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 Breechâ„¢ and the Swing Hammerâ„¢.

Use & 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 differs from the standard T/C Encore muzzleloading barrel in several important aspects as detailed here.

The Encore Pro-Hunter "Speed Breech" breech plug uses an interrupted "Buttress" thread design that requires only 1/4 turn to remove it or to install it.

A NEVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE A CHARGE FROM YOUR ENCORE PRO HUNTER MUZZLELOADER UNTIL YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE FIREARM IS DE-CAPPED (PRIMER IS REMOVED FROM THE BREECH PLUG). AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE CAN CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

REMOVING THE "SPEED BREECH" - BREECH PLUG

To remove the breech plug from the Encore Pro Hunter muzzle-loader barrel - the extractor must first be tipped out of the way (see FIG.4) - to allow the breech plug wrench access. First, tip the barrel open and remove the primer. Then draw the extractor slightly rearward and rotate it 90 dgrees (in either direction) to allow clearance for the breech plug wrench (FIG.5).

The breech plug is removed from the barrel by turning it 1/4 turn counter-clockwise (as viewed from the breech end of the barrel) with the wrench supplied (FIG.6). The supplied breech plug wrench has a clip which automatically engages a groove in the breech plug when it is pushed onto it - allowing you to easily withdraw the unscrewed breech plug from the barrel (see FIG.7).

REMOVING A CHARGE FROM THE ENCORE PRO HUNTER MUZZLELOADER

Under normal conditions, an Encore muzzleloader is unloaded simply by firing it into a suitable and safe backstop. There are, however, some conditions under which the firearm cannot be fired and the charge must be removed. This will require the removal of the breech plug.

Once the breech plug has been removed, point the muzzle up. Gravity should then cause the Pyrodex pellets to drop out, or the loose powder to pour out. The sabot or bullet can then be pushed out with your ramrod - inserting the ramrod from the muzzle. It will be necessary to add the extended super jag (which came with your rifle) to your ramrod, or you may use the longer "range rod" to push the projectile out -if you have access to such a rod.

To release the breech plug from the wrench for cleaning, push forward on the sliding button to raise the clip out of the groove in the breech plug (see FIG.8).

Proceed to clean the breech plug, the barrel itself and the internal threads in the barrel's breech area as needed.

You can now re-install the breech plug into the barrel with the supplied wrench - with the extractor slot oriented to the right and the alignment pin is oriented to the left (as viewed from the breech end of the barrel) (see FIG.6). Tighten the breech plug into place by turning it

FIG.1 Speed Breech Plug

Cut-a-Way View of T/C Pro Hunter "Speed Breech"

Extractor

FIG.1 Speed Breech Plug

Extractor

Cut-a-Way View of T/C Pro Hunter "Speed Breech"

Rotate Extractor 900 After pulling it rearward slightly

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clockwise just 1/4 turn - at which point the extractor is aligned with the extractor slot in the breech plug when the extractor is tipped back into the upright position (see FIG.3).

NOTE: If the breech plug is not installed correctly, the extractor will not engage the extractor slot in the breech plug and the barrel will not close on the gun's frame.

Again, push forward on the sliding button on the wrench to raise the clip out of the groove in the breech plug - allowing you to remove the wrench from the breech plug (see FIG.8).

This breech plug has a replaceable heat-resistant O-Ring that seals the breech area further against fouling residue (see FIG.10). This O-Ring can be easily replaced if it should become damaged. Use T/C Part No.7531 replacement O-Rings - available from your dealer -or by contacting the factory.

The gas rings (shown in FIG.10) are designed to be a permanent assembly with the breech plug. They should be cleaned in place with a brush and solvent (like T/C's Number 13 Black Powder Solvent).

Use 1/2" Breech Plug Wrench & Turn it 1/4 turn counter-clockwise to remove

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Use 1/2" Breech Plug Wrench & Turn it 1/4 turn counter-clockwise to remove

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IMPORTANT: When reinstalling the breech plug after cleaning your muzzleloader, you should lubricate the entire surface area of the threads on the breech plug with a good anti-seize lubricant (like Thompson/Center's Super Lube) as well as the threads inside the breech area of the barrel itself. Failure to lubricate the threads in both places may lead to difficulty in removing the breech plug after firing the gun (FIG.11).

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 OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE.

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Responses

  • rhea mitchell
    How do you remove the speed breach on a tc encore prohunter?
    8 years ago
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    How to cock.a encore pro hunter muzzle loader?
    9 months ago
  • stefanie
    What would cause a firing and Mac primer out of a Thompson center pro hunter?
    2 months ago
  • mentha bolger-baggins
    How to clean the breech plug in a Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter XT?
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