cont35bb I may look into getting the 12" barrel but I am really looking for something that I can handle a little quicker in the woods. I have found with my cva 44Mag (14" barrel) is almost too far forward on the weight and balance. I am looking for something to handle with a little more balanced and not so barrel heavy.
Last week of Michigan's late season Doe hunt found me in the shack with the Max loaded with 180 grain Remington HP and 180 XTPs, two bang flops latter I still can't tell the difference in the two bullets. Both doe's went straight down one at 90 yds and the other about 120 yds. I've had success out to 200 yds with the 180 XTP and Lil-Gun, have never had to shot more then once and have never had to track a deer more then a very few yards! Buck
I really am set on the 10.5 barrel. I rarely ever get the shot opportunity past 125 yards. The two bucks that I took this year were at 35 to 65 yards with my 44Mag. Im looking at this for a smaller gun that I can carry all day and shoot offhand without sticks. Second use will be taking coyote.
A 10 in barreled Contender in a straight wall pistol case makes for a sweet handling easy shooting package.A cross draw or chest holster and you are set.Over 12 inches just doesn't hold well offhand for me.