Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by anapex, Aug 8, 2005.
Hmmm - sounds well useful to me. New barrels themselves run around the $200 area and I'd never be too surprised to see a whole gun go for $450 region.
If you have the frame then of course you can add barrels - sounds like a very OK deal from here. Doubt (personally) I'd bother with a 22 barrel but my .223 barrel is my fave! Even if this is the original Contender like mine (which I think you have seen or even fired) - you still have plenty of choices for cal. I have a .44 mag barrel too and 30-30 is another nice option.
The Encore is a tougher cookie and will accept heavier cals - but hey - I'd snap this up by sound of it. can't see you losing even if you sell later.
Best to you and Erica.
Best thing about buying one is that even if you decide you don't like the caliber, it's pretty easy to find soemone who wants to trade.
As others have said...cheapest I have seen a frame and barrel go for was 350 and that was a frame with a trigger issue (someone tried to massage it into a target trigger and instead made a dangerous situation, so he tried to sell it off). I am happy to say that Thompson Center Arms was more than happy to sell me a trigger at an extremely reasonable price.
Simple test is to set the action (break and close) then pull the hammer back, then slap the base of the pistol grip in the palm of your hand...if the hammer doesn't fall, then your sear engagement is good as well as your spring tension for the same. inspect the bore for throat erosion...there should be a well-defined shoulder inside the chamber...you will have frame marks on the barrel...break the action as to load it, then try to wiggle the barrel to see how much frame stretch there is...357 mag shouldn't stretch a TC frame, but I have been wrong many times before...I just want you to make sure that your getting something that won't KB on you...
As far as the barrel goes, remember that if there IS what appears to be throat erosion, you can always rechamber to either 357 Max, 360 DW or 35 Remington...they all use the same diameter bullets and TC uses the same twist rate on all those chamberings.
And as far as the 22 lr goes...I would get it because they are just so much fun to shoot.
The varmint rifle can wait! And hey - I regard my Contender with the .223 barrel as a perfect varmint platform!
Let us know what develops.
Pawnshops around here are generally good to go looking for "gunsmith specials" somtimes...you get Bubba going on a rifle thinking he is going to re-invent the wheel and instead he screws up a perfectly good rifle/handgun...
And Anapex...it was already said...223 TC barrel in 12-14" length makes for a really good varmint pistol...and then you can move up to a 16" for a carbine or 21 or 24" for a good rifle...you can find thumbhole stocks and the accuracy is there in abundance...the pre-G2 frames are easy to massage into a real whistle-pig nightmare.
db: This was from a mom and pop shop. As far as I know it's a standard barrel. It's definitely not octagon. Not sure if I would call it a bull or not either, the barrel is the same thickness for the length but not overly thick. I'd put the length around 10", it may be shorter but it's definitely not more then 10".
Congrats on the purchase...you won't be sorry.
Pretty soon you will learn that you can tell the approx. age of a barrel by how the stampings are on the barrel...
Welcome to the worst of all firearm addictions...Contenders.
I went from one frame and barrel to 4 frames and 9 barrels and I am hunting for a 5th to turn into a rifle/carbine setup for my 45-70.
You go to a gunshow you must remember that all is negotiable...especially price.
General rule you can remember...on the USED market...standard barrels and not SSK or Bullberry...225-250 for frames and 125-160 for barrels.
JD must think he is using gold or platinum in making his barrels...he crazy.
Bullberry makes a decent product 75% of the time...4 people I know have purchased new from them...one sent back for a non-shooter...would only hit paper at 25 yards...wound up being a muzzlebrake issue and they made good on it...so they don't get barked at too much by me.
Again, welcome to the fold and if you need any help with your TC lemme know here or PM me and I will be as much help as possible.
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