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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-06-2019, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Default T/C worth the money?

The Encore and Contender are flexible but you really shoot one caliber/rifle at the time, while some CVA rifles cost about the price of an T/C barrel but you own a separate rifle to gear an extra shooter. T/Cs custom barrels, MGM etc, cost as much as an entry level scoped bolt rifle like the Ruger American.
I own the above brands,no accuracy concern on either for my type of shooting (bow range to 200 yards deer-sized game).
Is a T/C set really worth the money for practical use?
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-06-2019, 09:25 PM
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post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-06-2019, 10:03 PM
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Shot about 40,000 rounds in 30 years out my TC's. That being said the original TC's were great the new ones by Smith & Wesson maybe not to great. Depends on what your looking for. Back in day loved to watch guys face when we hit targets out to 200 yards with 10 barrels.
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post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-06-2019, 10:30 PM
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Well from one who has owned lots of Them I would say if you were to buy a Encore with rifle stock set and a set of pistol grip set and then maybe about 10 barrel some pistol some rifle in your favorite cal. might be ok but then after a while you get tired of going through the changing barrels then you start to pick up frames stock set next thing you know have a lot of money tied up in each gun and like you say you have more tied up in one than a good used bolt gun or auto. But then there is the bragging rights of being able to say I have x number of frames and stock sets and barrels So in the end what you may not have learned is this THEY ARE HABBIT FORMING hard to break the habit I did break it well almost I still have a G2 with a 7x30 waters rifle barrel and a 23 in vent rib 410 barrel any way I am doing ok as long as a member does not up and offer a barrel at great price did I mention I still have a 209x50 encore barrel now if some one would up and offer a encore frame and stock set at a great price see what I mean they are habit forming. But the H and R are also habit forming ask those who own a dozen or more


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post #5 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-08-2019, 12:38 PM
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To me they are. I look at it as buy what float your boat. TC floats mine about as well as any other option. Barrel changes take mere minutes.
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To me they are. I look at it as buy what float your boat. TC floats mine about as well as any other option. Barrel changes take mere minutes.

Got a 38 Special MGM barrel I shot every Saturday
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A friend calls my T/Cs Erector set guns, that is OK with me. This is similar to a Ford and Chev discussion, whatever floats your boat... Personally I am glad to have the freedom of choice.

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I love the Thompson Center platform. If you can shoot a bow 200 yds and take a deer? Enough said...
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post #9 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-08-2019, 11:19 PM
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If your goal is deer from bow range to 200 yds; nope, not worth it. That's a cheap problem to solve.

If your goal is to own an aesthetically pleasing single shot, with an excellent trigger, that can shoot rimfire or centerfire with a barrel swap and the twist of a lever, while weighing less than a cheap bolt gun, shorter, balances well, let's you have iron sight and an optic at the same time, and in fun calibers like 6.5x30-30AI ... its a bargain.
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+ 1 with pretty much all the replies. It depends on what you like, and there is something to be said for having the freedom of choice. Deaconllb is absolutely right; the switch-barrel guns are habit-forming. Don't own an Encore or Contender, but do have a few TCRs and Handis. More than I need? Yep. As many as I want? Nope.
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