I don't have one yet but am looking at a 300win mag with the 26 in barrel. I also plan on buying a 25-06 barrel. The option of converting it to a handgun is what's really cool.Do you know if the contender barrles will work on the encore? I seem to remember that one will fit the other but not the other way around. What calibers do ya own? I've been wondering about the recoil from the 300 win mag. I read a post on another site and the guy was saying that you could read the logo from the recoil pad on his shoulder. I found this to be a little far fetched but one never knows.
My Contender carbine is in 7-30 waters( a nice improvement of the 30-30). I bought my Encore in muzzle loader version but I just bought a 7 Rem. mag barrel.All I need is a scope for that I am going to get knext year( I can be patient about these kinds of thing)because I need to get other thing right now.
I don't know about interchangeing the barrels but I wouldn't . The Encore ang Contender have different receiver dimentions
I had a Encore with muzzleloader barrel but could not get into the whole muzzleloader thing and sold the barrel. Now I just have the reciever and butt stock. Can not decide if I want to get another barrel or sell it. I do not believe that the Contender and the Encore can trade barrels. I think you need to use a Encore barrel with the Encore and a Contender barrel with the Contender.
If 8 point don't buy it and the price is right let me know. I think you're right about not switching them. Use Encore parts on Encores and Contender on Contender. If you want another barrel,just about all the mail order suppliers will sell ya one for around $250. The choices are just about endless.
I have a Contender, Encore, and a TCR. I love the TCR. The Contender is also one of my favorites. BUT!!!!!!!!! I hate the Encore. I have a muzzleloading barrel, 30-06, and .243. The Encore just does not feel right.
My TCR is my rifle of choice when going hunting with a Thompson Center.
The thing I like about the Encore is the sky and your bank book is the limit to what you can do with it.
I hunt deer, elk, antelope and hopefully one day very soon New Mexican oryx done at White Sands Missile Range. I also have a 20 gauge barrel for doves, ducks, quail and pheasant. This spring I plan to go out to the Gila for turkey hunting.
If anyone is looking for a good general purpose rifle/handgun the Encore does it all.
I HAVE SEVERAL ENCORE'S IN VARIOUS CALIBERS AND COFIGURATIONS AND LOVE EVERYONE, 300MAG 26" HB GRAY LAM STOCK W/NIKON MONARCH 4X12X40AO,50CAL W CAMO STOCK AND 4X12X50,15" 450MARLIN PISTOL,26"HB CAMO 22-250 W/4X16X40 BSA MILDOT,28" 50 CAL PRO HUNTER W/NIKON 3X9X50,28" PRO HUNTER 22-250 W BSA 6.5X24X50 MILDOT ILLR AND RECENTLY 28" PRO HUNTER 416 RIGBY W/3X9X40 ZEISS AND STILL CRAVE MORE!! EVERYONE IS VERY ACCURATE WITH HAND LOADS AND 50 CALS SEEM TO LOVE THE 300GR HORNADY SST W 150GR 777 AND 290GR BARNES TMZ W/150GR 777
I have several Encore barrels, factory and custom made. My main deer hunting rig for the last 5 years has been a 7mm Rem. Mag. heavy barrel. Just recently had a wildcat done in .25X.307, that may take the 7's place. Been a regular on Mike Bellm's site, great info there on how to make them shoot.
I have a contender with two barrels! One is a 10" 223 rem barrel with irons, and a Leupold rings and bases and a 2X Redfield pistol scope with dual-X reticle. The other barrel is a 411 JDJ barrel that is 16 1/4" long, so a carbine stock can be legally used with it. The barrel was a 41 Rem Mag, super 14 barrel, re-chambered with a muzzle break perminently mounted so as to make it legal length for rifle stock use. It has Irons, and a Weaver mount& rings, with another Redfield scope like the 223 barrel.
I have a Uncle Mike's shoulder rig to carry the contender with either barrel, and hard case. However I'm told it is illegal to carry the contender in the same case with a rifle stock, and a pistol barrel, as this makes it into a class III firearm. In other words if you have with a rifle stock, only the rifle barrel can be carried, but with the pistol stock, both barrels can be carried with the action as a pistol. I don't have the rifle stock, so I can carry it as a 223 pistol, and 411 JDJ long barreled pistol, without worry! :lol:
I could be persuaded to trade this whole rig for a nice Ruger No1 in just about any chambering, as I never shoot the contender, and I collect Ruger No1s! :wink:
The barrels for the Contender, and the encore do not interchange!
thinking about getting a katadhin (?spelling?) in .45-70, and having barrel cut down and muzzle brake added to make barrel 16.25" total. this would be my 4th .45-70. it would be a shoulder howitzer!!!!!!