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Contender caliber?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by AndABeer, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. AndABeer

    AndABeer Member

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    Been considering a Thompson Contender for some time now. Most likely I will purchase it very soon. Would any of you say there is a quintessential chambering for this multicaliber pistol? I know I can get new barrels as I like but I am curious if there is a common opinion as to what should be the first. Pistol caliber? Rifle caliber?
     
  2. critter

    critter Senior Member

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    Hummmmm. Hard question. Certainly, pistol calibers out of a contender barrel will be more accurate and have more velocity. However, pistol calibers having short, fat bullets will not be as good for long range as the accuracy of the contender is good for. These will be fine if your use is up to 100 yds and if you need the 'thump' of a fat bullet. A good .44 mag or .45 colt chambering will fit these needs.

    However, the accuracy potential of the Contender is better suited to some of the rifle calibers. I have a .223 and a 30-30 win. They cover my needs in this handgun. Both are super 14" models and both carry scopes. Accuracy has to be seen to be believed. Don't think 'handgun' type accuracy; think 'rifle' accuracy. I have few rifles that will hold the accurcy of either barrel. The .223 is great for varmits and smaller stuff while the 30-30 is amazing on deer and similar sized game.

    Think about what you will be shooting at, how far and match the chambering accordingly. Good luck-but beware!!! You WON'T settle for just one!
     
  3. AndABeer

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    I had planned on "potato chipping" the barrels from the get go. Right now I am gravitating towards .223 as the starter as I only have an AR in that caliber.
     
  4. Omaha-BeenGlockin

    Omaha-BeenGlockin Senior Member

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    .30-30 came to mind when I read your 1st post-------but you never stated what your planned uses are.
     
  5. 41 Redhawk

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    30 and/or 357 Herrett and 7mm TC/U are all wonderful in a Contender
     
  6. AndABeer

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    uses: paper punching, North American game
     
  7. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

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    IMHO, for deer sized and below, either .30-30 or .35 Remington are good choices. The ammo is available at Wal-Mart and cheap in .30-30.
    I've played with two 14 inch barreled TCs and they are very accurate. Ballistic Tips work real well too - less FPS = more penetration.
     
  8. critter

    critter Senior Member

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    I'm with Al on the ballistic tips. They are super in the contender. Absolute death ray on average size whitetails out of my 30-30. Out of the .223, they are devistating on varmit size stuff.
     
  9. YodaVader

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    My first barrel was a 10" 357 Mag and it is no slouch in the accuracy dept. as shown in the attachment. The Super 14 I owned was in .223 and the post stating rifle accuracy was my experience as well. I think TC is producing 12" barrels these days.
     

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  10. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    Had some useful info on a thread i posted recently and - funds allowing - have pretty much decided to go for .223 ...... seems like a great cal to choose....... and i I reload too .. that helps further.
     
  11. martin

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    The classic barrel is the 45 Colt/410 shotgun barrel. I had one of those in 10 inch years ago and it was a handful shooting 410 gauge shells. Not very accurate though for the 45 Colt.

    My 44 Magnum Super 14 barrel and .22 rimfire barrels were incredibly accurate. I would go with one of those if I was buying today.
     
  12. Hand_Rifle_Guy

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    .30-30.

    You can use 125-grainers for varminting, or Remington Accelerators, albeit with questionable accuracy. Speer Plinkers are supposed to good for that also.

    It was the concept of this gun that got me into Hand Rifles in the first place.

    I still don't own one. They cost too much, and I can't get 'em new here anyhow. Stupid state.
     
  13. Jeeper

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    There are a ton of wildcats if you reload. If you dont then teh 30-30 is good and cheap. The 357 is always a nice round. 22 hornet is nice also.
     
  14. tex_n_cal

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    For nothing bigger than deer, I'd suggest the 7x30 waters. If you must go bigger, then I'd say .375 Winchester or .45-70, both of which were made in Contender barrels. I never tried the .35 Remington, but it should be a good choice, too.

    I would avoid buying used barrels, unless they are Bulberry or T/C custom shop make - T/C barrels did vary a lot in quality and some were downright awful in accuracy.
     
