I've really become found of hunting with my single shot Encore. There is just something that I can only describe as a feeling of bare basics with a single shot. Nothing pretentious, nothing fancy, very accurate, hard hitting and just plain fun.
As I said, even Jason has fallen in love with the single shot break open designs. That's the main reason he bought an Optima 209, and then me later, my Optima Pro. He was right, it has much the same feel as my Encore. H&R has been around for a long time and they are pretty rugged reliable firearms. I think this one will be kept in the family for a very long time. I intend that when I'm gone my Encore goes to Jason and then on to Tyler with the promises it never gets sold nor traded. We are partial to good guns in that manor.