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#1486627 - 01/16/10 11:48 PM Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol?
kshuntercb Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Northeast Kansas
Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? Do you like it? What caliber is it? I hear they offer them in .22-250. I've been looking for a new item for my collection and I have been thinking about a TC pistol. Might be good for hunting coyotes? I just dont hear them talked about too much and I never see them in gun shops. Anyone got one? Thanks for any feedback.
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#1486650 - 01/17/10 12:20 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: kshuntercb]
howling Offline
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Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 764
Loc: Indiana
I had one and sold it last year. I had 2 barrels a 223 and a 243 win. I used the 243 for deer and if it was 200 yards it was dead. I killed a coyote with it while deer hunting and shot it around 150 yards and dropped the coyote fast. I miss it around deer season and might get another one.


Edited by howling (01/17/10 12:22 AM)

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#1486661 - 01/17/10 12:30 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: howling]
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Registered: 09/14/09
Posts: 2257
Loc: Enjoying The Outdoors
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#1486777 - 01/17/10 03:18 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: stealthman]
Catkiller Offline
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Registered: 02/08/02
Posts: 1764
Loc: Roland,Oklahoma,U.S.A.
I have one with .308 and 17 rem. barrels.I have killed alot of deer with the .308 barrel.I love mine,the .308 will buck a bit but it sure mows down the deer.
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#1486881 - 01/17/10 09:14 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: Catkiller]
TScottW99 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/02
Posts: 79
Loc: Roanoke, VA
I own a T/C Encore Pro Hunter pistol. Stainless steel frame with a 12" blued .480 Ruger barrel. I mounted a Leupold 2X on it and love it!!



I have loads from mild to wild for this and it shoots great. I would like to get a barrel in .223 or maybe a wildcat one day for predator hunting and easier shooting at the bench grin
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#1486928 - 01/17/10 10:15 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: TScottW99]
bakerboy Offline
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Registered: 10/23/04
Posts: 260
Had one. Too must blast, too loud, and too close to the muzzle.
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#1486963 - 01/17/10 10:56 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: bakerboy]
Uncle_Steve Online
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Registered: 01/24/07
Posts: 378
Loc: Hubbardston,MA
I have 3 of the Contenders, the little brother to the Encore and love them. I have one set up with a .30 carbine barrel and with 90 grain reloads is a joy to shoot. With a red dot scope off the bench it will break clay targets at 100 yards very easily.

Check out the specialty pistols forum. those guys hunt with the encore all the time.

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#1486973 - 01/17/10 11:08 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: bakerboy]
Spike Offline
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Registered: 03/20/02
Posts: 299
Loc: Baggs, Wy. USA
kshunterch, I have both encores and G2's in pistol calibers ranging from 22rfm to a ported 7mm08. the 223 with a 15" barrel is my go to pistol with a 2power pistol scope. getting familar to holding the scope far from your eye while hunting coyotes takes a little time to get use to. I was surprised to find the 2power scope more than enough for hunting. the simmons 2power scope has the shortest eye relief, something to consider when shooting from a sitting position with a stick as a guide. you will enjoy the challenge hunting with a pistol. spike

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#1486976 - 01/17/10 11:10 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: bakerboy]
Spike Offline
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Registered: 03/20/02
Posts: 299
Loc: Baggs, Wy. USA
kshunterch, I have both encores and G2's in pistol calibers ranging from 22rfm to a ported 7mm08. the 223 with a 15" barrel is my go to pistol with a 2power pistol scope. getting familar to holding the scope far from your eye while hunting coyotes takes a little time to get use to. I was surprised to find the 2power scope more than enough for hunting. the simmons 2power scope has the shortest eye relief, something to consider when shooting from a sitting position with a stick as a guide. you will enjoy the challenge hunting with a pistol. spike

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#1486978 - 01/17/10 11:12 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: Spike]
kshuntercb Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Northeast Kansas
Yeah, thanks guys. I was going to ask about what power scope is good for them too. I've been in a lot of gun stores over the years and I just dont see them on the shelf used much if ever. Must be a good sign. Thanks for the feedback. I am think I am about ready to start shopping!
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>- Ruger .22-250 Hawkeye, 55gr v-max FX3
>- I like to roll my own.

