Re: contender vs encore ?
as long as I can get parts for a contender, i will own at least one. G-1's have been made since 1966, so there are alot of frames and parts out there. I am talking about the older G-1 frames, not the lousy trigger G-2's. if your choices were between the G-2 and encore, the encore would be the choice because of the more powerful calibers. i own several G-1's and don't feel limited on shooting anything in north america, in pistol form as well as rifle. borrow one of each and carry it all day hunting and you will see another benefit of the contender over the encore, the encores weight more than some lightweight bolt actions. next look at costs of each, the stainless fluted encore barrels are priced near the cost of some bolt action rifles. just a few considerations before buying. currently I own 10 complete G-1 contenders, 4 pistols 4 rifles 2 NIB limited editions and one encore frame, no barrels. if someone wants to trade my encore frame for a G-1 stainless frame, pm me. good luck in your decision