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Old 10-08-2017, 11:11 AM
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Okay here is the scenario (or scenarios): You are new to T/C Contenders. G1 or G2 does not matter.

Or you are an old salt trimming your collection.

Either way you decide you need THREE and three only barrels Choose which three that you could live with forever.

Good luck with the headache. Sorry about that part
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Old 10-08-2017, 11:16 AM
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Okay here is the scenario (or scenarios): You are new to T/C Contenders. G1 or G2 does not matter.

Or you are an old salt trimming your collection.

Either way you decide you need THREE and three only barrels Choose which three that you could live with forever.

Good luck with the headache. Sorry about that part
I will play, because I quite literally took possession of my first T/C Contender this week, with a .223 14 inch barrel. I have my eye on two additional barrels: a .222 Remington in 14 inches and a .22 LR match barrel -- haven't decided scope or iron sights on this last. I realize that this is a boring fixation on .22 caliber bullets, but there you go. One positive: I already reload for .222 Remington and .223. Ignorance is. . . well, reading this thread may help me see what I am missing. A centerfire handgun caliber might be interesting. I'll look to this thread for hints.
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Old 10-08-2017, 12:18 PM
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Headache is right! A few years ago I pared my collection down to 9 barrels. Now you want me to get rid of more.

No question, a .22LR match barrel has to be one of them.

A 7mm TCU would be the second one. Very accurate cartridge, easy to load for, more records have been set in handgun silhouette with this round than any other.

I don't hunt, but if I did, the third one would have to be a 14" .30-30 Winchester barrel. Ammo is available anywhere, and it is a very accurate cartridge in the Contender. I still enjoy using mine for silhouette, or just plain plinking.

Now for some Tylenol.
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Old 10-08-2017, 12:40 PM
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I have several, but three only, .22LR, .357Mag., .223
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Old 10-08-2017, 01:29 PM
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I have several, but three only, .22LR, .357Mag., .223
Wise and best basic choice, but I also have several more.
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Old 10-08-2017, 01:38 PM
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.22 LR, .222 Rem or .223 Rem, 7-30 Waters or .30-30 Win.
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Old 10-08-2017, 02:05 PM
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If I was a NON-Handloader it would be

1= 22 L Rifle 12-14" Match
2= 223 14 "
3= 30-30- 14"

Since I am a Handloader these R my choices:

1= 22 K-Hornet 12"
2= 7 TCU 14"
3= 30-30 A.I.

In my experience in shooting these for over 35 years these have proven to be the most CONSISTENTLY accurate calibers.

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Old 10-08-2017, 02:32 PM
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This makes my head hurt to think about getting rid of barrels.
1 22LR 23" Match chamber
2 22 Hornet 20" Custom Shop
3 223 20" Custom Shop
This scenario will arrive at my doorstep all too soon. I will make it a point to shoot and enjoy the toys I have. I will go to the club tomorrow!
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All in 14":

22 LR
223 Rem.
445 Supermag

The above accomplish my needs...
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:52 AM
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About 5 years ago a neighbor sold me this Conternder with 22LR barrel, and scope mount,, - $250



I bought a scoped 35 Remington barrel off of eBay a few years ago.
I have the brass, bullets, primers, and powder,, I just have not had the time .

I can plink, or I could hunt,, that is all I want.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:27 AM
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10" heavy bbl .22 lr match.
10" heavy bbl .22 magnum.
,410/45 LC vent rib.

There, done.
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Not doable for us, since Contenders form the bulk of our collection and they're also mostly what we shoot. On 22 LR, alone, I have three barrels setup with different sights, and these are just the handgun barrels. Doesn't even count the Carbine and Rifle barrels.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:43 PM
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First one would be a .22lr in a 10" octagon bbl.
Second would be a Super 14 chambered for the .221 Fireball
Third would be a 10" heavy bbl chambered for the .357 Maximum
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Headache is right!

No question, a .22LR match barrel has to be one of them.

A 7mm TCU would be the second one. Very accurate cartridge, easy to load for, more records have been set in handgun silhouette with this round than any other.

I don't hunt, but if I did, the third one would have to be a 14" .30-30 Winchester barrel. Ammo is available anywhere, and it is a very accurate cartridge in the Contender. I still enjoy using mine for silhouette, or just plain plinking.

Now for some Tylenol.
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Yes it can be done, I've owned contenders since the early 80s and I've had about every caliber made at one time or another. At one time I had 5 frames and 48 barrels, I've sold all but one frame, a nice armor alloy, and all but 3 yes 3 barrels.
Here is what I kept for my hunting situation.
14" 445 supermag
14" 22hornet
12" 357 Maximum
These are what fit my needs but if things change I may add or subtract from what I now have. Age has not been good to my eyes so I don't do much handgun hunting anymore and a scope or red dot is mandatory since I can't focus on open sights well enough to reliably hunt using them on a handgun. So yes a collection can be paired down to just 3 barrels, I've done it. So it's just a matter of figuring out what three barrels would fit your needs. The only one I wish I'd never sold was the 21" stainless .410 barrel and rifle stocks but that was long ago when new ones could be had with a phone call to Cabelas
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