Using Lead Shot to Reduce Recoil on Thompson Center Encore Forearm

Tired of the recoil generated by the TC Encore 20 ga. slug barrel? I am!

First, I switched to a thumb-hole Flex-Tech stock, this significantly reduced the amount of muzzle jump, but the recoil from the slugs into your shoulder was still incredible.

Thompson Center Encore Thumb-Hole Flex Tech Stock

Thompson Center Encore Thumb-Hole Flex Tech Stock

My 20ga slug barrel really kicks with the 3″ federal barnes expanders, so I added some lead shot using RTV (room temperature vulcanization aka culk) 🙂 to the forend.

Using Lead Shot to Reduce Recoil on Thompson Center Encore Forend

Finished productI only added weight to the two sections, you could add as much as you want, in as many as you want.

I used my wet finger to spread the RTV, which I used to cover/secure the #7 birdshot that I harvested from some cheap small-game loads.

Using Lead Shot to Reduce Recoil on Thompson Center Encore Forend

Here you can see how the RTV is contoured to the barrel channel.

The channels in the forearm make it easy to shape so that it’s nowhere near the barrel channel.

Again, without this weight, my 20ga slug barrel shooting the 3″ federal barnes expanders is AWFUL!

Using Lead Shot to Reduce Recoil on Thompson Center Encore Forend

Here you can see how the RTV “sets up”. The texture is firm and secure.

I didn’t take a pic of the butt stock, but I did the same thing underneath the grip cap.

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