Your Safety Responsibilities

SAFETY IS YOUR NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY At home, in the field, at the range, or anywhere, the first concern of every firearm owner should be safety. Apply the following safety rules in every situation, with any kind of firearm. If you feel uncertain about any operational aspects of your firearm, please contact Thompson Center before proceeding with its operation. A WARNING YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL OF THESE SAFETY RULES TO ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF YOUR FIREARM. THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS...

Firing The Tc Encorem Muzzleloader

A WARNING ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. A WARNING WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION SPECIFIED FOR FIREARM USE EVERY TIME YOU DISCHARGE YOUR FIREARM. MAKE SURE OTHERS IN THE VICINITY OF WHERE YOU WILL BE SHOOTING DO SO AS WELL. A WARNING ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION. CLEANING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED AREAS, DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR HANDLING AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE...

Warning Always Point The Muzzle In A Safe Direction

NOTE The loading data found in this manual was compiled using Black Powder or Pyrodex as a propellant. With any other approved Black Powder substitute, follow the instructions supplied by the manufacturer and heed all warnings and instructions as they apply to loading and usage of that product. Inspect the bore for obstructions and oil or grease (and clean if necessary). This is true with the rifle as it comes from the factory, as it has been treated with anti-rust compound that needs to...

Priming The Tc Encorem Muzzleloader

A WARNING DO NOT PRIME THE FIREARM UNTIL YOU ARE ACTUALLY READY TO FIRE AND YOU HAVE DOUBLE CHECKED TO ENSURE THAT THE RAMROD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BORE. THOMPSON CENTER DOES NOT RECOMMEND PRIMING THE FIREARM UNTIL THE INSTANT BEFORE FIRING. CARRYING A CHARGED, PRIMED ENCORE CAN BE DANGEROUS. ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE IS A CONSTANT HAZARD WHICH, IF IT OCCURS, CAN CAUSE INJURY AND OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. THE ONLY SAFE WAY TO GUARD AGAINST AN ACCIDENTAL...

Suggested Loads For The Tc Encorem Muzzleloader

The following charts show recommended charges using Black Powder or a Pyrodex equivalent as the propellant for Thompson Center Encore muzzleloading rifles and pistols. Charges are listed by caliber, powder charge and type of projectile. Note that in each instance a series of charges are listed. More than one charge is shown in each category to clearly illustrate the appropriate powder charge range for that particular caliber, gun model and projectile. A WARNING MAXIMUM LOADS ARE NOT TO BE...

BreakOWay Sabots

For Use Only With .50 Caliber Thompson Center Encore Pistol Using a .429-.430 Bullet Use a 209 Primer. Using Pyrodex Pellets & Break-O-Way Sabot Loads 50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex Pellet Loading Data For Use With Bullets Weighing (Grains) Powder Charge .50 cal 50 gr. Pyrodex Pellets

Mounting A Scope

We recommend that you have a competent gunsmith install your scope and mount. A WARNING ALWAYS ENSURE THAT THE FIREARM IS UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED BEFORE INSTALLING A SCOPE OR ANY ACCESSORIES. failure to do this can cause personal injury or death to you or others. A WARNING DO NOT DRILL ADDITIONAL HOLES IN THE BARREL AS THIS COULD WEAKEN ITS STRUCTURE AND CONTRIBUTE TO A RUPTURE CAUSING INJURY AND OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. The barrel is factory drilled and...

Unloading And Uncharging

A WARNING ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. A WARNING NEVER ATTEMPT TO PULL A CHARGE FROM YOUR MUZZLELOADER UNTIL YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE FIREARM IS UNPRIMED. WHILE IN THE PROCESS OF PULLING THE CHARGE, DO NOT SMOKE, OR BE NEAR ANYONE ELSE WHO IS SMOKING THE SPARK FROM A LIGHTED CIGARETTE, CIGAR, OR PIPE CAN IGNITE BLACK POWDER, PYRODEX, OR PRIMERS. ANY EXTERNAL HEAT SOURCE CAN IGNITE YOUR CHARGE, CAUSING AN EXPLOSION, WHICH COULD RESULT IN INJURY AND OR DEATH TO...

Load Components

A warning never use loading components not specifically referenced in this manual. failure to follow this rule may cause excessive pressure which can damage or even rupture your firearm, causing personal injury, death or property damage. USE ONLY BLACK POWDER OR AN APPROVED BLACK POWDER SUBSTITUTE SUCH AS PYRODEX TO LOAD YOUR MUZZLELOADING FIREARM. Never use even small amounts of smokeless powder, even if it is black in color. The use of any other propellant may cause injury or death to the...

Limited Warranty

Thompson Center Arms provides a warranty for all factory finished firearms for the lifetime of the original consumer purchaser. Any such firearms or part thereof returned, postage paid, to the factory at Thompson Center, 400 North Main Street, Rochester, New Hampshire 03867, will be repaired or replaced to our commercial standards free of charge and returned to the consumer purchaser postage prepaid. This warranty is effective from the date of purchase and applies to the original owner of the...

