Re: thompson encore in 22-250
I have had 2 contenders and an encore. They all shot superbly. One was a .222 with a 10" barrel. Anything inside 200yds was toast. Crows, groundhogs, cats, and one 4 point heart all bit the dust between 150-225yds to that little thing. You'll love it. You can't beat a 22mag or 17HMR for squirrels but I would not shoot a 22-250 up in the trees without worrying about who I killed four miles away.
If you can see it, you can kill it.