Well I been a Contender nut since 1972, addicted right from the start. God only knows(and he ain't told my wife) how many different barrels been through here, but the number is well into the hundreds. Like a lot of the older Contender fans, just don't care much for the G-2. My first Encore is a four digit serial number starting with the number "1", so it's been here from the start. Two more have eased into the fray somewhere along the way. Almost all my muzzle loading is with the Encore and it is the best out there in my book. Also use it with .243, .260, 30-06, .375 and 45-70 barrels. Hardly ever use the encore as a handgun, however I do have a .260REM short barrel for it. I guess most of my "fun gunning" is with the Contender, but when I seriously need to reach out and touch something the Encore gets the call. So...which is my favorite?...tough question...I think the Contender would win just because of the forever(almost all my adult life) relationship. They look a lot alike, but are two very different firearms and I would hate to be without either one. The pile of deer killed with each would be pretty close, mostly because of the muzzle loaders performance in the last 20 years. Oh well, I've rambled on for too long and haven't said much of anything, guess you just have to try'em on and see for yourself...Sorry!