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Contender pistols #202118 09/22/2019 10:08 PM
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What cartridge and barrel length is your automatic go to when the T/C Contender pistol comes out for deer/big game hunting?

Personally, I cannot just pick one.

12 inch 357 Max gets the nod in heavy timber with 190 grain Ranch Dog cast bullet with gas check.

15 inch 30-30 Ackley gets the nod for open country with 160 grain Hornady Lever Evolution bullet.

Been wanting to try some Hornady 140 GMX designed for 30-30.






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Re: Contender pistols [Re: Mr. Bisley] #202119 09/22/2019 10:34 PM
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.45/.410 (10in)
.445 super Mag (10in)
.44 Mag Hunter Model (12in)

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.223 Rem (13in)
.357 Mag (10in)
.30-30 AI (13in)
.35 Rem (14in)

The .30-30 AI is probably my most practical Deer/Pig option. But, I really like the .445 Super Mag. Just depends on the terrain.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: Zee] #202120 09/22/2019 11:03 PM
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When i was deer hunting i used my 14? 35rem rimmed the most because its such a powerhouse.
I love the 14? 30-30AI and i could do just fine with it. It actually makes a better overall hunting gun for the area imo. Not too big.....not too little.

Also have 357max contender and 7-08 encore which are great. I still used the 35rem most.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: KYODE] #202121 09/23/2019 12:30 AM
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I like my 44 mag sweet 14 for woods hunting and early and late but my 30 30 sweet 14 for around fields.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: REDHAWK1954] #202122 09/23/2019 1:01 AM
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14" .309 JDJ, 3-12 Burris BPlex, 150 BT for deer. 165 BT ,165X for bigger stuff.

Re: Contender pistols [Re: KYODE] #202123 09/23/2019 1:16 AM
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 Originally Posted By: KYODE
When i was deer hunting i used my 14? 35rem rimmed the most because its such a powerhouse.
I love the 14? 30-30AI and i could do just fine with it. It actually makes a better overall hunting gun for the area imo. Not too big.....not too little.

Also have 357max contender and 7-08 encore which are great. I still used the 35rem most.


KYODE

I have a 15? Bullberry barrel in 357 Herrett. Anything out to 200 yards usually doesn?t go very far after being thumped by a 200 grain bullet.

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Ive killed deer with a little of everything, but that 35 just impressed me lol.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: KYODE] #202126 09/23/2019 1:58 AM
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FACTORY: 30-30.

WILDCAT: If I had to pick just one it would be the .309 JDJ; if I could choose two they would be 6.5 JDJ and .375 JDJ. No "need" for anything else! lol







Re: Contender pistols [Re: Gregg Richter] #202130 09/23/2019 11:30 AM
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WITH CONTENDERS, I HAVE KILLED DEER WITH A 10 INCH 300 WHISPER, A 14 INCH 6.5JDJ AND A 12 INCH 357 MAX, AND, IN A PRM XL 15 INCHER IN 375JDJ, THE LATTER I RECHAMBERED TO 376 STEYR. FOR DEER, WITH WHAT I HAVE IN CONTENDER CALIBERS, A VERY EASY CHOICE: 6.5JDJ.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: 45MAN] #202131 09/23/2019 11:36 AM
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For deer and similar size game, my choice is the .257 JDJ with 100 gr. bullets. For the largest game, a .375 JDJ is my choice.

Re: Contender pistols [Re: 500WE] #202135 09/23/2019 2:30 PM
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I have a drawer full of contender barrels, but if I had to choose, I would take my .30-30 AI. I run the discontinued 130gr Hornady SSP in it, but I've also had good luck with Sierra 150gr spire point.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: Russell] #202141 09/23/2019 5:15 PM
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.358 jdj 14 in, 35 Rem 14 in,30-30 10 in,45-70 12 in Sometimes it just comes down to which one I have [proper hunting ammo] loaded for or which stand I will hunt that day. My favorite barrel will always be the 30-30 had it the longest and it was my competition barrel for IHMSA.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: Mr. Bisley] #202142 09/24/2019 12:44 AM
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The 358 JDJ has been my go to big game Contender since 1981. Deadly on just about anything out to 200 yards.


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: billa] #202148 09/24/2019 3:18 AM
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This one 357 Max for Short Range:


Or This one 6.5 BB IMP for LONG Range:


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Re: Contender pistols [Re: tred1956] #202156 09/24/2019 10:40 AM
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My G-2 barrels are 14"


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 Originally Posted By: Ernie
My G-2 barrels are 14"


Ernie what?s your go to cartridge(?s) in your Contender?

Re: Contender pistols [Re: Mr. Bisley] #202164 09/24/2019 7:31 PM
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 Originally Posted By: Mr. Bisley
 Originally Posted By: Ernie
My G-2 barrels are 14"


Ernie what?s your go to cartridge(?s) in your Contender?


22lr and 7x30 Waters


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