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Does any one have pictures of how the front sling mounts to the Encore. It almost looks like it clamps around the barrel and I would prefer that it doesn't. I want to put a bipod on the front for prairie dog hunting and I have not been able to find any pics where the sling mounts if you have any would you please post them.
 

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I know this isn't a picture but just to let you know how I did it was to call and order a custom forend from VVCG. I then had them install a sling swivel stud for me and thats how I mount my bipod when I use it... I had them fit it for factory taper barrels and pillar bed the screw holes..
 

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I had called Bullberry and they wanted my barrel and they would dovetail it etc... and a $100 bucks later I would be able to do it. I wanted to be able to use a regular forearm again if I wanted to. I will look up and see if I can find the place you suggested. I e-mailed Ed's contenders and never got an answer back.

Also who is WCG I cant find them on the net.
 

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Try this.

Here's what I do. Get a swivel stud with machine screw threads instead of wood screw threads and a nut and lockwaxher to fit. These cost about $1.50. Drill about a 1/16" hole through the forearm. Then take a 1/4" (I think, same diameter as stud base) Forstner Bit (flat bottomed drill bit) and use the small hole for a guide and drill just deep enough for the stud to sit flat on the wood. Then take a 3/8 Forstner Bit (I think again, just big enough for nut and use the small hole for a guide to drill a hole inside the forearm deep enough for the nut to go into. Now drill the 1/16" hole with a bigger bit to put the threaded part of the stud through. Put the stud in, tigthen lockwasher and nut with a little locktite if you desire. Sometimes the stud must be cut to length.

All my Contenders and Encore are like this and I have never had one come loose.
 

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Monte, what is your forearm , composite, wood or rubber. The composite or wood are an easy fix ( machine screw stud with nut or wood srew stud )but the rubber grip is barrel band only.
 

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Mine is the black rubber. That is what I was afraid. I am thinking of attempting to make a stock of my own. I am going to look for some pics and get some ideas unless I can find a composite one. Would it attach with the regular mounting points and does it have a flat stock so I can mount the bipod?Where would I find one. I have only seen the wood and rubber ones.
 

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Your only option would be another forearm.
I don't have the Encore pistol so I'm winging it here. If you had a 15"+ length barrel and wanted a forearm long enough to add a sling and a bipod you could rework a rifle forearm. I know it will be a little long and the bolt holes may be different but this is what might work. BB does something simular to stock forearms to convert to hanger bar. Take a stock forearm and small pieces of walnut or other hard wood and exopy them into open spaces on the inside of forearm. The wood is just a filler so you dont need so much epoxy. Fill any voids with epoxy including the origional screw holes. Note: before filling holes check them maybe one or both of the holes could match the pistol barrel, I'm not sure. Use a blk epoxy or bedding compound. Then form the inside to match factory barrel contour. You now have a solid forearm and can now redrill mounting holes to match the pistol barrel and have room to add two studs,one for sling and another up front for a bipod. Composite rifle forearms are around $30.
 

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Thats a good idea with the rifle forearm the barrel bedding should be the same I do have the 15" barrel. I would just need to drill new holes. I think they would be different? Thanks for the idea.
 

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Bipod and sling

I had an Encore pistol that I had both on. I used the Harris bipod barrell adaptor for the contender and used it. Worked very well for me. Might be worth looking into and you can still use the factory forend.
 

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I have a synthetic rifle forend on mine (came with stud). Just had to have a hole for the front mounting screw drilled and tapped in the barrel. I prefer the longer stock and wish encore would come out with one of same design a couple of inches shorter with appropriate holes (for use on my 45/410). Idealy I would like to see a snap on forend similar to that on a shotgun for "no tool" changing of barrels.
 

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Wouldn't drilling a third hole in the rifle stock be just as good? That is instead of drilling a third hole in the barrel. Are there other advantages to doing it one way or the other.

I haven't even been able to take the encore out to shoot since I bought it. I've had a cold for 2 weeks and before that it was just tooooo cold. I just want to have it set up when I finally get out there. I plan on putting the Burris nickel 3x-12x on it after I send it away and get the Ballistic plex put in. I am using Millet mounts and rings for both 22-250 and 7mm-08. I hope it performs well. Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
 

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MonteSS said:
Does any one have pictures of how the front sling mounts to the Encore. It almost looks like it clamps around the barrel and I would prefer that it doesn't. I want to put a bipod on the front for prairie dog hunting and I have not been able to find any pics where the sling mounts if you have any would you please post them.
Assemble the mount (with all screws tightened fully) on the barrel and slide it toward the breech till it stops. About an inch further back is where you will put it. Then fiollow the insructions re. screw positions. It should be positioned about an inch or 2 in front of the forearm. IMHO, a much better location than on the forearm itself. Just use adhesive and it won't come loose. Should still be enough room for a bipod.

I've installed these bands on several shotguns and they all work fine.
 

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Monte... On the wood stock drilling another hole would probably be an option. The synthetic stock has pillars where the holes are drilled and the holes are countersunk quite deep. I would have to look, but I'm not sure the holes could be countersunk enough (without the pillars) on the synthetic stock to use existing screws.
 
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