I the calibers I would be able to shoot with it vs. the contender. Does anyone know if you are able to get a .410/45 barrel in the encore pistol or is this only availible in the contender.
yep you can get it, Its right here http://eabco.com/encore.html.
If T/C will ever bring up production, youll see the rimfire calibers available soon as well for the encore. You actually might stand a good chance of ordering one from eabco or cabelas.
Really there is no reason to choose the contender over the encore anymore.
Try Midway. midwayusa.com Good prices too.