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#200722 - 07/19/19 05:50 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: Artemis444]
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A friend of mine had one that I shot quite a bit. All I shot in it were factory loads. I remember the 150 grain bullet loads were not bad for recoil but the 180 grainers stepped it up a notch. Muzzle blast and noise were considerable with both loads. That was years ago though and now you have a lot more and lighter bullet choices. Let us know how it works out.

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#200723 - 07/20/19 02:29 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: RSW]
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For a light weight, iron sighted, factory ammo available, easy on recoil, under 75 yards deer gun, I'd suggest looking at an 8" barreled 357 mag - all you'll need.
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#200724 - 07/20/19 07:49 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: KRal]
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 Originally Posted By: KRal
For a light weight, iron sighted, factory ammo available, easy on recoil, under 75 yards deer gun, I'd suggest looking at an 8" barreled 357 mag - all you'll need.


I vote for this to best meet your criteria. You can always go bigger later. No one stops at just 1 barrel for a Contender. LOL.
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#200725 - 07/20/19 09:56 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: billa]
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Although a 10 inch barrel will be fine if you are going out of the box. Perhaps better with iron sights.
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#200726 - 07/20/19 10:47 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: billa]
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I think I like this idea. I am a fan of 357. I carry one every day. What barrel length do yall think would balance best iron sights off hand? Is there a company making fiber optic sights for the pistol configuration?

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#200727 - 07/20/19 01:24 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: Artemis444]
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Obviously the 10? will have a longer sight radius and be easier to find on the use market. An 8? would be much handier and still plenty enough sight radius for accuracy out to 75 yards, but you?ll probably have to go custom for the 8?.

Right now there?s 6 1/2? 357 Barrel on gunbroker.


Edited by KRal (07/20/19 02:37 PM)
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#201170 - 08/12/19 09:03 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: Artemis444]
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A 10 inch barrel in 357 Remington Maximum would serve you better than a 10 inch 30-30 for shots out to 75 yards.

Excellent round for hogs, deer and bear. Starline makes brass and plenty hard cast bullets with copper gas check available or Hornady 180 to.

MGM will cut you the proper throat.


Edited by Mr. Bisley (08/12/19 09:04 PM)

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#201246 - 08/17/19 05:07 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: abner]
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howdy!
If you must stick with the 30-30 use a 12 or 14 inch barrel. I used a 10" and 14" 30 Herrett and a 14" 357 Herrett. It is lots of work to make the brass initially but I like that sort of thing. But...with the 30-30 you can find ammo anywhere ammo is sold! Good hunting!

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