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hey just wondering if any of you guys have handled the T/C encore. their barrel interchangability is a neat concept, but also raises a concern with me. since the barrels aren't permanently fixed to the receiver, are they really solid when you attach it, or are they loose/rickety? i am really interested in getting one of these, but i would want the gun to feel rock solid. thank you!
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They are solid.  They are fantastic guns if you are looking for something with interchangeability.  I bought my dad the pro hunter muzzleloader and it is a very nice gun.  
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

They are solid.  They are fantastic guns if you are looking for something with interchangeability.  I bought my dad the pro hunter muzzleloader and it is a very nice gun.  


sweet! thank you for that information!
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I have shot a Contender in 6mm TCU  that was a tack hammer of a pistol.  I can't imagine the Encore being much different in quality. 
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Originally posted by Steelbenz Steelbenz wrote:

I have shot a Contender in 6mm TCU  that was a tack hammer of a pistol.  I can't imagine the Encore being much different in quality. 


yeah i would imagine the way the parts fit together is probably pretty similar.
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ive played with there muzzleloaders and i think they are tits! solid for sure
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

ive played with there muzzleloaders and i think they are tits! solid for sure


great! pretty much everything i've read about these guns is really positive. they seem to have a really good reputation as far as i can tell.
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 Both have great stuff on Encores . I installed  Bellm 1X hinge pins in both my Encores, Bellm hammer extenders, and a extra strength hammer springs from Bellm also ( recommended when using a hammer extension ). The 1X hinge pin tightened up my 50 cal BP groups from 2.5 " to 1.5 inches by eliminating what very ,very little play there was in the barrel / frame assembly. Easy and cheap. Also, install a Limbsaver pad--the factory one ( unless you get a pro hunter which already has one ) simply is ineffective.
I have chosen to leave my 50 black powder as is  . My other frame has woods stocks ( gunsmith installed Limbsaver) and I predominantly use that to shoot some recreational trap . I also swop out forearms and shoot 223 , 308 , and 12 ga slugs. All are very accurate and work great.
 
Got a hunting trip for deer and you're  successful- terrific. But you now have a few extra days to kill, and other critters are in season- swop out barrels and go after bobcat, coyote, ground hogs, bear ---whatever...
 
American%20Flag  Have a great 4th you all !
 


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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

ive played with there muzzleloaders and i think they are tits! solid for sure
 
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I have no Encore experience but quite a bit of time with Contenders. I swap the barrels on mine and the lock up is tight on everyone of them. I have used them from .22 LR up to .375 JDJ and they are rock solid.
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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:


 



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 Both have great stuff on Encores . I installed  Bellm 1X hinge pins in both my Encores, Bellm hammer extenders, and a extra strength hammer springs from Bellm also ( recommended when using a hammer extension ). The 1X hinge pin tightened up my 50 cal BP groups from 2.5 " to 1.5 inches by eliminating what very ,very little play there was in the barrel / frame assembly. Easy and cheap. Also, install a Limbsaver pad--the factory one ( unless you get a pro hunter which already has one ) simply is ineffective.

I have chosen to leave my 50 black powder as is  . My other frame has woods stocks ( gunsmith installed Limbsaver) and I predemonantly use that to shoot some recreational trap . I also swop out forearms and shoot 223 , 308 , and 12 ga slugs. All are very accurate and work great.

 

Got a hunting trip for deer and you're  successful- terrific. But you now have a few extra days to kill, and other critters are in season- swop out barrels and go after bobcat, coyote, ground hogs, bear ---whatever...

 

American%20Flag  Have a great 4th you all !

 


yeah i did run across that bellm site in my research. i didn't know if the products he was offering were legitimate or just gimmicks. it's good to know that that hinge pin will tighten things up if necessary.

on the limbsaver: does that come out pretty clean looking after it is installed? also, about how much does it cost to have that done? thanks a lot!
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

I have no Encore experience but quite a bit of time with Contenders. I swap the barrels on mine and the lock up is tight on everyone of them. I have used them from .22 LR up to .375 JDJ and they are rock solid.


good to know! thank you!
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On a synthetic stock- the replacement is quick, easy, and looks factory ( less than $40 )
 
On the wooden stock, I had my local gunsmith install a grindable one , and it looks perfect and works well ( cost me $85. ) .


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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

I installed  Bellm 1X hinge pins in both my Encores...


one more question about the hinge pin: is any part of the pin visible on the outside of the gun? i was wondering because bellm says he leaves the pins shiny, and if you had a blued receiver that might not match colorwise.

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The hinge pins are hidden by the forearm..can't see'em

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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

The hinge pins are hidden by the forearm..can't see'em



ok great - thanks!
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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

On a synthetic stock- the replacement is quick, easy, and looks factory ( less than $40 )
 

On the wooden stock, I had my local gunsmith install a grindable one , and it looks perfect and works well ( cost me $85. ) .


oh ok. on the synthetic stock - is that pretty much a do-it-yourself job? do you just screw the old one off and screw on the new one?
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Yes-takes just a couple minutes,,,very easy ....
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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

Yes-takes just a couple minutes,,,very easy ....


great - that's what i was hoping!
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Mine with the .223 barrel on it shoots sub-moa on a regular basis.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Mine with the .223 barrel on it shoots sub-moa on a regular basis.


nice. is that barrel an off-the-shelf one, or one from their custom shop?
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Off the shelf with a Burris 2-7.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Off the shelf with a Burris 2-7.


oh ok. i was hoping it was from their custom shop so i could get your impressions of their custom barrels. i might have to start another thread about that though...
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Also check out SSK for custom barrels. http://www.sskindustries.com/index.htm
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Also check out SSK for custom barrels. http://www.sskindustries.com/index.htm


thank you for that link. it looks like they will also put an entire gun together - which is really what i was looking for - so that is very helpful!
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