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    TCR 83 or 87?

    I was in a gunshop a few weeks ago and they had a TCR with a .223 and .243 barrel. I'm thinking about going back to look at it again, any real issues with these?

    I do remember the safety was intentionally a PITA, but I only shot one a few rounds back around 1989.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Robert

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    One of the best break open single shots to have hit the open market! Buy it and never look back!

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    I love them, at least the TCR83! The 83 is double set trigger and checkered forend, 87 is single trigger and finger groove forend, same otherwise. There are some that have a stamp indicating “magnum” capable. I don’t remember those details as I have no interest in magnums, much less in a light rifle. All barrels are interchangeable between both versions but don’t shoot magnum barrels on a frame without the stamp.
    I had, 223,243 and still have a 22 hornet. They made a 32-40 barrel, still watching for one of them. They are a really nice single shot, too heavy for rook rifles but head and shoulders above any other break open SS in recent manufacture! Grab it if it’s anywhere close to reasonable priced, barrels are scarce but out there.
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    If you like unique, elegant single shot rifles that are (mostly) well designed and well finished, get the TCR.
    If you like "simple" with lots of options (but UGLY), get an Encore.

    I would cast my vote for the single trigger versions. I've had both over the years and the relase trigger on the DST models is just plain awkward ergonomically. The single trigger is positioned much more logically, has some limited adjustment, and after adding a trigger shoe, mine is has proved very satisfactory. As for the fore-ends, the only real advantage that the checkered lever-release version has is for (somewhat) quicker barrel changes. IF you don't plan to change barrels a lot, it's not much differenent; I actually like the grooved version.

    There are still plenty of barrels out there in the common calibers, but there are also quite a few aftermarket and custom barrels that turn up too. Both TC and other makers did a fair business in TCR custom barrels before the fire destroyed the TCR production equipment. I had TC make me a 30-30 barrel long ago and it seemed just right for the rifle. I've also had the factory produced 32-40 barrel and bunch of smaller caliber barrels, mostly 22 caliber. I currently have a TCR87 with the most fantastic wood on any I've ever seen (from the time that TC had their own wood production in Kansas, I believe). I also only have one barrel; a 223 in the heavy 26" silhouette version. The only other one I would add at this point is a 26" silhouette barrel in 7-08.
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    What were they asking for the rifle and extra barrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguarxk120 View Post
    What were they asking for the rifle and extra barrel?
    Don't remember for sure, I think it was in the $7-900 range.

    Thanks guys, I just may have to acquire a new toy although neither one of the calibers really excite me.

    Robert

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    JES could make that 243 into a nice 358Winchester for boolit shooting
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    Well I got it, it is a TCR 83 with the afore mentioned .223 and .243 barrels. The .223 has a Burris base, need to get some rings for it one set that I had hanging on the wall is too rusty to clean up for this nice rifle.

    The .243 has a Weaver base, and since it was just sitting there I put a Burris Fastfire red dot on it. I had originally got the red dot for a pistol, but it takes me way to long to find the dot on a handgun, while it is instantaneous on the rifle.

    Thinking of putting one of my old Leupold Vari X II 3-9's one the .223.

    Robert

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