I LIKE JEEPS!
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I want to shoot a coyote with my Encore Pistol!
Buckle up, I want to try something

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#1486987 - 01/17/10 11:18 AM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: kshuntercb]
kshuntercb Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Northeast Kansas
One other question, are the frames and most of the barrels interchangable? Meaning do certain barrel calibers fit on only certain frames? Do you also have to get new forends? I was thinking of getting a 22-250 and maybe .308 barrel?

I was a bit confused on how to read this chart below.


http://www.tcarms.com/firearms/encorePistolCharts.php
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>- Ruger .22-250 Hawkeye, 55gr v-max FX3
>- I like to roll my own.

I LIKE JEEPS!
Budwiser Pro Staff
I want to shoot a coyote with my Encore Pistol!
Buckle up, I want to try something

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#1487112 - 01/17/10 12:50 PM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: kshuntercb]
howling Offline
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Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 764
Loc: Indiana
Just keep the Encores barrels with the Encores frames and the Contenders barrels with the Contenders frames.

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#1488355 - 01/18/10 12:41 PM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: howling]
Tenacious Offline
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Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 53
Loc: Weld Co., CO
I have the Contender in 7TCU with a 2 power scope. The Contenders are limited in barrel choice. The Encores can handle higher pressures and are chambered in almost everything. Great single shot guns.

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#1488384 - 01/18/10 01:15 PM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: Tenacious]
The Famous Grouse Offline
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Registered: 12/09/09
Posts: 837
Loc: St. Paul, MN
I have a Encore in .223 and other heavier calibers.

Just had the .223 out at the range yesterday. Terrific gun and with good handloads it'll put 5 shots inside of a golf ball sized circle all day long at 100. Even out to 200, it'll give anything that's the size of a coyote a serious case of cardiac distress.

But IMO shooting a handgun takes a lot more in the way of practice than most people think. When I'm at the range a lot of guys want to have a couple of shots so I generally let them. It's very, very rare for any one to shoot anything close to what this gun is capeable of even if they are good with a rifle. It's a different skill that requires practice.

Grouse

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#1488628 - 01/18/10 05:23 PM Re: Does anyone have a TC Encore Pistol? [Re: The Famous Grouse]
Urimaginaryfrnd Offline
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Registered: 02/13/08
Posts: 363
Loc: Iowa, U.S. A.
I have two of them one in 45-70 and another frame that is waiting for a custom barrel from http://www.bullberry.com/ in 44 mag. Here we are limited to straight wall cartridges for hunting deer. I have had a .308 barrel which was very pleasant to shoot the 45-70 is a beast but OHMYGOD its fun and quite deadly. I can think of several barrels I would really like to have for it. I have dual dovetail rings and a 1x Burris handgun scope and with heavy calibers I'd stay wiht a fixed power not a variable because they are stronger. This is a must have toy but there are several things one can do with these that will get you in trouble. The pistol frames are legal to convert to rifle or shotgun but rifle or shotgun frames are not legal to convert to pistol so initially buy the pistol frame. Pistol barrels are under 16 in and rifle barrels are longer than 16 in. There is a folding stock made for these and with the stock folded total length must exceed 26 inches so a guy can put a folding stock on and a 20 inch rifle barrel on and go to federal prison for having a short barrel under 26 inch long rifle. Also there is a part to extend the hammer to the sides - buy one it makes life easier for ten bucks. I think a light rifle caliber like .243 or .223 would be a hoot in one of these but you can get some serious smack down calibers - there was a youtube video of a guy shooting one in .416 Rigby - trust me you dont want anything stronger than a 45-70 its an evil beast.

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