Sight Adjustment

A WARNING ALWAYS ENSURE THAT THE FIREARM IS UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY ADJUSTMENTS. failure to do this can cause personal injury or death to you or others. Thompson Center Encore muzzleloaders are equipped with a standard rifle rear sight See Illustration Below which is adjustable for elevation and windage. To adjust elevation, move the elevation slide up or down its ramp to change the point of impact. To do this, turn the Elevation Adjustment Lock Screw counter-clockwise as...

Caliber Rifle Loads

For Use Only With .45 Caliber Thompson Center Encore Rifle Use a 209 Primer. Using Black Powder amp Mag Express Sabot Loads For Use With Bullets Weighing Grains For Use Only With .45 Caliber Thompson Center Encore Rifle Use a 209 Primer. Using Pyrodex Pellets amp Mag Express Sabot Loads 50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex Pellet Loading Data For Use With Bullets Weighing Grains Powder Charge .45 cal 50 gr. Pyrodex Pellets

Assembly And Loading Of TC BreakOWay Sabots

A WARNING WHEN LOADING T C'S BREAK-O-WAY SABOTS, MAKE SURE THAT YOUR GUN IS UNPRIMED, AND THAT YOUR BREAK-O-WAY SABOT HAS BEEN PROPERLY ASSEMBLED. FAILURE TO ASSEMBLE AND LOAD YOUR SABOT CORRECTLY COULD RESULT IN THE BULLET, SABOT HALVES, OR WOVEN WOOL DOUGHNUT SEPARATING AND DISENGAGING FROM THEMSELVES. THIS COULD RESULT IN AN AIR SPACE BETWEEN THE LOAD COMPONENTS. UNDER SUCH A CONDITION, ONE OR MORE OF THE COMPONENTS MAY ACT AS A BARREL OBSTRUCTION AND FIRING CAN RESULT IN A DAMAGED FIREARM...

Encore Trigger Positions

Thompson Center Firing Pin Chance

Encore Rifle or Pistol in the At Rest Position Hammer Block Prevents Forward Movement of the Hammer Encore Rifle or Pistol in the Cocked Position Encore Rifle or Pistol in the Fired Position Trigger is Held Fully Rearward By The Shooter's Finger Automatic Hammer Block Is Held Out Of The Way, Allowing The Hammer To Bypass It. Trigger is Held Fully Rearward By The Shooter's Finger Encore Rifle or Pistol Trigger Mechanism Returns To The At Rest Position Hammer Block Prevents Forward Movement of...

Field Cleaning

A WARNING ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. A never attempt to clean a charged or primed muzzleloading firearm. an accidental discharge can cause injury and or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to property. A WARNING ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION. CLEANING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED AREAS, DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR HANDLING AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM AND...

Encore Prohunter Appendix Contd

Use amp Care of the Thompson Center Encore Pro-Hunter Swing Hammer System To make it easier to cock your Encore Pro-Hunter when a scope is mounted, it comes with a pivoting spur hammer. The Swing Hammer can be locked into a left, center or right position -depending on your preference. A BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO THE ENCORE, MAKE SURE THAT THE FIREARM YOU ARE WORKING WITH IS UNLOADED. AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE MAY RESULT IN INJURY AND OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO...

Pyrodex Ctg For Black Powder Cartridges

This powder was designed to be used in early model breech loading cartridge firearms rifles, pistols amp shotguns which were intended for use with Black Powder only. It has no application in Thompson Center muzzleloading firearms. It is listed here simply for identification purposes. PYRODEX RS or PYRODEX SELECT RS RIFLE amp SHOTGUN POWDER. Designed for use in all calibers of percussion muz-zleloading rifles and shotguns, this powder has a wide application. It may be used with all Thompson...

TC Shockwave Sabot Loads

For Use With .50 Caliber T C Encore Muzzleloader Only Using Bullet amp Sabot Listed Below Use 209 Primer Using 50 Gr. Equivalent Pyrodex Pellets amp Shock Wave Bullets with T C Super Glide Sabots For Use With Bullets Weighing Grains For Use With .50 Caliber T C Encore Muzzleloader Only Using Bullet amp Sabot Listed Below Use 209 Primer Using Black Powder amp Shock Wave Bullets with T C Super Glide Sabots For Use With Bullets Weighing Grains 250 Gr. Bullet T C Shock Wave in the T C Super Glide...

Loading Conical Lead Bullets or Sabots When Using loose Black Powder or Granular Pyrodex

The procedures for loading sabots or conical bullets when using loose Black Powder or loose Pyrodex are basically the same. Care should be taken to seat the bullet or sabot firmly against the powder charge. Do not pound on it. Again, mark your ramrod at the muzzle, ensuring that each time you seat a bullet on the powder the projectile is seated to the same depth. If you are loading an all-lead conical bullet like T C's Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter , proceed as follows do not use any kind of cloth...

