I own 2 tc pistols-both encore-one came with 50 cal. muzzleloader barrel, the other with 44 mag.
They (TC) have a wide range of barrels and you can get 4 or 5 after market brands, mgm, ott, or get custom barrels from tc or ea brown or others.
ridgerunner is correct-try the contender and the encore for size and feel. My hand happens to be just large enough for the encore. However, you can get custom grips from a variety of people to fit your hand for either-but the encore will still be bigger.
I have gotten 1 deer with the ml and none with the 44. I bought a custom barrel 44 cal. from match grade machine with a brake and it is a great shooter. I also have a 223 for long range (if I can stop shaking) shooting.
I know you only asked about tc's but my journey led me from my encore 44 mag to reloading 44 mags, to owning a Ruger Super Redhawk, to buying a Blackhawk 357, to reloading 357 mag., to buying a H+R Ultra slug hunter, to buying a Lee load all to reload Lyman cast sabot slugs, and now to buying a Marlin 1894 44 mag leveraction.
My point is be carefull on this journey-it is a lot of work and fun!!
I just reread your post and you asked about accuracy-the tc 44 barrel is good to 125 yards if I do my part-good ammo(even my sloppy handloads)-the mgm 44 is good to 150 yards-my SRH is good to 75-100 yards if I'm on-the gun is much more accurate than I am.
I use a Burris Ballistic Plex on the mgm 44, bushnell trophy on the SRH and Mueller Quickshot on the ml barrel-illuminated sight.
All of the barrells shoot good-I don't try for precision shooting-just killing groups at hunting-100 and under- ranges. My idea of a good group is to shoot all of the hunting weapons I've listed and have a fist size 4 inch hole in the kill area of a silhouette deer target at 50, 75 or 100 yards.
I do shoot the 223 and mgm 44 at 125 to 150 or even out to 200 yards with surprising results. I hit the target- at that range it's usually a 12" dirty bird target so I can see the hits.
The reason I didn't buy the contender is I could only find 2 used ones in my area and I thought I was only going to shoot a muzzleloader handgun. Boy was I wrong.
Good luck, have fun
Here are some very good links for TC stuff
You can sign up for a news letter but don't be put off by Mikes toughness on TC's-he's a dedicated gunsmith who knows what he is doing-lots of good information after you get into TC
http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/forumdis ... 7c58&f=115
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