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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Cumberland Co. Pa.
Re: new vs. old encore and encore/pro-hunter
Well I own two contender frames and more barrels for contender than I can remember most carbine length and also two very early Encore frames and several barrels, all Encore barrels are rifle length.I don't own a recent Encore or Pro-hunter frame but have handeled a few and also agree that there is nothing to be gained from the swing hammer and the triggers seem to be something less than acceptable.
One of the vintage encore barrels chambered in 7-08 has been back to the factory three times accuracy issues, everytime it comes back with a note (this barrel meets our accury standards) whatever that is, they dont care if it shoots 6" at 100 yds. Finally had it re-chambered by Mike Bellm to a 7-08 Bellm #2 this was supposed to correct some throat alignment issues that Bellm always harps about. Rechamber did not help one bit. So had my local smith look at the barrel with his bore scope and his assestment was that is the goofiest looking rifleing I have ever seen. So the next step was to slug the bore with a lead slug that revealed a bore diam. of .2855 should be .284 and also revealed a bore that was out of round by .001. This barrel will now become a fence post.
Don't get me wrong I have had good encore stuff that I am happy with as have many others and my contender stuff is all acceptable some of it exceptional. I do believe TC has always had quality control issues.
My advice would be unless you area tinkerer and don't mind being frustrated , buy a Remington 700, Ruger or some other quality bolt gun.