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Thread: What's your favorite Contender cartridge?

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    What's your favorite Contender cartridge?

    Hi Folks,

    There are some really good ones out there. My favorites are the 10" 357 Maximum and 14" 309 JDJ. My Maximum is a rechambered 357 Magnum barrel that Mike Bellm made up for me. Mike does really nice throats, which contributes bunches to accuracy. Mine has the T/C Silhouette rear sight, which is very nice. My 14" 309 JDJ barrel sports a 2x Burris Posi-Loc scope, which does a great job. The 309 JDJ is my only 14" barrel, the rest are 10".

    I like the 30 Herrett and 30 Bellm too, but don't use mine very much. I also have 7mm TCU and 223 Remington, but also rarely use them.

    I've always been intrigued by the 6.5mm JDJ. It looks like a super deer and hog cartridge, with less recoil than the 309. Do any of you shoot this one?

    So what are your favorite Contender cartridges, and why?

    Take care, Tom

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    7TCU and .44 mag for me. I've also got .222 Rem, .223 and .410. Got rid of the other barrels since I just didn't use them.

    Update: added a .30-30 barrel to the group!
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    I like the 44mag and the 221 fireball.

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    I have two favorites, a 14" 30-30 w/muzzle tamer, and 12" 7-30 Waters. Also have 44 mag, 223, 357 max (former mag), 7mm super mag (sucks), 30 Herrett, all are 10" and all are ok but they don't match the fun I have with the first two.
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    did the 357 max just a PITA looking for brass i know it will work for deer
    hunting but i know a 44mag is just a better round sold my 14" 357max
    and got a 14" 44 mag barrel and a 14" 22LR i will get a 30/30 AE when
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    10" 357 Max and 14"430JDJ(rechambered from old 6 groove barrel)

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    I have a 375 Winchester 10" barrel.

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    I like the 22LR, 32-20 and the 22Hornet. It is hard to pick a favorite from those three.........Terry

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    221 FB and 41 Magnum. Both are 10 Bull Barrels with the old style silver soldered front sight. My favorite frame is a first generation, 5 digit SN.

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    second the 22 hornet

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    My favorite is the 14", 7-30 Waters.
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    Used to have a Super 14" in 30/30 and it was scary accurate. I've thought about getting another one and adding a 223 barrel, too.

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    22 hornet, 44 mag, 45 colt, 7 tcu, Barrels come and barrels go but I'll never get rid of my 22 hornet.

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    I have two 10" .222 - a hex and a bull!

    I've thought I might like to try a 30-30 ...
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    218 Bee. 21" bbl 45/70 16" bbl with Brake & 45 Colt 14"bbl GD
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    I don't own one but my brother has 3 barrels, each 10", .223, 357, and .41 mag. I really like the .223 barrel. I went shooting with my dad and he set up a soda can at 50 yards. One handed, he shoots and said 'I can't believe I missed.' I said I don't think so and we checked the can. PCM ball ammo (2 bucks a box at the time) punched a perfect round hole through and through. Dead center in the "O" in Coke. Those contenders are wicked accurate.

    When I started working up loads for the 225-415 boolit my brother and I proof fired them in the contender first as it is a very strong action. Single shot loads with Unique were zippy and tight, but of course they won't cycle a Mini 14 or an AR rifle. For that we used 4227 and those loads cycle the semi autos at half pressure. It's very hard to beat a contender for fun and accurate shooting.
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    It's a toss up between the 22 match bbl & the 9mm bbl. both are excellent 50/100yd plinking rounds.

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