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I have had a T/C Encore for 20 years and have had 2 stocks brake for me. The first one split in half after about 3 years of shooting 50 caliber muzzleloader loads. Today I had another one split at the pistol grip, shooting 357 max loads.

Thinking about going plastic thumbhole. Any toughts?
 

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Wow. I have had about 30 barrels, from mild to wild, and never cracked a stock. My bigger boomers now all have muzzle brakes. I have shot both wood and plastic thumb holes, and think the plastic ones feel good in the hand. Wood, too big in the grip. Good luck.
 

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Called T/C this morning and they said that their stocks are not under warranty. So I guess I have to suck it up and buy a new stock. T/C just lost a future customer.
 

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I've always felt that big dip in the wrist was a weak point. But also, I haven't had any problems with mine. Including a kicked like a mule 20ga rifled slug barrel. I tend to shoot light to moderate loads and have had it almost 20 years.

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Plastic is gaudy imo, I replaced my stocks with laminate, good luck cracking one of those...
 

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Plastic is gaudy imo, I replaced my stocks with laminate, good luck cracking one of those...
My Son put a laminate on his Contender, he slipped and fell on the butt stock, the glue gave way and separated the laminate just back of the grip.
 

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My Son put a laminate on his Contender, he slipped and fell on the butt stock, the glue gave way and separated the laminate just back of the grip.
I guess I should have excluded mishandling and user error...
 
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