Some details and pics regarding the new Pro Hunter variation of the Encore. One thing that isn't shown specific to the muzzleloader models is a new type of breechplug. The addition of the rotating hammer (serrated section) eliminates need for a hammer extension.
The new MLer barrels will be different and will not fit the old Encore receivers supposedly. Probably a whole new reciever so you can't use anything new on anything old. So Thompson can make more money.:bangin:
Since the Shot Show will be underway Wednesday, more details should be public soon. When you read that pdf, you will know as much as I do - except for a rumor about the new ml breechplugs. I think the barrels will work on existing frames and with existing stocks, but am not totally sure.
The above showing the new rifle's action. A new fully rotating extractor is incorporated (not like the EZ, the whole thing rotates out of the way). The pivoting hammer (right or left) appears to be a nice touch that eliminates need for an extension.
The new barrels are 28" in total length.
The new (but old concept) staggered 'threads' on the Pro Hunter breechplug allow a 90 degree turn and remove feature.
New stocks on the rifle incorporate a Limbsaver recoil pad and inserts. Should make shooting heavy loads much more pleasant.
Pictures and information courtesy of Randy Wakeman. Randy is shown holding the new rifle in the second picture and had a favorable opinion overall.
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