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#196153 - 11/25/18 11:27 AM New Barrel for the Contender
BRASF0311
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I recently scored a brand new, in the box, 10" Octagonal T/C Contender barrel chambered in 45 Colt.

This barrel has not been reamed to 410, and I got it for a song from ebay.

With the external straight rifled choke tube removed, the remaining ported barrel is only 8", and very light.

I modified the factory forend to accept the single point attachment on the barrel. To my surprise, the barrel is fully free floated with my modification. Lucky me.
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I also replaced the original rear sight with the newest style rear sight.

The only complaint I've read about these barrels is that the recoil is excessive compared to it's same length bull barrel counterpart.

I cant wait to get a chance to shoot it. I believe I'll start with standard 45 Colt loads, before trying any of the heavy loads.

Does anyone else have any experience with these older octagon barrels?

It's hard to see to octagon barrel with the forend swallowing it up.




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#196740 - 12/22/18 01:26 AM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: BRASF0311]
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I saw a few Hot-Shot shells for one a while back.
I am sure they are pretty rare now days.
With the light weight it will start being a handful in a hurry if you start winding it up.
The hardest kicking Contender I ever fired was one of those in 30-30. Plain Nasty!

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#196741 - 12/22/18 07:07 AM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: Bob Roach]
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There?s a few still kicking around, I run into them pretty often.

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#196749 - 12/23/18 02:15 AM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: racksmasher1]
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Most brutal recoiling gun I have ever owned was a TC Contender

10'' pencil/0ctagon barrel in 44 magnum.. Proceed with caution!

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#196753 - 12/23/18 07:41 AM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: sw282]
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 Originally Posted By: sw282
Most brutal recoiling gun I have ever owned was a TC Contender

10'' pencil/0ctagon barrel in 44 magnum.. Proceed with caution!
Mine can be a handful with heavy bullets.

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#197506 - 01/30/19 08:00 PM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: racksmasher1]
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Brought this back up to see if you ever got around to trying your barrel out. I purchased one yesterday missing the choke tube in .44 mag. 8 1/4 in. Shot it today with some 110 gr 44 specials SWEET, then some 180 gr 44 specials SWEET,then on to the 240 gr .44 specials nice, then the bigger dogs 240 .44 mags DAMN, DAMN, DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!300 gr next, HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THAT PUPPY MOVES AROUND,FAST!
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#197509 - 01/30/19 09:05 PM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: junebug]
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I'm not exaggerating...the octagoned 44 mag old school contender that I've shot recoiled more than my Encore in 500 S&W...put that into perspective

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#197510 - 01/30/19 10:39 PM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: Franchise]
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Looks like my Encore with a 9" MGM barrel in 357.


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#197513 - 01/31/19 09:06 AM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: ruger4570]
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Looks like it would be a nice close in hunting/woods loafing pistol with reasonable velocity pumpkin balls. Without the mass of a bigger barrel, I bet it will rotate skyward quickly!
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#197528 - 01/31/19 08:11 PM Re: New Barrel for the Contender [Re: ruger4570]
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 Originally Posted By: ruger4570
Looks like my Encore with a 9" MGM barrel in 357.


I just ordered a 10" .357 Mag barrel from MGM 2 days ago.
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