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Old 03-20-2017, 03:01 PM
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Hi all,

I like the 7 in barrel Contour, even if I feel the grip a little too big for my hands (as grips are concerned, I prefer UDX, as the rosewood).
It will be my first handgun, so far had only rifles (rimfire too).

Is the Contour 7 in a good choice, or better choose the 5 in barrel, or other Buckmark models ?
Gun will be used only in the range, informal bullseye at 25 m. I probably will scope or red dot it.

Thanks in advance for your reply.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:40 PM
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BM Hunter with red dot

I put a Burris FF III on my Hunter. I like the model that you are getting as the red dot will fit on your Picatinny rail without modification.


Contour URX

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The 7" barrel w/the extra weight out front will make it a better handing target and varmit pistol. I put the 7 in. fluted barrel on my BM Camper and it really improved handling for bowling pins.

I shoot a Medalist for pins most of the time with the 6" barrel and heavy barrel weight to hold down muzzle jump [not much to begin with] in traversing the targets {pins}. I think you will like the longer barrel.

If you are still unsure, handle any of the shorter barrel models and then make your decision.

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Old 03-23-2017, 01:12 PM
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Hi all,

I like the 7 in barrel Contour, even if I feel the grip a little too big for my hands (as grips are concerned, I prefer UDX, as the rosewood).
It will be my first handgun, so far had only rifles (rimfire too).

Is the Contour 7 in a good choice, or better choose the 5 in barrel, or other Buckmark models ?
Gun will be used only in the range, informal bullseye at 25 m. I probably will scope or red dot it.

Thanks in advance for your reply.
I too would recommend holding a few different ones, and pick the one that fits your hand (and weight/balance preferences) the best. I haven't tried any 4" Buckmarks, but every 5.5" and 7.25" Buckmark I've tried is accurate enough for Bullseye at 25yds (by which I mean they can shoot Expert scores for sure, and maybe Master scores, when using decent standard-velocity ammo, like CCI SV, SK Standard Plus, Wolf Match Target, Norma Tac, or my favorite... Eley Target).

The obvious choices for mounting a red dot (I'm assuming a larger tube-style red dot for Bullseye) are the Field Target model, the Hunter model, the Plus models, and the Contour model, since they come with top rails. But keep in mind that it's possible to get an aftermarket rail for most of the other models, so you don't have to rule them out completely.

If the Contour grip is too large, maybe buy a set of the URX grips made for the "Rosewood Challenge" model direct from Browning, and put those on it? They are kinda flowery (in case that bothers you), but I think they would give you the smallest Buckmark grip available without custom-made grip panels (since the URX grip frame is the smallest grip frame available once the wrap-around grip panels are removed).
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to all who replied.

Today I ordered a 7in Contour.
No chance to make comparisons, because it appears that Countours are really a rare specimen here. Apparently, the gun will be ordered to (and delivered from) the Belgium european importer, if not from US, and the process will take about 3 weeks!

I considered that the expense for an non-rail-equipped Buckmark plus an aftermarket rail would total only slightly less than the Contour, so I preferred that way, and more so this year, because (finally) Browning decided to offer the longer barrel.

Now, I have to find whether or not left-handed T-Bolts are imported. Internet says they are available, asked the LGS, who did not found any in the paper catalog. It will be something to make clear for next year
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I just got my 7" Contour Buckmark Saturday and shot it for the first time today, Great pistol not to heavy as I worried it might be and very very accurate, it also had no issues will 3 different kinds of ammo, I think you will be very happy with it

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to all who replied.

Today I ordered a 7in Contour.
No chance to make comparisons, because it appears that Countours are really a rare specimen here. Apparently, the gun will be ordered to (and delivered from) the Belgium european importer, if not from US, and the process will take about 3 weeks!

I considered that the expense for an non-rail-equipped Buckmark plus an aftermarket rail would total only slightly less than the Contour, so I preferred that way, and more so this year, because (finally) Browning decided to offer the longer barrel.

Now, I have to find whether or not left-handed T-Bolts are imported. Internet says they are available, asked the LGS, who did not found any in the paper catalog. It will be something to make clear for next year
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I personally like the rosewood grips. Most everything is 'tacticool' in appearance nowadays. Thinking of the BM myself.
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Gun tested

Gun arrived, but due to inclement weather, I went only today to range.
Shot 50 CCI SV without any problem (as expected).
Shot very low, at 25 m had problems to go on paper. Need to raise point of impact by some 25 cm. Rear sight appears bottomed.
How many turns/clicks ?

Would like to buy quality bits for Contour rail, sight and grip screws. Which Brownells bits?

Thanks in advance
Gigi
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Congratulation on your purchase. There are others that may guide you better than I, but your shooting low problem may be due to your trigger pull. Try bench resting it to see if this makes a difference.

WK
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I have had mine for over a month now and have put at least 500 rnds of cheap bilk ammo, Remington and federal without a hiccup. I have a Burris FastFire on mine and its so much more accurate then i can shoot. Only mods have been removing the Mag disconector, considering doing the spring flip but going to first see how it feels after a few more hundred rnds

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..............Shot very low, at 25 m had problems to go on paper. Need to raise point of impact by some 25 cm. Rear sight appears bottomed..................
Congrats on the pistol. The rear sight should be adjusted in the direction you want the bullet impact to move. To raise the point of impact, raise the rear sight.
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