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Old 01-09-2002, 11:24 AM
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Old 01-09-2002, 12:58 PM
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Todd, did you check to see if there were any cartridge restrictions for handgun hunting in your state? Some states only allow straight walled case cartridges.
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Old 01-09-2002, 01:12 PM
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Todd, you're good to go with the 7mm-08 in NY. I have an Encore in .243 that is sweet.

Your concern with the EER scopes is good. I bought mine second hand with a T/C 2-7X EER scope on it and sold the scope as the eye relief was too long. It was fine if the target was straight away and I had my arms fully extended, but if I drew a bead on a target 90 degrees to my left--meaning my right arm was fully extended and my left arm was crooked--I couldn't get a full field of view in the scope. Subsequently bought a Burris 2-7X and the problem went away. My suggestion is that you handle the scopes you are considering. You don't want just an extended eye relief; you want a forgiving (i.e., a lot of leeway in either direction) eye relief.

Warning: Encores (like Contenders) are addictive. The options are extensive, and seem to multiply in the gun safe. Since buying the Encore, I've added a rifle kit (also in .243) and the muzzle loader barrel. Don't think I know anybody with an Encore/Contender with only one barrel!

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Old 01-09-2002, 06:28 PM
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Default RE: Thompson Contender/Encore

Sounds like your looking for a little advantage Todd.lol
Any centerfire is legal in N.Y.
Started 11 years ago and i aint turning back.It is the hardest gun to shoot well at long distance but once overcome it is a big asset in shotgun country.I own 6 centerfire handguns and all of them have Burris 3-9 scopes.Legionnaire was spot on.They are the most forgiving.My favorite is a 30-06 magnum research but i have an encore in .270 that i love also.7mm-08 is a great choice.
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Old 01-10-2002, 09:43 AM
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Todd...I own a Encore 15&quot; 7mm-08 and I love it! I took my first buck with a handgun A.K.A. &quot;HAND CANNON&quot; a few years ago. I put a Tasco Pro-Point Dot scope on it and it works great...<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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