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#189402 - 02/05/18 05:54 AM Silhouette Contenders
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I was reading about the 30-30 14" Contender loads in most of the current manuals and it seems that I have loaded beyond their max loads back in the 80's. The IHMSA was in full swing at that time. I know there was a publication [magazine] showing loads that exceeded any manufactures manual list. I know there were loads in the 30-30AI region listed. I also seem to remember some of the loads were listed by JDJ. Do any of you remember these? I don't believe it was a monthly mag, it might have been something of an IHMSA publication.

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#189403 - 02/05/18 07:58 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: dhom]
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You're probably thinking of "The Silhouette". I was active from 1978 until the late '90's, but don't particularly remember such an article. In any event, the articles were written by members, who were not vetted, and may or may not have had any technical expertise, and no pressure testing equipment.

I shot 14" and 10" .30-30 Contenders in competition a couple times each month until about a year after the 7mm TC/U was introduced in the early '80's, and I switched to it.

I think anyone exceeding loading manual maximums in a .30-30 Contender is making a serious mistake, and will likely stretch their frame, or worse. My best accuracy was always achieved below maximum loads, and rarely failed to knock targets over. I still have and shoot that 14" 1978 gun.

It's your gun, but if you have loads above book maximums, I recommend pulling them down.

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#189418 - 02/05/18 06:27 PM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: 500WE]
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I have always used book loads with my 30-30 10 in. Shoots dime sized groups and every deer I have put the sights on died quickly.The original frame still has the 30-30 barrel on it and is still tight.If I need more power, I have bigger guns.
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#189446 - 02/06/18 06:22 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: junebug]
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Now, I don't hotrod my Contender, but I did try some of those loads back then when I was in my magnum craze. I did not keep track of the loads in writing. I do remember going up to 35 gr/ H4895 with 150's and 165 gr bullets. I used 150 Full Metals boat tails for the rams that I believe were Hornady's with that load. I was getting the clang but they weren't falling. My spotter said I was putting dime size holes in them. After that match I quit with those loads. About that time my sons were getting a little older and didn't want them to load like that so, I threw the book or magazine away. By the way, I still shoot that contender and lucky for me no frame stretch.

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#189526 - 02/08/18 03:46 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: dhom]
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Last July our own cmnash shot a PERFECT 40 at his first IHMSA

match in Lincolnton Ga. He shot his 40 with his ''meat getter''

TC Contender Super 14 in 30-30 Winchester.. He did it with plain

old factory 30-30 Federal Ammo from WallyWorld. Bullets are like

real estate. lts location, location, location that counts....

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#189528 - 02/08/18 06:02 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: sw282]
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 Originally Posted By: sw282
Last July our own cmnash shot a PERFECT 40 at his first IHMSA

match in Lincolnton Ga. He shot his 40 with his ''meat getter''

TC Contender Super 14 in 30-30 Winchester.. He did it with plain

old factory 30-30 Federal Ammo from WallyWorld. Bullets are like

real estate. lts location, location, location that counts....
I wish I could say the same. Congrats on the great shooting!!!!

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#189530 - 02/08/18 06:28 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: dhom]
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Great shooting!
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#189531 - 02/08/18 07:39 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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CMNASH: I RETIRED FROM IHMSA SHOOTING YEARS AGO WITHOUT EVER SHOOTING A 40, GOT VERY CLOSE SEVERAL TIMES, BUT NO 40. A 40 WITH YOUR 30-30 CONTENDER IS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF, CONGRATS.
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#189532 - 02/08/18 08:44 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: 45MAN]
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cmnash shot his ''SECOND FORTY'' this past weekend Feb3 2018

in Gainesville Ga. This time in ''Field Pistol'' for our first

match of the 2018 season.. He's the BEST shot l've ever seen.

Amazing how he uses real HUNTING positions too. None of those

modified IHMSA Creedmore or belly flop positions..

l have been shooting IHMSA since it started in the late 70s..

l have never shot a FORTY either:-(


Edited by sw282 (02/08/18 08:45 AM)

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#189533 - 02/08/18 09:02 AM Re: Silhouette Contenders [Re: sw282]
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http://www.gaihmsa.org/Pages/CGCMRBody.html

Here ya go.. ''Proof''.. Sorry no pics, lts hard to shoot and

take pics too... :-)

0ur first BIG BORE match of 2018 will be in Lincolnton Ga on

the third Sat of March.. lf Matthew shoots another FORTY then

he will be ranked as an INTERNATIONAL SHOOTER in IHMSA in less

than a year. l don't think anyone has EVER done that...

My apologies for the thread distraction

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