Encore Prohunter Appendix

This appendix is a supplement to the information provided in the preceeding Thompson Center Encore Magnum Muzzleloader Safety and Instruction Manual. The appendix applies to the specific differences in operation for the Speed Breech and the Swing Hammer . Use amp Care of the Thompson Center Encore Pro-Hunter Speed Breech System The Encore Pro-Hunter Muzzleloader barrel is equipped with a Speed Breech breech plug system and a rotating extractor for convenience in unloading and cleaning. It...

Assembly Loading TC Mag Express Shock Wave Sabots

T C Sabots come in several variations for .50 caliber muzzleload ing applications some accept 44 caliber .429 - .430 diameter bullets and others accept 45 caliber .451 - .452 diameter bullets. In either case, insert the correct diameter projectile into the sabot and press firmly, making sure the bullet is fully seated. The Assembled r Sabot Must Be Seated Firmly On The Powder Charge. L A WARNING WHEN LOADING T C'S MAG EXPRESS SABOTS, MAKE SURE THAT YOUR GUN IS UNPRIMED, AND THAT YOUR SABOT HAS...

Trigger Adjustment

A MAKE SURE THAT THE FIREARM YOU ARE WORKING WITH IS UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED PRIOR TO MAKING ANY TRIGGER ADJUSTMENTS. FAILURE TO HEED THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE WHICH MAY CAUSE INJURY AND OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Adjustments can only be made to the Trigger Stop Screw shown in this diagram.A .050 hex wrench is required to make adjustments. The Trigger Stop Screw is used to adjust over-travel. Over-travel is the amount of rearward trigger...

If you cant remove the breech plug at this point

If you can't remove the breech plug in order to unload the charge, it will be necessary to submerge the breech section of the barrel in a pail or bucket of water. Disassembly of the Encore will be necessary. 1. Check to make sure the gun is unprimed by tipping the barrel open and removing any primer from the primer pocket. 2. Detach the barrel from the receiver assembly as detailed in the Disassembly Section of this manual. 3. Once the barrel is detached - submerge the breech section of the...

Loading TC Maxi Ball Maxi Hunter Conical Lead Bullets

For Use Only With .50 Caliber Thompson Center Encore Rifle Bullets Lubricated with Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter. Use a 209 Primer. Using Pyrodex Pellets amp Maxi-Balls or Maxi-Hunters For Use With .50 cal Bullets Weighing Grains 275 Gr. Maxi-Hunter amp 320 Gr. Maxi-Ball 350 Gr. Maxi-Hunter amp 370 Gr. Maxi-Ball For Use Only With .50 Caliber Thompson Center Encore Rifle Bullets Lubricated with Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter. Use a 209 Primer. Using Black Powder amp Maxi-Ball or...

Loading Conical Bullets or Sabots When Using Pyrodex Pellets

Start by loading the pellets into the bore, following the specific pellet manufacturer's instructions. Seat the projectile firmly against the pellet s Next, start the projectile into the bore and then use your ramrod to push the projectile the remainder of the way down the bore, until it is seated firmly against the pellet s Figure 6 . Do not pound on it, as this will likely crush the pellets and effect the reliability of ignition. It could also deform the bullet and will undoubtedly affect...

TC Mag Express Sabot Loads

For Use With .50 Caliber T C Encore Muzzleloader Only Using Bullet Weights Listed Use 209 Primer Using Pyrodex Pellets amp Mag Express Sabot Loads For Use With Bullets Weighing Grains For Use With .50 Caliber T C Encore Muzzleloader Only Using Bullet Weights Listed Use 209 Primer Using Black Powder amp Mag Express Sabot Loads For Use With Bullets Weighing Grains 250 Grain Bullet Like The Thompson Center PTX 300 Grain Bullet Like The Thompson Center XTP Load Shown in Red is Maximum - Heavier...

Conical Lead Bullets

For Use Only With .50 Caliber Thompson Center Encore Pistol Bullets Lubricated with Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter. Use a 209 Primer. Using Black Powder amp Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter Loads For Use With .50 cal Bullets Weighing Grains 275 Gr. Maxi-Hunter and 320 Gr. Maxi-Ball Lead Bullet 350 Gr. Maxi-Hunter and 370 Gr. Maxi-Ball Lead Bullet 470 Gr. Maxi-Hunter and 460 Gr. Maxi-Ball Lead Bullet For Use Only With .50 Caliber Thompson Center Encore Pistol Bullets Lubricated with Natural Lube...

Disassembly Of The Tc Encorem Muzzleloader

A WARNING MAKE SURE THAT THE MUZZLELOADER IS UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED. TO ENSURE THAT THE GUN IS UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED, LOWER THE TRIGGER GUARD AND TIP THE BARREL OPEN DOWN . THIS WILL EXPOSE THE PRIMER POCKET IN THE BREECH PLUG. MAKE SURE THERE IS NO PRIMER SEATED IN THE BREECH PLUG. NEXT, HOLDING THE MUZZLE UP TO THE LIGHT, LOOK THROUGH THE IGNITION FIRE CHANNEL TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN SEE THROUGH IT. IF YOU CANNOT SEE THROUGH IT, EITHER THE GUN IS CHARGED OR THE IGNITION FIRE CHANNEL IS...