T/C got in a big legal fight with the Clinton regime and won their particular court case. ATF tried to go after them because of the ability to put a pistol barrel on a rifle frame, but T/C won the case. I forget the details but, I don't believe ATF would allow a cut down rifle in any fashion. They would consider it in the same class as a sawed off shotgun.All of the research I've done on this topic strongly suggests that it is ALWAYS illegal (ie, requires a tax stamp) to convert a rifle into a pistol. Specifically, if you buy an Encore rifle and then put a pistol barrel on it, you are technically breaking the law. In a worst-case scenario, the BATFE Nazis will look at the serial number on the frame to determine how the action was sold and if it started life as a rifle, you can be prosecuted for making it into a pistol. In all practicality, this law has not been tested on the Encore, although there is a Federal court ruling on the Contender that is very clear. Some guys insist on buying JUST the Encore frame, or buying it configured as a pistol, then putting a rifle barrel on it. The key being that it started out as a pistol or just a frame. I don't think that is necessary, but it's my neck, if I'm wrong.
Long story, short? Don't cut up your bolt-action rifle: Save yourself the time and concern, while spending the same money to buy a pistol. (I'm imagining a 4-foot long belch of flame out of a 220 Swift pistol! )
I myself am getting at an age where I can recall something clearly, whether it really happened or not. One possible misconseption is the word "build" while you might be able to "build" a gun, it may not mean you can "convert" an existing gun. Just a SWAG (scientific wild assed guess). Anyhow a quick trip to the garage, put the reciever into a padder bench vice, then unscrew the barrel, hammer it flat enough to slip it under a sleeping snakes belly without waking him, then throw the barrel into the deepest lake you can find, burn the stock in the fireplace and you SHOULD be back to legal. Then get a surplus legal barrel and stock and you will be back in compliance. However if you can find that letter this might not be nessasary. Keep us imformed.30-30Remchester - I too hope I can find my letter !!! It looks as if I'll need to frame it and hang it over the fireplace !!!!!! I looked at the ATF site and see that the "wording" has changed quite a bit from when I originally began this project several years ago. This "project gun" may have been a project too far. If I can't find my letter, this one may have to just disappear. In the future, don't listen to anything I post on this forum.....I may just be full of CRAP!!!!!!! HD1