I've seen where some T/C barrel makers - specifically Bullberry and MGM - make rimfire barrels for the Encore. Unlike the Contender, which has a little firing pin selector that allows it to fire rimfire rounds, the Encore doesn't have this ability. From what I've read, Bullberry sells a firing pin kit that allows the use of rimfire barrels in an Encore, and I think MGM creates rimfire barrels with offset bores to solve this issue. Has anyone here tried a rimfire barrel on an Encore? What was your opinion of it?
The reason I'm asking is I've been considering a T/C rimfire setup in either 17 HMR or 17 WSM as a squirrel hunting rig for when they don't want to get close. I'd love to use my 221 Fireball with reduced loads, but we can't use centerfires for squirrel hunting in Tennessee.
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