I've shot muzzleloaders a fair amount. I've always thought that they were pretty cool, but never had the guts to buy one. My problem was that I didn't want to lay the cash down, and then not get into it. Well, earlier this year a friend of mine picked up a new Thompson Center Encore. He GAVE me his old Traditions Buckhunter (I know your jealous ). Anyway, this was perfect for me, because I got to shoot it a lot, and hunt with it this year to see if I like it. If I didn't like it, I'm not really out anything, and if I did like it, then I would upgrade to a nicer muzzleloader. Well, I liked it. And I want to buy a nicer inline the early part of next year. My friends tell me to just "Get the Encore, because that's the one you'll want later." I have shot the Encore (both with regular stock and thumbhole stock), and I like it, but I've been to our local shop and held the TC Omega with a thumbhole stock, and I like it better. My friends tell me not to waste my time with the Omega, because I'll just want the Encore later. Whatever I get will be only a muzzleloader, I have no reason to change the barrel to something else. I have plenty of shotguns and other rifles, I just want a nice muzzleloader. Also, for what it's worth, I can not use a scope on a muzzleloader where I hunt (primitive weapons season only, no optics). Are there problems with the Omega? I understand the action is different, and it doesn't bother me. It's the one I like better, but is it true that I'll just want the Encore later?