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#7311386 - 01/14/13 10:01 AM Newbie to ML - Encore or something else?
selmer Offline
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Registered: 12/04/02
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Okay,
I'm an experienced handloader, cast my own boolits, etc. It's time to get into muzzleloading. I already have a TC Encore frame that I enjoy using as a hand rifle. Should I purchase the Encore .50 cal barrel and forend and simply use that? Or should I spend the same amount of money on a dedicated muzzleloader? What are the easier options for cleaning as well as the obvious needs of reliability and accuracy. Let me have your opinions - good and bad!
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#7311596 - 01/14/13 10:53 AM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: selmer]
Overkill45 Offline
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Get a barrel from SMI. They use Douglas Premium grade barrels. Bullberry also makes a top quality ML barrel for the Encores but its very expensive.

The SMI Encore barrel is rated for smokeless powder but works fine with all subs also. They are only offered in blue but if you use smokeless, its not an issue. Smokeless is by far the easiest to clean. It does take a long time to get one though but they are worth the wait.

http://www.smokelessmuzzleloading.com/


Edited by Overkill45 (01/14/13 10:55 AM)

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#7312036 - 01/14/13 12:51 PM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: Overkill45]
selmer Offline
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Whew - $475 for a ML barrel on my Encore is more than I'm looking to pay. But it's very tempting. I hadn't thought about custom options - time for more research!
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#7313043 - 01/14/13 04:34 PM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: selmer]
Overkill45 Offline
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I think Bergara makes a 50cal ML barrel for the Encore and its much more affordable. Reviews are very good also. They are under $275 for SS i think but you will still need a new front stock too.


Edited by Overkill45 (01/14/13 04:40 PM)

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#7315216 - 01/15/13 06:52 AM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: Overkill45]
smokepole Online   content
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Registered: 06/30/06
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Loc: Colorado
I like mine, and I have both T/C and Bergara barrels.
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#7317442 - 01/15/13 03:47 PM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: selmer]
Swampman700 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Just google Encore Classifieds or get one ebay. The Bergara barrels should be avoided. T/C barrels are safe to shoot and inexpensive.
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#7317625 - 01/15/13 04:30 PM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: Swampman700]
txhunter58 Offline
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Registered: 11/23/06
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If you ever want to shoot conicals (like a hunt in Colorado) get another gun. T/C guns are NOT designed to shoot conicals, but they shoot sabots great. So if only sabots, get the encore and you are good to go. A Bergara barrel or a whole new gun would be better if conical bullets are in your future.

There are usually always those that disagree with my opinion of T/C guns on shooting conicals to which I say: call T/C and ask them and they will tell you the same thing.


Edited by txhunter58 (01/15/13 04:32 PM)

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#7317721 - 01/15/13 04:51 PM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: txhunter58]
bigblock455 Offline
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Registered: 05/24/07
Posts: 2440
Loc: Boncarbo,Colorado
if its the enccore just buy the Bergara for it, it will shoot conicals and sabots very well.

Dont worry about swampman700, hes a mental case that needs help badly as you can tell from the other thread.

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#7318129 - 01/15/13 05:50 PM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: Overkill45]
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Registered: 07/22/09
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I am in process of putting together an encore ML with a bergara barrel i am getting from bellm. I want it to be colorado-ready. Just ordered the barrel and it will be a few weeks, and havent even ordered my frame yet, so cant really offer any feedback.

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#7318425 - 01/15/13 06:31 PM Re: Newbie to ML - Encore or something else? [Re: ShortMagFan]
Swampman700 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
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I can't believe you guys buy that stuff.
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