T/C 44 mag Free bore

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  1. Keyfer 55

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    Why dose Thompsons 44 have so much free bore ?? Mine has almost enough to fit
    a 44 supermag in it.
     
  2. Fyrstyk

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    I believe it was to allow for much heavier bullets to be used.
     
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  3. PapaG

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    Is it a hot shot barrel? They were cut longer for the plastic shot capsule.
     
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    It doesn't say hot shot.
     
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    I had a 44 mag T/C Contender and it also shot .410 gauge shot & slugs, so maybe that's it. Just guessing, though.
     
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  6. Fyrstyk

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    I think you are confusing a .44 mag with a .45 colt. T/C made a .45 colt/410 barrel, but to my knowledge there never was a .44 Mag/410 barrel. The rim diameter and thickness are not compatible.
     
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    Sorry, no, I owned one. It was chambered for 44 mag and also shot .410 gauge. I never did shoot the shotgun round, but I'm quite sure it was capable of it, as it also came with a choke for use with shot shell.
    Thompson:Center Contender.JPG
    The interior of the brake is threaded for the choke. There's a screw for flipping the firing pin selection.
     
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    Looks like you have a rare bird then.
     
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  9. Fyrstyk

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    I stand corrected. I never heard or saw that combination of T/C barrel. I still can't figure the rim diameter difference.
     
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    Now I wish I hadn't sold it. :(
     
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    Oddly enough, trying to do some research, I'm only coming up with references to 45 LC / .410 barrels, with this one exception from Wikipedia (not the most reliable source, truth be told):
    So, I dunno ... don't take my word for gospel truth ... there may be something missing in the story.
     
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  12. PapaG

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    In our locale a number of 44s chambers were lengthened during the brief ATF ban on the 45/410 version. The Hot Shot was TCs way of getting around the ban.
     
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    Ahem (he said, with egg on face) ... I think I've solved the riddle. There is such a thing as a .44 Magnum shotshell cartridge, of which I was unaware, and the guy who sold me the gun and told me the choke was for shooting .410 gauge shotgun cartridges didn't know what he was talking about, either (and I never discovered his error because I never got any to shoot in it). So, @Fyrstyk - you were right!! ;):thumbup:

    https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/000203744/44-specialmagnum-shotshell-10-rounds
     
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  14. Fyrstyk

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    I knew T/C made shot shell versions of their .357 and .44 mag barrels with screw in "choke" adapters to shred the plastic hull holding the shot. I just couldn't get my head around how a 410 shell would chamber in a 44 mag. I'm glad we got that cleared up.
     
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