Picked up this cool pistol yesterday, need to reload for it, anyone doing this and have a pet 300gr reload they would share?
Not looking for a huge bullet and massive recoil, Just a fun to shoot yet will work for some hunting reload.
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March 25, 2013, 05:23 PM
I can't advise you on a load for your Contender but I can tell you that I fired one in 45/70 with 300 gr factory loads and it was not my idea of fun. After 3 shots my wrist and elbow were screaming "I quit".
March 25, 2013, 05:24 PM
dang, dont know whats different, but mine is easy to shoot, even the wife likes it.
March 25, 2013, 05:31 PM
If you just want fun loads, Unique is popular for downloading for plinking or cowboy shooting.
I think with the Contender you are supposed to stick to original pressure limits as for a Remington Rolling Block.
March 25, 2013, 06:47 PM
If you're reloading the 45-70, the Lyman #49 is handy.
It gives loads from the original trapdoors on up through the Ruger #1 including a special section for T/C Contender and Encore.
March 25, 2013, 06:48 PM
ordered some dies and 300gr bullets. Looks like people just use a standard large rifle primer, and some IMR4198.
March 25, 2013, 06:54 PM
Some? You need to know just how much "some" your Contender can handle.
With a 300grn jacked HP 36grns of 4198 is listed as max.
March 25, 2013, 07:11 PM
Yep, I was going to start a little less, but 35-37 is what Ive read people using in them.
March 25, 2013, 07:17 PM
I load them with black powder under lead 235gr sized to .456.
March 25, 2013, 11:50 PM
You do NOT want to shoot some of my 300gr handloads through that thing.
March 25, 2013, 11:54 PM
probably not, I want to match the factory 300gr ammo, its perfect.
Blind Dog Jake
March 26, 2013, 08:19 AM
This may help you, they are all cowboy action loads.
I also shoot the Tc Contenders, in about eleven different calibers.
With the 45-70 Unique works well for lite loads.
On the link some loads are under 10 gr. of Unique I personally have never loaded less than 11 gr. in the Contender.
My deer hunting loads are made using 2015 br or Varget and 400 gr. bullets moving at a bit over 1200 fps. out of a 15 inch barrel.
Hope this helps.
April 1, 2013, 01:41 PM
Ok, shot a few of the 300gr JHP with 36gr of IMR4198, shot good, felt lighter than the factory 300gr ammo I was shooting, anyone compare factory to handloads on a chrony for curiousity sake?
I also get a lot of unburnt powder in the barrel, factory loads and handloads about the same, normal for these short barrels?
April 4, 2013, 02:40 PM
Unburnt powder like you are describing usually indicates pressures too low for the powder to burn completely.
Try using a heavier bullet (with an appropriate powder charge).
Or a faster burning powder to get more complete combustion.
In my world, if the accuracy and velocity are sufficient, who cares about a little unburnt powder?
April 4, 2013, 02:45 PM
I dont care either, even the factory ammo leaves powder in there. I was just curious about it.
I loaded up a few at 36.5 and two at 37gr to see how they do.
April 4, 2013, 04:24 PM
Wear shooting gloves and elbow pads. Even when Mag-Na-Ported and with Pachmayr grips the .45-70 Contender or Encore is a beast.
Just my .02,
April 4, 2013, 04:57 PM
Thanks. Mine shoots like a .44mag, I figured it would be worse.