WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE.... I frequently get questions about the difference between the Contender and Encore. Below is a summary of the differences.
Differences Between the
Contender ---- and ---- Encore
(old style & "easy open" style)
† The weight of the new Contender G2 frame is unknown. The new Contender G2 is reported to accept old Contender barrels and have a trigger similar to the Encore trigger.
* The 45-70 is a factory chambering in the Contender. The Contender can be chambered for low/medium pressure large calibers and small high pressure calibers based on the .223 Rem size case.
‡ With the "easy open" action, in some cases, just pulling back on the trigger guard will reset the hammer for cocking.
Note. The Contender and Encore barrels are not interchangeable.