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Old 09-12-2019, 10:31 AM

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I have had just about all the contender barrels at one time or another but faves were 10 inch match grade 22 and 16 inch 45-70
Now encore. All match grade machine barrels,all 15 inch
470 nitro express
416 rigby
500 smith wesson
50 alaskan
8 mm mag
375 h-h mag
10 inch
357 mag
357 max
44 mag
22 match
I think I forgot some but all i can remember
After i moved out of the woods no place to really shoot them so I sold it all. Bad memory regret it
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Old 09-25-2019, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark Meyer View Post
What I learned from this thread:
3 T/C barrels is not enough. However, I think that 5 barrels "could" be enough.
Pick your calibers or follow someone else's advice, but it takes 5 barrels to cover the whole spectrum of what a Contender can do.

So, go for 3, but then once there, try for 5. That ought'a do it.
I now only have my 7TCU 16.125". It covers deer and varmints with various loads. A 6TCU may be a better choice for this, but this one works well.

A rimfire is a good candidate for small game where centerfires are not permitted. I am heavily leaning toward a WMR.

A 357 Mag is almost a must have. There is some overlap at the top end with the 7TCU when it comes to deer sized game, but low recoil plinking loaded to 38 spcl pressures is where this would shine. The bullets are less expensive too. A close alternate in this category would be a 9mm or a 32 for low cost reloadable centerfire shooting and forget about dual use on larger game. This concludes my updated top three.

For the other two barrels I would likely pick something starting with a 4, but that last barrel would be a tough one. Assuming I have the 7TCU, 22WMR, 357Mag, and say a 45 Colt, I would likely opt for a diminutive cartridge in the 25-20 to 327 Fed Mag range.
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Old 09-27-2019, 05:45 PM
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The first three barrels I bought for my G1 frame.

10" octagon .30-30
10" Bull .357 Herritt
10" .22 LR (iron sights)

The .22 LR had a ding in it but the seller claimed it shot fine. Didn't. I did recrown it years later and it improved a lot.

Wanting a good .22 LR barrel I bought a 10" match .22LR and put a scope on it. With an Elite 3200 2-6x scope this one is a lot of fun shooting 100y. This barrel has me wanting to get the other two barrels out and see how good I can shoot them.

If I could go back in time, that 30-30 would be changed to a 7-30 Waters and maybe the Herritt would be the .30 version.

Contenders are fun guns.

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I have a 22lr-12 and 7x30 Waters 16 that I would keep and my third would be a toss up between my 12 45-70 factory ported or my 16358JDJ Mag-an-Port.
I think I would consider a 16 .35 Rem ported if I can find one - shot IMSA for several years with the one I had - but foolishly traded it off
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:06 PM
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just 3 Bbls?

.222 rem mag improved 21"
7-30 Waters super 14
375 JDJ 20"
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:55 PM
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This is what I have...
All carbine barrels now.
30-30 Ackley improved.
7-30 waters.

Can do everything from mice to moose.
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Old 12-21-2019, 06:35 PM
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These are the barrels I currently have;

.44 Magnum - 14
7-30 Waters - 14
.223 Remington - 14
.22 Hornet - 10
.22lr Match - 10
.22lr - 10

Now, if I had to keep three and only three;

.22lr Match
7-30 Waters

I kept going back and forth between the .44 Magnum and the 7-30 Waters.
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