I have a T/C Factory barrel, and it shoots very well, no problems with throat etc. It will put these wadcutters http://www.accuratemolds.com/bullet_...=43-190W-D.png into the same hole at 50 yards from a rest. A 4X Leupold scope sits on it. 6 grains of Bullseye is the ticket. It pretty much shoots everything very well, including the Lee C430-310 pushed hard. I tend to stay with the target loads lately though...much more enjoyable to shoot.
I hate to correct someone, but I can shoot groups like that at 100 yards with my Contender with the 7TCU barrel and J-word boolits. Of course I'm using sand bags, but so what.... I have a 10 inch .44 mag barrel that will shoot goups like that off sand bags at 50 yards. I use a 250 gr. semi-wad cutter and 9.0 gr. of unique. No scopes on either barrel! And I can shoot groups of under 1/2 inch with my .222 Rem. bull barreled 700 BDL at the same 100 yards. I'm sure my firearms are capable of better, but I'm not.
For the record...I can come close to that group with the 30/30 barrel at 100yds...just not with the .44. I have not tried, but I might be able to do it with my 10" 7TCU...at a minimum, it would be better than I can do with the .44.
Last edited by shoot-n-lead; 03-16-2017 at 02:16 PM.
I know we are talking Contender but I have been able to squeeze 1" at 100yds out of my .243 and .45-70 pistol barrels in my Encore off a front bag. These were 15" barrels but I certainly don't doubt those kinds of groups from lighter contenders with some practice. Then again though, after extensive shooting in a .45-70 pistol, the .44 is quite a pussycat comparably.
You put a Contender or Encore in the hand of someone that can shoot...it will turn in some impressive groups...especially, when chambered in a rifle cartridge.
I find that I shoot the rifle cartridges much better than the handgun cartridges, even with recoil being about the same...say with the .44 compared to the 30/30, although the 30/30 has more recoil. That bullet getting out of the barrel quicker, I suppose, greatly reduces the effects of improper grip technique.
Last edited by shoot-n-lead; 03-16-2017 at 03:44 PM.
So, this Walmart special .44 barrel.
Is the locking block compatible with early frames?
For that price I may need to figure out a way to get one in the stables.
I have been wanting to add a.44 mag barrel for a while, and for under $200 delivered I may just have to.
Thanks shoot-n-lead. I had read some posts about locking block differences and concerns so I know they are out there.
Most of my barrels are older ones. The newest is my .375JDJ, and that is a factory barrel that is about 5 years old.
I may just have to jump on this one and ask for forgiveness later.
picked mine up today. Barrel is in factory wrappings.
I have a plain Jane super 14 barrel in 44mag I bought second hand last year. I finally loaded up some Noe plain base and lubed them with Lar's red carnauba with about 10 grains of Unique. I was plinking with the other barrels at 100yds and decided to swap to the 44. It had a cheap BSA red dot on it that was extra on my bench. Heck, the red dot covered the target at 100 yds.
i was astounded when I looked at the 8x10 sheet and found most the hits were on the upper half of the paper. Nothing special about the loads....
it it now sports a Leupold handgun scope and awaits further testing and decent rest.
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Cheese- Sounds promising. Work with it a bit and see how it goes.
My "Walmart" special hit Reno at 5 pm tonight. I will have it tomorrow.
I wonder if I can shoot my contender off a rest after my shoulder surgery??
Not sure how the upward motion of the recoil would affect it. May have to wait another month or so before I wring this one out.
I would talk to your orthopedics surgeon first. I don't think he will want any jarring of the repaired should for six weeks. Besides, the PT will wipe you out anyway. Is it your dominant arm? Be Careful!!!
Retired MRI Tech
Leadmelter, it is my HEAVILY dominate arm.
I am 8 weeks out right now and it is so weak that I can't raise it above my head without assistance.
I am an auto tech who for years thought nothing about lifting a transfer case above my head to stab it, or bench pressing a transmission into one of my race cars at the track.
Probably the reason for the damage I have now!!
Last edited by modified5; 03-23-2017 at 09:34 PM.
I have TC 14" blued 44 never fired if your interested?
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Your shoulder is the most complicated joint in your body. If you cannot lift arm without assistance is not a good sign.
Talk to your surgeon or PT person before you undue what was fixed.
Just a FYI
Retired MRI Tech after almost 30 yrs.
|BP||Bronze Point||IMR||Improved Military Rifle||PTD||Pointed|
|BR||Bench Rest||M||Magnum||RN||Round Nose|
|BT||Boat Tail||PL||Power-Lokt||SP||Soft Point|
|C||Compressed Charge||PR||Primer||SPCL||Soft Point "Core-Lokt"|
|HP||Hollow Point||PSPCL||Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt"||C.O.L.||Cartridge Overall Length|
|PSP||Pointed Soft Point||Spz||Spitzer Point||SBT||Spitzer Boat Tail|
|LRN||Lead Round Nose||LWC||Lead Wad Cutter||LSWC||Lead Semi Wad Cutter|