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Old 01-19-2015, 09:05 PM
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My first Contender was a G2 carbine in 22 LR with a 23" heavy barrel and a match chamber, still have it and it still shoots. My first Contender pistol was a G2 with a 12" 22LR with a match chamber. My first T/C was an Encore rifle with a 24" 223 barrel, more barrels for all of them followed.
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:49 AM
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We should have a contest . . .

. . . which RFC member owns a Contender / Encore with the least number of barrels. They are like tribbles, they accumulate quickly.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:52 AM
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. . . which RFC member owns a Contender / Encore with the least number of barrels. They are like tribbles, they accumulate quickly.
I could win that, I only have one barrel; a 22.r match. As reloading components have been hard to come by I have been waiting to buy the next barrel, probably a .223.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:27 PM
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Talking Contender sources

I've been shooting these things for years, mostly in calibers based on .223 / .221 brass. However, every Contender addict needs at least 1 rimfire barrel. Contenders can become an addiction.
Mike Bellm has been mentioned in a previous reply, log onto his site and read it through. He has been reliable and a good source of parts, tools, gunsmithing, and information.
Ed's TC is a source for used barrels. Seems that the octagon barrels are moving towards the 'collector' market.
Match Grade Machine is an excellent source for custom barrels.
Bullberry will supply you with custom wood and custom barrels.
There are more sources and forums out in the wild wild web, but these are the places I look first.
Of course, your LGS may be able to get you some things from S&W.
Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:36 AM
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I still have several barrels after selling off many that I don't shoot anymore.
The 7-30 Waters AI (Akley Improved) is one of my best along with my 375JDJ that I've taken one shot elk with.
22LR, 221 Fireball, 30M1, 45-410 but it's for sale.
I also have a contest TC Contender in 22LR match that I won from J D Jones HHI whitetail harvest contest. Serial # HHIWT 2000.
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:14 AM
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If I understand this correctly that if you turn the frame sideways the pin drops out.
Over the last 25 yrs. I've owned at least 15 different TC frames and none of them would the pin drop out without being pushed out. Just saying.

[QUOTE=IHMSA80x80;5188195]Those adjustable pins are a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. If you turn any of my framed sideways without a forend in place, the pin will just fall out. It is designed that way and is only necessary to keep from dropping the barrel on the ground when the action is open.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:04 PM
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No way should the pin just drop out

My first Contender (Serial No. 68XX) could be pushed out with my finger but the new G2 is so tight that I have been using a plastic rod to push it out and it takes considerable pressure. I like it that way as it definately makes for a good tight lockup.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:37 PM
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Smile loose pins

One of my frames has become a little 'loose' after a few thousand rounds, including .44 mag and 45/70. The others are still snug, requiring a plastic drift to push the pin out. I haven't noticed any significant effect on accuracy or brass life, yet.
Mike Bellm sells slight oversize pins if you feel the need to tighten things up.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:46 PM
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The lockup of a Contender does not depend on the frame pin fit.

On one of my Contenders, with the frame turned sideways, merely jiggling the barrel will cause the pin to fall out. The other is almost as loose. My G2 needs a few taps with a plastic tool. I have no complaints about the accuracy with any of them.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:14 PM
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Red face 7x30 - 10"

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I had some luck with Reloader 12 till it was dropped. What powders did you have luck with, if you don't mind me asking?
I used to load 26gr of Reloader 12 with a 140gr bullet in my 10". Use H322 in my 14" barrels with a 130gr Sierra for deer. A "start load" of Reloader 7 showed promise with a 120gr Nosler in my 14" as well. Win 748 seems almost as good as the H322
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:54 PM
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My octagon .22 mag is ready to go......finally

A friend is trying to sell me this exact gun without the base and red dot, who made the base and does it fit the contour of the barrel perfectly?

It hangs over the barrel, any reason a guy couldn't cut it off and repaint it or re-blue it?
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:59 AM
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I do that all the time to make things look a little trimmer on barrels I use with red dots. Of course, that pretty much eliminates using a scope on the base, but given the price of a standard 92A scope base for a Contender, no big deal.

By coincidence, here's my 22 mag octagonal wearing the same red dot as yours, my setup with the trimmed base. The little Bushnell TRS-25 makes a nice match for a light octagon barrel.


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Old 02-18-2015, 08:17 PM
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Nice clean looking pistol rimfiregirl.
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:19 PM
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Under the heading of "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" or why would I try and re-invent the wheel.
The ups guy brought me something today!

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Under the heading of "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" or why would I try and re-invent the wheel.
The ups guy brought me something today!

I prefer to think of it as great minds think alike.
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