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    Thompson center Contender following

    How many of you ever hear anyone really talking about Contenders anymore? I remember as a kid there was always tables completely full of barrels and parts at gun shows. My Dad had one growing up but sold it. Since then I have never seen one on the range nor heard any of my gun hoarding friends even mention them.

    I just picked up two from a gentlemen on a trade and took my son out this last weekend to shoot them and had a blast. One range visit and we are both hooked. If he continues to show interest I will probably end up giving one of them to him.

    I am curious what everyone's favorite barrel is and why? I don't have any spare Barrels (yet) but I am thinking about a MGM in .277 Wolverine.

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    I have a 14 inch stainless first generation in .223. It's fun to shoot but not very practical for hunting so does not get shot much. I haven't found a good source of barrels for it but then haven't looked very hard. Haven't seen a caliber that interests me either. Maybe 32 Fed. mag??
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    32-20 is my favorite. Gone from a mild 115 grain cast up to a 150 grain jacketed.
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    I love mine: one frame as over 30,000 rounds on it. 30/20 and 357 magnum mostly

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    3 frames and 10 or 12 barrels. I see maybe one barrel a year at shows.

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    You Guys!!
    Gotta have a 223, way more accurate than the ar. Then there is 35 Remington, good for anything out to about 150y. Just remember to pad your elbow on the bench!!(OOW) Of course the 45 WinMag will take your first deer at 41 paces like a champ. To stretch the range a 7mm-Waters is very versatile. Just wish I could find a 45-410 Super 14 somewhere. All I see are too expensive.

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    Like my contender. Turned it into a 24" barreled 45 acp. Great trigger.

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    My latest favorite is an MGM barrel. 16.5 in 7.62x39. Makes a very handy carbine. Only gets cast in it.
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    Been shooting mine almost 40yrs.
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    I have a SS Encore, with MGM 45-70 24 barrel and a MGM 6.5 Grendel with a 21 barrel. I use the Grendel as a lightweight, easy kicking , long range (relatively) hunting rifle. It has met all the above criteria.

    The 45-70 was purchase as an experimental project. I was looking for the quietest non silenced center fire rifle that would take pigs and deer. After reading several articles on the subject, I began loading the 45-70 with 500 grain cast bullets running about 700-750 FPS. It has a rainbow trajectory, but the power to drop deer/elk/hogs at 75 yards or less. Its been fun to play with. Although full lever action loads are not fun to shoot at all.


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    Wife has a bullberry 22" 30-30ai barrel with a custom bullberry stock set and a 22" MGM 45cal muzzleloader barrel with a house of arm junior thumbhole stock set. Will be ordering her either a MGM 16.5" or 18" 44mag around end of may. The contender with the house of arms junior stock set fits her like a dream. She loves them.

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    I have a 10 inch barrel 44 magnum, a 14 inch barrel 22 hornet and a 10 inch barrel 45/70!

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    I just added the 357max barrel, haven’t shot it yet. Very much avoiding the 45/70 barrels, you guys are nuts!

    Anyone have suggestions for getting a couple barrels threaded? Have spare bull barrels in 357mag and 22lr for that purpose, and just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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    Right now a 14" 22 LR had a 14" 223 but way too loud for me had a 357 MaX but sold it when you could not find any brass for it
    replaced it with a 10" round barrel 44 mag and have not looked back
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimB.. View Post
    I just added the 357max barrel, haven’t shot it yet. Very much avoiding the 45/70 barrels, you guys are nuts!

    Anyone have suggestions for getting a couple barrels threaded? Have spare bull barrels in 357mag and 22lr for that purpose, and just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
    look over on SP https://specialtypistols.infopop.cc/...Fforums&csra=Y
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    Currently have .41mag and it is my favorite to shoot with. Also have 30-30 and it doesn't see much only due to my various other lever & bolt rifles in that caliber. I will pick up a .357Mag some day as it's been on my list.

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    If looking for barrels call Ed's T.C.s in Oklahoma City. Look on the various forums for sale pages. I've bought a couple off them. I love mine. I have Three frames and several barrels. Most have rifle scopes on them. .22lr, 25-20 and .357mag are my favorites.
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    My 2 favorites: 10" 22 Hornet and 14" 30-30.

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    Just an FYI but No_1 has Contender items in the S&S section. Just thought I would share to help both sides.

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    Started out in 1985 with one frame and a 7-30 Waters and 44 mag both 14" barrels. Then about 5 years ago I decided to start hunting groundhogs exclusive with pistols. I picked up a 10" 22 Hornet and loved it. Then it when crazy from there.
    One more frame
    17 mach 2 14" pistol and 16" carbine
    22 LR 10" threaded
    17 Squirrel 13"
    17 Hornet 15"
    17 Ackley Bee 21"
    240 Banshee 14" 22k Hornet necked up
    6mm TCU 14" and 21"
    6mm PPC 14"
    6mm JDJ 14"
    256 Win mag 12"
    25 Classic 15"
    7mmTCU 14"
    7mm Raptor
    32-20 Win (308 bore)
    321 GNR 10"
    300 Whisper 10"
    45/410 10"
    We only have a 16 day firearm season for deer. Now that I spend months out in the field in pursuit of groundhogs and crows l have to say my 6mm TCU pistol barrel and 17 Squirrel are my two favorites but the 7-30 Waters is up there also.

    Out of all the people in my hunting circle I am the only one that handgun hunts exclusively. Some carry a revolver and take a deer if they get an opportunity but I spend most of my season behind my 7-30 or 44 mag if I'm in heavy cover.

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