I have owned Contenders for a long time. I have barrels in 22 LR, 6mm Bullberry Improved, 6.5X30 JDJ, 35 Bullberry, and 357 Maximum.
I have a CVA Scout in 357 Maximum, and a CVA Optima 50 Cal Muzzle Loader.
I also have my trusty 480 Ruger Super RedHawk.
Well yesterday I picked up a Stainless Steel Encore Frame with the Black Rubber Pistol Grip, and worthless factory forend.
I know that I will need to make an order to Tony for one of his forends in about a 12", equipped with a bipod stud. That gets me to the barrel.
Doing an inventory I have reloading dies suitable for White Tail Deer Hunting with an Encore in:
I have also thought about 7.62X54R with a 308 Bore.
I would think that pretty much everything listed should work at least reasonably well. The 7mm Magnum is probably over kill using a pistol scope, but I do have a 20X Super Sniper with no home at the moment that I could mount and try out.
One consideration might be a super good buy on a used 15" barrel, or a rifle barrel that could be cut off and recrowned to 15".
I have no plans to hunt anything other than White Tail Deer here in Missouri at this time, and steel targets at the Range. I have one Deer Stand that I can shoot out to 300 yards from. I have been limiting my range to 200 yards with a handgun scope so far. At the Range I can shoot all the way out to 800 yards. With a Log Book with Drop Chart Data to 800 yards, I am confident that I can scare our Steel Silhouette at 800 yards with a round that shoots flat.
Lets hear your thoughts on a barrel.
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