John that is a nice rig you got there good luck Saturday.
I am not going B.P. saturday, however next week I will be in Maryland for the early season. I purchased my 209x50 the year they came out and after changing abut everything I finally have it where I want.
I removed the scope, replaced with Williams Peep sight and fiber optic front. took off tupperware stock adn replaced with Boyd's laminate. took the barrel to my brothers machine shop cut it down to 20", re-drill and tap for sights, re-cut the QLA in the last 1" of bore and cut the ram rod to fit with re-tap of the hole to fit the Jag and other accesories. still shoots minute of snuff can at 100 yards with 2 50gr pellets and a 245 powerbelt. sling has been removed for the picture.
really wasnt hard at all, I just stood around and watched my brother do the work he is a master machinist with 25 years expierence. I really enjoy it now, I could never figure on how T/C marketed the encore as a 200 yard rifle when I personaly would never take a shot that far, my gun no matter what scope or barrel length or load combination would shoot good enough for a sure thing kill at 200 yards, I just keep all shots at regular Pa woods hunting distances and the peep sight really works well. about 2 years after I did my barrel T/C came out with the Kahtadin barrel. I did take a nice 9 point in maryland at believe this or not 99 yards with that peep sight, after the shot my buddy lazered it for me. which was about as far as I would push my rifle's capability both before and after the changes.
Yes it seems that I personaly can shoot a more consistant shot with the peep sight, its very fast to get on target. sometimes you can find a cheap used 209x50 on the net, Im not sure what it would cost to have one cut down. If you come into a extra rifle barrel PM me and I can find out if he'll do another.
I usually only go out to be a driver BUT have not heard from anyone in my group. I usually don't shoot doe in October--------If I do shoot one it is the 2nd week of the season but usually not until late season flintlock.
Good luck to all of you heading out!!