Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter
Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter

Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter


Other than determining where you will go for your hunting trip, the most important consideration for your hunting trip is choosing the right rifle, and with the Thompson Center Encore Rifle, you can be assured that your hunting trip will be a success.

  • Caliber: .243 Win & .308 Win
  • Finish/Stock: Stainless Steel/FlexTech®
  • Barrel Length: 28″ – FLUTED
  • Length of Pull: 14″
  • Overall Length: 42.5″
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs.
  • Rate of Twist: 1:10
  • Sights: None
  • Model #: 28205651


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The Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter Rifle is a single-shot, break-action firearm. It’s also a switch-barrel rifle, meaning the barrel is interchangeable. Any Encore barrel will fit, which lets you customize the gun to fit any need. Whether you’re looking for a gun suitable for hunting, target shooting, or self-defense, the Encore Pro is great for all types of shooters.

Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter Accuracy

The precision rifling of the Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter gives you the accuracy you can count on. The 28” barrel gives you the best velocities you can expect from a given rifle cartridge. Like most rifles, the accuracy definitely varies based on what kind of ammo you use. You get the best, most consistent accuracy when you use powder instead of pellets. With most loads, you can expect excellent accuracy. The more often you clean the gun and riflescope, the better shot groups you get. The trigger makes it a little harder to get even smaller groups because it has a longer lock time. But, this tends to come with the territory with a hammer-fired gun.

Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter Reliability 

Thompson Center rifles are known to be of great quality, and Thompson Center is a reputable company. The Encore is one of the best break-action on the market, with no misfires to report, and extreme durability and robustness. However, there’s one downside: loading the gun with a dirty barrel. A couple of bullets get stuck and have to clean the gun in order to get them out. For the most part, however, it’s a reliable gun you can count on no matter what you’re using it for. You can maintain optimum control in any conditions, wet or dry, with the over-molded pistol grip. It’s definitely a stand-out in comparison to similar models.

Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter Handling 

This is a well-built, well-machined gun. The fit, the feel, and the balance are all fantastic, and the pistol grip stock fits perfectly in your hand. It’s one of the most comfortable grips I’ve ever experienced! One of the coolest features of the Thompson Center Encore for sale is the interchangeable barrels. It’s pretty simple to change them out:

Just remove two screws from the forearm, pull out the hinge pin, switch the barrels, replace the pin and screws, and… done! It’s quick and easy to transform it from a muzzleloader, to a slug gun, to a centerfire rifle.

It also comes standard with an ambidextrous Swing Hammer. A couple of downsides:

Cleaning the rifle is a bit challenging because, in order to remove the breach, you need to first remove the fixed extractor. This involves removing two screws on the forearm, one on the extractor, and then reassembling the rifle after cleaning it. However, this is easier with an E-Z tip primer extractor. When you have one of these, it’s easier to clean, and you’re more willing to clean it often, which improves accuracy. There’s also no safety on the gun. But you can still move safely, even with a round in the chamber, by keeping the hammer forward.

Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter Trigger 

The Encore’s trigger is pretty good. It’s firm but crisp, which helps to offset the heavier pull—around 5 to 6 lbs. There’s a little inconsistency with the trigger pull, but other than that, it’s pretty impressive! No take-up, no sand, no creep, and no grit to speak of. The travel before the hammer snaps is minimal.

Magazine & Reloading 

The Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter is a break-action, single-shot rifle, and one of the best break-action muzzleloaders on the market. It features a Quick Load Accurizer with reduced rifling at the tip, which allows for easy loading. To open the action, you just pull back on the trigger guard lever and load your shell! One downside is that it comes with an extractor rather than an ejector, so you have to manually remove the cartridges or cases.

Length & Weight 

The standard barrel of the Thompson Center Encore for sale is advertised at 28,” but since the barrel is interchangeable, this all depends on what you choose. Overall, it measures around 42.” It’s relatively lightweight, and depending on the accessories you use, weighs anywhere from 7.5 to 8.25 lbs.

Recoil Management 

Recoil management is definitely something Thompson Center got right with the Thompson Center Encore for sale. It comes with a FlexTech recoil reducing stock, which boasts four layers of Limbsaver navcom material. The stock also comes with pliable inserts in the butt and comb, which makes the gun shoot softer. The buttpad is soft enough to absorb most of the recoil from firing. This firearm is great because it can handle tough-recoiling loads without making the shooter absorb all the recoil.

Additional information


.243 Win, .308 Win


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