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    The .444 Marlin will take down most anything you'd want to face with a pistol and check how well your fillings were put in.
     
  16. gamegod86

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    My dad has an Encore (pretty much the same as the Contender) that has a 30-06 barrel on it.

    It makes about a 2 foot fireball out the muzzle:D Fun to shoot...the only thing anybody has been able to say after a shot is "D***!"

    He has a long eye relief Leupold scope on it, and a over the shoulder bandolero style holster with about 25 rounds on it.

    It's an attention getter.

    Think it's OK for Concealed Carry?:evil:

    Todd
     
  17. Travis McGee

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    In my novel "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" the female protagonist uses a Contender in .223.

    She rides a motorcycle, it gives her rifle accuracy in a dayback portable package.
     
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    for pure outright FUN,and wide-eyed looks at the range,go 45-70!!!
    BUT DON'T go beyond minimum loads the first time out.Seeing a 14 inch T/C go straight up w/the first trigger pull is fun to watch,but not fun to do.! :)
    I got terribel accuracy w/lead bullets though,so stuck with jacketed.
    They are on fun gun.!!!
     
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    Well, I guess it's safe to assume with a handle like SASS#, you're into old timey things huh?:D
    You might want to have a look at paper patching those lead .45/70 rounds like the old timers did.
     
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    My first choice would be .22 Hornet then work my way up through the calibers from there.
     
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    Do they make one chambered for the .50 BMG?

    :D
     
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    .35 Rem awesome on deer... I took two in a row 1 @ 145yds and the other @ 190. IMO, a better round than 30-30.

    .223 a great varmint round, 'chucks to coyotes handload them to make them better.

    I have others too but these get used the most.
     
  23. farscott

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    My personal preference for first caliber in a Contender is the .22 LR. To me, one of the best things about the Contender is the ability to use both rimfire and centerfire cartridges. In handgun configuration, it takes a bit of practice to position one's hands so as to not get whacked by the trigger guard spur with the more "energetic" cartridges. I still remember my first shot with my 14" .45-70 Hunter barrel; my knuckles ached for days. The .22 LR barrel allows one to get used to the Contender and put a lot of rounds downrange without breaking the wallet or the hands.

    The .22 LR barrels are a lot of fun. I have three, a 10", a 12", and a 21". In deer hunting calibers, the .30-30 Win., .35 Rem., and .44 Magnum are quite impressive performers. Of those three, the .35 Rem. is my favorite; I have a Super 14 barrel that has dropped three deer in three shots. The .45-70 is amazing, but I traded mine for a .45 Colt; it was too much for Georgia deer.

    In varmint calibers, I like the .22 Hornet, .22 WMR, and the .17 HMR. I think the .223 Rem. is just too loud in a short barrel; in the Carbine barrels, I like it a lot more. The .17 HMR might just be my favorite of the three; the Super 16 barrel in this caliber is the right length for a very handy Carbine.

    If you buy an aftermarket barrel (like a Bullberry or Virgin Valley), you need to be sure it either has been fit for a factory forend or comes with the matching forend. Both companies use a hanger bar system for best accuracy, and factory forends do not fit those barrels. Both companies make first-class barrels that come with accuracy guarantees.

    I also recommend taking a gander at the Thompson/Center Association, the factory-recognized collectors group. This group has a very good quarterly publication, and each quarter a T/C limited-production barrel or firearm is available for purchase to members.
     
  24. YodaVader

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    "If you buy an aftermarket barrel (like a Bullberry or Virgin Valley), you need to be sure it either has been fit for a factory forend or comes with the matching forend. Both companies use a hanger bar system for best accuracy, and factory forends do not fit those barrels. "

    I recently took delivery of a Bullberry 10" 357 mag "match" barrel. By removing their hanger bar I was able to mount a TC factory forend on the barrel.
     

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    That is really great that you could do fit a factory forend on a Bullberry barrel. My 1998-vintage 12" .22LR needs the Bullberry forend; it will not work with the factory forends. I wonder if Bullberry has made a change.
     

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