My TC Encore needs help
I just returned from a cross-country hunting trip where I flew from PA to Nebraska to hunt mule deer with my TC Encore 50 cal in-line. On the first day of the trip I shot the gun several times to make certain it was sighted in properly. Later that day I took a doe at over 200 yards with the Encore. I thoroughly cleaned the Encore and reloaded it with three 50 gr pellets and a 250 gr Shockwave bullet.
The following day, my guide and I traveled to an area we had seen a large mule deer buck. Upon arrival I tried to open to the Encore to insert a primer. The gun would not open. After trying for nearly half an hour I finally removed the hinge pin, but the gun still would not open. Desperate, I removed the trigger assembly, but no luck.
We were forced to stop hunting for the day. I took the Encore to the nearest gunsmith, 180-miles away, but he could not get the gun to open. Eventually, he removed all the working parts, including the hammer assembly and separated the action from the stock.
Since the gun was loaded with a charge of blackpowder, there would be no way for me to take the firearm home to PA. (Blackpowder and primers are not permitted on airlines.) Desperate, the gunsmith asked me permission to try prying into the 1/8" opening between the breech and the firing pin assembly of the action. He thought maybe the primer extractor was hanging up. No luck once again. Finally, he began striking the action with a hammer in several places. It still refused to open.
Returning to the ranch with the gun in pieces but the breech still unopened, the guide and I finally used a pair of screwdrivers and a lot of pressure and torque to pry the two pins on the bottom of the barrel back, freeing the barrel from the action.
I unloaded the Encore, placed all the parts in zip-lock baggies and locked it in the gun case for the flight home.
I love this gun. It was a gift from Outdoor Writer and TV personality, Larry Weishuhn. The thought of it in pieces, with signs of damage from the screwdriver and hammer is heart-breaking.
"A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user." - Teddy Roosevelt