I bought a used TC encore (walnut stock blued barrel) about two years ago the barrel was just a little rough but the price was hard to beat. The barrel will shoot 1.25 groups at 100 yards but due to the slight pitting it takes absolutely forever to clean. and I have later bought a 280 barrel for it. and well Not really happy with the 280 barrel it shoots well but if absolutely everything isn't the same it is not forgiving at all (ie hand position, etc etc etc) So it comes down to buying more barrels for it is pretty much out. So I've been thinking about trading it for one of the thumbhole stock stainless Omega. i don't know if I'm crazy to do this but it's such a pain to clean. Only reason why I say this is I had a TC firehawk in stainless and three swipe with hot water and it was clean no mater how much i shot it. It I can't find a way to in a way fill the pits to make it easier to clean it will be out the door.