineup, keeping bullets at 125 gr. or lighter. However, we refuse to long throat to alleviate pressures as the factory standard chambers will do. This means that you will see signs of pressure, but it is yet debatable if it is anything to panic over. Because it is faster there are limitations and without that throat relief we simply have to advise shooters to watch for the typical pressure signs: flattened primers, cratered primers, sticky opening/extraction, etc.
The subsonic ammo (and certainly subsonic handloads) put less at risk because there are fewer variables. Shooters are reporting better velocities with the heavier bullets in the tighter (1:9 or 1:8) twist rates that we offer as an upgrade (only in the Encore/ProHunter platform and bolt actions). The subsonic ammo is not typically paired with the relief-style long throating, so we already like that. Slowing down those 220 gr. bullets can lead to great energy transfer downrange, though it can also be at the cost of accuracy performance.
All in all, there's good and not-so-good in many calibers and the Blackout seems no different. As we make sporting firearms and not tactical weapons we tend to stear away from the latest to hit the AR circuit, but the 300 Blackout does have at least one foot in our wheelhouse. Please call if you have any questions or would like to place an order.
These limited production barrels are once again available for custom order. The barrels are actually the only items we source from outside the US, but the high quality Verney-Carron rifled barrels from France make high-performance rifled slug barrels for the Encore. The barrel importer, however, has halted further importation of these barrel blanks. That means, what we have in inventory is likely all we will have for the foreseeable future. If you are interested in one of the remaining barrels we recommend you contact us soon to ensure a barrel is available for your 20 Gauge slug project.
We can chamber for the 3 1/2" custom length, or the more standard 3" or 2 3/4" as requested. Hastings 3 1/2" Magnum components remain available from SlugsRUs.com, along with great Sabot Pressure Wads that maximize these barrels' performance. With the right components in these barrels you can expect increased slug stability and amazing accuracy. As a surprise to some, these have been reported by customers to shoot within our standard accuracy guarantee.
For a full breakdown of barrel specifics, available lengths, prices and more please visit the complete info. page on our Custom 20 Gauge Rifled Slug Barrels.