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Can anyone help answer my question?

I have a TC Pro hunter .50 that I would like to convert so that it is legal in the State of Washignton. Basically, the only legal ignition is a #11 or musket cap. Also the ignition has to be exposed to the elements.

Has anyone seen or heard of where someone has successfully converted the speed breach with a #11 or musket cap nipple? To expose the cap to the elements, there is quite a bit of material that could be removed from the breach allowing the nipple to be plainly seen as required by the State, without interfering with the performance of the speed breech plug.

Any suggestions or ideas? (other than, use a different a gun) I have several.

Thank you for your input.

Rich (Vinnee)
 

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Welcome to ShootersForum, Vinnee,

There is no way you can expose the ignition system that won't compromise the integrity of the Encore frame. You would ruin it for any of the other barrels that might be attached and more than likely make it entirely unsafe to fire.. Before you give this any serious consideration, sell the ML barrel and buy a centerfire barrel to replace it. Use one of your other guns for the ML season. If you don't have a ML with an exposed ignition, sell the Encore and buy a different ML.
 

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Iv seen TC Omegas that were made for states like yours. They are a little more expensive and you would probably have to shoot loose powder but you would still have an accurate and reliable inline to hunt with.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

I currently have four muzzle loaders, so there are plenty of options in the safe. I just wanted to have something unique and different. The only portion of the metal that would need to be removed is on the barrel itself, similar to the Omega that you speek of. Yes, we shoot loose powder for the most part, exposed ignitions, musket cap or #11 for fire. I have a group of gentlemen at my home range brainstorming. I think we're gonna come up with something? The next problem that we need to work through, providing we can tap the breech plug to accept a musket cap or #11 nipple, will the firing pin be enough to ignite either ignition system? Not quite sure the standard firing pin will have enough surface energy to ignite either option?

I know what your thinking...." this idiot has more money than sense" however I like things that are unique and different, as well as the challenge.

Thank you again for your replies.

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Hey, I resemble that remark! :p

I own four different wildcat chamberings, so when it comes to spending excess money on a gun, I know where you're coming from. If you can make it work, let us know how ya did it...I, for one, would be interested to see if such a conversion is possible.
 

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Tapping the breechplug to accept a #11 nipple has been a thought in my mind for a while... It would be awesome if you can get this to work for you. I always wondered if TC made a breech plug conversion that works with caps, just never really looked into it. Good luck on exposing the ignition on that Encore, if you manage to get it done sucessfully enlighten us with some photos. Seems like an interesting project!!

Also, TC makes the Northwest Explorer .50 for your specific needs. I've never seen one in person, but maybe the design of that particular gun can give you some ideas on how to fabricate your set-up.

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