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#188464 - 01/08/18 12:23 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: Steve in PA]
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There is not one answer that will fit every field situation. The key is to become proficient using a number of methods. I've even grabbed a handful of broom straw with my off-hand while holding the forearm. A little pull on the grass and the gun steadied right up. Be creative, flexible and do it enough that you learn what techniques work best for you.
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#188466 - 01/08/18 02:56 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: Gary]
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AnthonyG, First of all, Welcome to HHM.

Secondly, you are getting some real good stuff here.

Another position that works well is using a Harris Bipod either from a support or lying prone on the ground. I devote a whole chapter to shooting positions in my handgun hunting video.
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#188570 - 01/13/18 06:16 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: Gregg Richter]
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From a variety of field positions the Contender is easily capable to as far as the cartridge you are shooting, is capable. Packs, over a fallen tree, Bog Gear, bi-pod.
Always seek a solid front and back rest of some kind, if possible.
Practicing in the off season from field positions is very important as well.
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#188577 - 01/13/18 07:55 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: Ernie]
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I've been messing around with a variety of holds. What I am finding is interesting. To begin with, there are just a whole lot more ways one can hold a pistol like a Contender compared to a rifle or a normal pistol sans forend.

The second matter is that eye relief with scopes becomes a major issue. To me, I am thinking that irons or a red-dot is the way to go. Use Binocs for glassing.

Finally, I read up on the Snipe pod. Seems very interesting because it is so lightweight, supportive, and adjustable. Pricey, though.

I was wondering what people though of the telescoping mono-pods vs. bipods with a contender. I've never used either.

Thanks for all the great guidance.

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#188596 - 01/14/18 01:22 AM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: curioushooter]
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Bipods are steadier as you only have to control them forward and backwards as they are steady side to side, but a tad harder to carry. With a monopod you have to control it in all "four" directions but are a bit easier to carry. Both can be substituted for a walking stick in a pinch if folded and held correctly.
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#188598 - 01/14/18 07:58 AM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: Gregg Richter]
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I have used bi tri and monopods and have found a good walking sick to work for me.
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#188607 - 01/14/18 01:10 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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For me, most field positions are easier to use since I put muzzlebrakes on my 309 JDJ Contenders. There is less muzzle flip to distract from a steady hold and smooth squeeze.

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#188620 - 01/14/18 04:40 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: Seminole Wind]
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 Originally Posted By: Seminole Wind
For me, most field positions are easier to use since I put muzzlebrakes on my 309 JDJ Contenders. There is less muzzle flip to distract from a steady hold and smooth squeeze.

A good brake lets you get into more odd positions and or lighter holds without fear of getting smacked.
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#188621 - 01/14/18 04:47 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: Ernie]
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I am not too worried about recoil or anything. I've found that my 14" Super 357 Herrett barrel is very mild shooting. I've been shooting 158 grainers over 21 grains of Win296 for about 1800 FPS over my Chrony.

Perhaps things will get ugly if I decide to put some maxed out 200 grainers downrange, but so far it has been nothing compared to my old Ruger Blackhawk in 44 Magnum which I sold because it kicked so brutally.

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#188636 - 01/15/18 08:24 AM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: curioushooter]
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 Originally Posted By: curioushooter
I've been messing around with a variety of holds. What I am finding is interesting. To begin with, there are just a whole lot more ways one can hold a pistol like a Contender compared to a rifle or a normal pistol sans forend.

The second matter is that eye relief with scopes becomes a major issue. To me, I am thinking that irons or a red-dot is the way to go. Use Binocs for glassing.

Finally, I read up on the Snipe pod. Seems very interesting because it is so lightweight, supportive, and adjustable. Pricey, though.

I was wondering what people though of the telescoping mono-pods vs. bipods with a contender. I've never used either.

Thanks for all the great guidance.



Practice Practice Practice! You are right about the many different ways you can hold/shoot the O`le T/C and there has been plenty of good advice shared to you. You just have to find what works best for you in your shooting situation. I agree with you on the eye relief and traditional scopes. . .it can be a pain in hunting situations, that is why I switched over to a reflex hologram type sight. I only hunt and plink with my handguns, so this works good for me and my style.


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