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Question by TJ. Uploaded on February 03, 2010
Both are break-action single shot actions with an exposed hammer. They can both be configured as pistol or rifle/carbine. You can think of the Encore as the larger, younger brother to the smaller, older Contender.
The Contender is chambered in everything from the smallest rimfires up to (including many pistol rounds)45/70. J.D. Jones also has his SSK JDJ line of cartridges and there are also several other Contender-oriented wildcat rounds. There are probably more chamberings for the Contender than any other firearm I know of. However, it will not handle the higher pressure modern rifle rounds like .243,.308, 30/06, 7mm rem mag, etc. like the Encore will. The later G2 Contender offered the ability to fit a muzzleloader barrel as well.
The Encore is a sized-up, stronger, heavier frame with just bigger dimensions in every way. It will handle up to some of the larger belted magnum cartridges there for dangerous game hunting, as well as everything back down to a .17 rimfire, 12ga shotgun, and muzzleloader.
Well that's about all that can be said about two individual muzzleloaders. I don't know much about those guns but I sure love my tc omega
The Encore is the newer, heavier-duty style. The G-2 Contender is the newer, lower-quality Contender.
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