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#208175 - 09/25/20 08:30 AM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: racksmasher1]
Ernie
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If you want less recoil the 300 Blackout would be the way to go.
357 MAX would be the next step up in recoil, but still quite a bit less than the 460.
What do you think you can shoot accurately in the field, and more importantly, what do you want to hunt with?
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#208177 - 09/25/20 08:50 AM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: Ernie]
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Thanks again for the replies and the more I read the more I'm leaning towards the 300 BO. Less recoil and 200 yards with the Barnes would cover 95 percent of my hunting. Now should I go with the Contender or Encore frame? What length barrel? Also, I live in Will County but do the majority of my hunting in Menard County. Lastly, the MGM barrel wait time is not an issue because I started this thought process with the 2021 season in mind. This season I plan to use my AR pistol in 300BO as well as an old 3 screw RSB my father in-law let me borrow. He remembers sitting at his kitchen table cleaning it as a little kid so he told me to take care of it.

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#208178 - 09/25/20 09:14 AM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: Squints08]
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I would go with the Contender/G-2, as many people prefer it to the Encore frame with the BO. Personal preference.

IF, weight is your friend, go with the Encore, and it gives you less recoil and the ability to do even more barrel/chambering options.
I would go with a 14" barrel to a 15.9" barrel.
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#208179 - 09/25/20 10:31 AM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: Ernie]
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Talking about ranges to 200 yards this implies stand hunting to me and I would try the 300BO in a Contender frame with a 14" barrel. If you were stalking or looking for a woods gun, I would go shorter, but you've already got better options for that. If you want a gun that will do both, the 12" barrel will work but you will lose a touch of velocity. If you go with a custom barrel you can pick your length. Check the reloading pages to see if there is any relevant loads.

Shooting 30-30 in a similar setup with similar velocities and bullet weights i would call the recoil quite mild. I would put the recoil between a 38sp. and 357mag in a 6" GP100. In the heavier encore, I would imagine there would be almost no recoil.
For me the platform would be too big and I would definitely go contender, BUT if you wanted to get a bigger boomer in the near future, then maybe getting an encore would be the way to go as a starting point for a family of barrels.

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#208180 - 09/25/20 11:17 AM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: karl]
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Great information! I'm glad I stopped lurking and signed up. 14 inch contender barrel in 300 BO it is. Does anybody know if either the blued and walnut or stainless and synthetic offers something the other doesn't? Is there a reason to pick one over the other? I personally like the looks of the blued and walnut.

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#208181 - 09/25/20 11:57 AM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: Squints08]
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 Originally Posted By: Squints08
Now should I go with the Contender or Encore frame?


The Contender is more compact, can take rimfire barrels without modification, and (so I've heard) has a better trigger, although admittedly that doesn't say much when comparing it to factory Encore triggers. The only downside is it's a weaker action, so you have to choose use lower pressure cartridges unless its the 223 case head size. The 30-30 is about the limit for bottlenecks, and the 44 Magnum is the limit for traditional handgun cartridges.

The Encore is beefier and stronger, and will allow you to run virtually any cartridge you want: the 308 family, the 30-06 family, many belted magnums, and big bore revolver cartridges like the 454, 460, 480, 475, and 500.

Both will handle the 300 Blackout just fine.

 Originally Posted By: Squints08
Great information! I'm glad I stopped lurking and signed up. 14 inch contender barrel in 300 BO it is. Does anybody know if either the blued and walnut or stainless and synthetic offers something the other doesn't? Is there a reason to pick one over the other? I personally like the looks of the blued and walnut.


A Contender with a 14" 300 Blackout barrel sounds like it'll be a great choice. I would suggest getting it threaded for a suppressor, but . . . Illinois.

I don't think there will be any downsides to choosing blued or stainless over one another, or walnut vs. polymer furniture. If you had a heavier recoiling cartridge picked, I would suggest a Pachmayr grip and forend to make shooting it a bit more comfortable on your hands, but I can't imagine a Blackout Contender recoiling that bad. It's hard to beat the looks of walnut on a polished blued gun, too.

There's also a third option: custom laminate. I've done an Encore build with a HausOfArms grip/forend set that I think turned out pretty neat:
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#208182 - 09/25/20 04:29 PM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: Chance Weldon]
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There are very few things that a 15" .460 wont sort out. My Encores are 14" and 15". With the elk on the menu I would have to go with the .460. Just my humble opinion. Welcome by the way!
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#208184 - 09/25/20 04:52 PM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: reflex264]
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Sounds like I need a 14 inch Contender for my 300 BO and a 15 inch Encore for my 460. Reflex264, is your 460 ported or have any kind of muzzle device?

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#208185 - 09/25/20 05:11 PM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: Squints08]
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Think Ken Lewis over on 6BR has a new or near new 300BO MGM set up.
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#208187 - 09/25/20 07:57 PM Re: Introduction and next hunting handgun help [Re: H2OBUG]
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I've been watching this post with great interest.

Having almost no experience with single shot pistols, I'm curious, what advantage does the .300 BO provide that the .30-30 or .30-30 AI don't?

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