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#200372 - 06/28/19 09:55 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: abner]
short30
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I had a short 30-30 barrel made for an encore frame. I did some bullet testing (posted here on HH) and my main take away was I was not able to drive the bullet fast enough and be comfortable shooting them. I had some less than perfect performance especially with Nosler BT 125 grain BUT I did not drive them to the velocity specified by Nosler so my bad not the bullets. Search for the topic (couple years ago) but the 110/120 grain TAC-TX black tipped bullets were awesome. YMMV - good luck


Edited by short30 (07/15/19 01:33 PM)
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#200428 - 06/30/19 06:25 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: abner]
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If you are limiting to 75 yards any of the straight wall cases will work great too in a 10 inch barrel.
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#200677 - 07/14/19 06:32 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: abner]
Buckshotharris
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Artemis444, I have a 10" TC Bull Barrel w/iron sights that I am no longer using. RCBS Dies too. PM me if interested.

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#200684 - 07/15/19 12:51 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: abner]
Bob Roach
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My 2 Cents.
I would go with a 14" barrel to get more velocity.
If you reload I would go 30-30AI, and gain a little more velocity over a standard 30-30. You can always shoot factory ammo in the AI chamber.
I am not a fan of short barrels in Contenders. I also want a quality 10 Inch forend such as made by Tony's Stocks or Bullberry.

I totally agree on liking your chosen gun.
I have went through several over the years arriving at the ones I am happy with.

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#200687 - 07/15/19 08:58 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: Bob Roach]
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Ditto on what Bob said.

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#200689 - 07/15/19 09:51 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: abner]
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Not to muddy the water. Consider a 14 inch 309 JDJ. You already have the 444 brass, just a matter of sizing and fire-forming.
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#200690 - 07/15/19 10:19 AM Re: TC Contender [Re: Buck_358]
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I love the 30-30AI and a 309jdj should be great as well, but with more powder burnt and recoil. I also like 14?+ barrels.
BUT if wanting a small package 10? rig other cartridges may be better. 300 whisper(aka blackout) and 30 herrett would be a couple more nice choices. I think a 10? 30-30 might be fun to play with. 🤔
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#200719 - 07/18/19 05:41 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: Artemis444]
billa
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Lots if great suggestions here. It seems you are looking for a smaller carry alternative to your hammer of a 444. Considering that I see why you are going 10inch and perhaps a round with less recoil. I have hunted and competively shot with many Contenders from 8 inch to 15 inch with irons and various optics and While I love my 14 inch guns I would prefer a 10 inch if my hunting was in tight cover with shots always under 75 yards as you note. The 10 inch guns are much easier to shoot offhand and to carry in a holster. What optics are you considering?
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#200720 - 07/19/19 02:11 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: billa]
Artemis444
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 Originally Posted By: billa
Lots if great suggestions here. It seems you are looking for a smaller carry alternative to your hammer of a 444. Considering that I see why you are going 10inch and perhaps a round with less recoil. I have hunted and competively shot with many Contenders from 8 inch to 15 inch with irons and various optics and While I love my 14 inch guns I would prefer a 10 inch if my hunting was in tight cover with shots always under 75 yards as you note. The 10 inch guns are much easier to shoot offhand and to carry in a holster. What optics are you considering?


You nailed it! I LOVE my 444 and it is a bullseye gun at 100+ yards ALL DAY. BUT... I have to carry a good tripod and everything else in with me. 14in barrel with scope yada yada, its a little heavy for offhand shooting. I am wanting something so I can pack a little lighter on my hunts and shoot offhand.

I do not currently have the time or money to reload (Young Family)

So What am I really wanting???

TC Contender
Iron Sights (Fiber Optic Preferred)
Shorter barrel than my 14in 444 (No longer than 10in)
Stable Offhand shooting
Good selection of FACTORY AMMO (Hopefully cheaper than my 444)
Good Reliable Deer Cartridge (Max of 50-75 Yards)

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#200721 - 07/19/19 02:21 PM Re: TC Contender [Re: Artemis444]
Artemis444
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I was considering going back to a 44 Mag with an 8-10in barrel. Which is what my 444 was to begin with. I felt with the 14in barrel it would be fun to have a 444.

P.S. I Was Right HAHAHA

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