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Contender G1 expert???

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by .45-70TC, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. .45-70TC

    .45-70TC Member

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    I have a G1 with 4 bbls. 45/70 Super 14, 30-30 10", .357 10" and a .223 10" bull. Issue is...the 45/70 and 30-30 are real easy to open but the .357 and .223 are quite hard to break open. What could be the problem?
     
  2. WestKentucky

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    There was a design change that addressed the hard to open issue. I recall it being something simple but I’m drawing a mental blank on what It actually is. Something to do with barrel lugs.
     
  3. Grumulkin

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    Some frames had to be converted to "easy open" but if some barrels open easily, that may not be the problem. It may need to have the locking lug polished.
     
  4. .45-70TC

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    I think you have it there. I miked the lugs and the ones that are harder to open are a couple thou thicker than the others.
     
  5. 25-20 WCF

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    Are the bolts on the hard-to-open barrels one piece or two piece?


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  6. Steve in PA

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    I shoot and hunt with T/C Contenders and it sounds like the issue is the locking bolts. From what I've read, they say to use a stone and not a file on the bolts. Only work on them slowly, frequently checking the fit (opening and closing).
     
  7. .45-70TC

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    If you're talking about the 'locking lugs', they appear to me to ALL be one piece. I recently shot my .357 bbl. and cleaned the heck out of it with Gunzilla and it sure opens nicely now. Next, my .223 bbl. which was hard to open.
     
  8. PapaG

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    There were three versions of the first gen frame, mostly based on where the pivot pin for the trigger guard was placed. I've had to do some polishing on later barrels and found that my 30-30 rifle barrel would fit but not fire on my G2 which is a whole nother story. Mostly, the bottom of the lugs was where I found the interference. Some forends don't clear the action either.
     
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  9. 25-20 WCF

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    If the OP has-one piece bolts which are hard to open, he needs to replace them with the two-piece bolts. Period.



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