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5ptdeerhunter
June 25, 2002, 08:24 PM
I am thinking about purchasing a Thompson Center Encore 209x50.

I want to get a muzzleloader for the muzzleloading season here in Michigan.

Were I hunt we can only use shotguns no rifles, but my uncle has a place I go about once a year. I want the Encore so I can hunt the muzzleloading season. Then just buy a rifle barrel perhaps 3006 so I can hunt my uncle's land.

Are Encore's good to shoot and are they reliable. Or should I just buy a lower priced muzzleloader. I only know what I have read in catalogs. No one I know has one.

If anyone has any information.

Thanks in advance.

Poodleshooter
June 27, 2002, 02:41 PM
There are considerably cheaper ways to get into muzzleloading for hunting purposes. The T/C Encore is a great idea if you want to use it as an Encore smokeless pistol or rifle, but I don't think it's the best for muzzleloading only. Try a T/C Black Diamond if you want a modern muzzleloader. Cabelas & BassProShops have several other brands and models, and usually beat local stores. CVS and Traditions- tend to have the lower end models. You'll get what you pay for.

5ptdeerhunter
June 30, 2002, 03:31 PM
I kind of like the idea of being able to turn it into a rifle or shotgun by just switching bbls.
Oh by the way what's the going rate for rifle barrels.

Poodleshooter
July 1, 2002, 11:00 AM
$250 or so is what I see them for at shows. It varies by bbl length, blued or SS, and to an extent, by caliber.

Cap n ball
July 2, 2002, 01:04 PM
It's a very nice piece and if you are a regular hunter I don't think you'll be dissapointed. Adaptable and well made. Sort of like a 30 30 on steroids.