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Does anyone here own a T/C Contender? Opinions? I'm thinking about a 14" model in 44 mag or 7-30 Waters for deer hunting.
 

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I have a Contender I used in NRA Small Bore Hunter's Pistol and Hunter's Pistol Silhouettes. The .22 LR and .32 H&R Mag barrels served me well and I can say this is easily the most accurate handgun I own.

It is awesome in .44 Mag and 7X30 Waters.

GO FOR IT!

[This message has been edited by CCV (edited 11-25-2001).]
 

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I too shot NRA Silhouette. The contender is a solid gun that shoots and shoots. Never gave me a problem. I have a friend with the 7-30 Waters and he loves it.
 

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I have a ten inch in 7TCU. Almost as accurate as my 15 inch Remington XP100. I literally shot the frame loose, sent it back to TC and they rebuilt the frame and returned it to me in less than two weeks; free-of-charge. My ten-year-old is getting a ten inch .22 for Christmas for smallbore shilouettes.

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The 7-30 is a great cartridge and should give you a better trajectory and increased range as compared to a 44mag. If you handload, I'd opt for the 7-30 in the 14". Personally, I like the shorter barrels and would opt for a 44mag in a 10". I am patiently waiting for the G2 to be released for my next hand gun purchase.

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My TC, 10" 22LR and .357 MAG barrels, is an excellent hand gun, I would recomend it 100%. As much fun as a good 1911 but in a differant way.
 

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I have a Thompson Contender with several barrels, including the 7-30 Waters, whitch is scoped and compensated.Very accurate and effective on deer,coyotes etc.My Bullberry Match Grade barrel works fine on IHMS competition. Contenders are great.
 

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Unless you have a line on a used Contender, I would strongly suggest you get the Encore. The contenders made now (Called GII) have the same trigger and safety as the Encores, but for a few bucks more, the Encore can handle almost any center-fire cartridge and shotgun barrels and muzzle-loaders to boot.

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Good Shooting, MarkCO http://markco.gunsnet.com

[This message has been edited by MarkCO (edited 12-03-2001).]
 

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Oh, I forgot, if you want a .44 Mag, go for the .445 SuperMag. It will handle .44 spl, .44 mag, and the 0.3" longer .445 SM all out of the .44 mag dies. I went for the .414 SuperMag (lengthened .41 Mag). The .414 SM outperforms the .44 Mag with 13% more case capacity. Shoots flat and hits hard. Both are factory offered barrels.

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Go for the Encore...It will enable you to up to .300 Win Mag.

The frame on the Encore is significantly stronger than the Contender. I have the 209 X .50 set up (.50 cal muzzle loader using a #209 shotgun primer for HOT ignition).

I am impressed by the workmanship on the Encore; the walnut is much better than what you usually see on production rifles.
 
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