Thompson Contender

sandwarrior

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204 would be a fun round to try out great velocity and super low recoil. The 223 could be loaded down to accomplish this also just have to reload
204 has a larger capacity than the .223. Albeit, you can't shoot as heavy of bullets, so maybe it's a wash. Anything necked up from the .204 is gonna get you into the realm of too much recoil. That is just my findings for me, not everyone else. Personally, I think the idea of blowing the shoulder forward on the .204 is awesome. I'm just not so good at holding on to that much recoil over 50 rds. in a day anymore.

Added: I only mean recoil in a handgun. Hell yeah, I need a .204 and a 6mm-204 in a rifle. Maybe even a 6.5 and a 7mm.

Added II: Per gemihur's post above, The ultimate would be what ever bullet diameter you stick in the .204 case improved. Remember the body is longer in the .204 than the .223 or .222RM.
 
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I started with just a few. Now they seem to multiply.

Out of shorter barrels I like .221 Fireball, .30 Harrett, .300Blk/Whisper, 6.5TCU, 6.5 JDJ, 6.5Bullberry Imp. .44Mag, .357Max, .35Rem...

HA! For the life of me I couldn't quite tell what you had. Then I see it's individual pistol bags with various pistols/barrels! 😁😁:love:😜😍
 
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sirhrmechanic

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I have about 8 barrels... I bottom feed for them. If I can pick up a new cal cheap... game on.

Favorites are a .357 that I cut off and threaded for suppressor. Whisper quiet.

And a .17 Rem which leaves vapor trails.

The most insane is a ported .45/70, which almost got me my first handgun deer. Had there not been a 4” tree in the way. That still has the scar. I visit it every year when hunting in oh. Doe walked away. With a concussion, I am sure. How that tree jumped into my line of sight I still can’t explain!

Contenders are more fun than a ‘barrel’ of monkeys. Barrel. Get it???

Cheers, Sirhr
 

lash

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Indeed a gentleman's perspective.
... and entertaining.
Thank you, Sir.
I like wood ... shown here is a Gonic GA-90 20" Bbl in 45 caliber
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Don't underestimate the driving force behind a 45 cal projectile. I once killed a small buck with a maxi fired from my Kentucky rifle even though the bullet struck a 4" dogwood and split into fragments.
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First off, I just want to say how impressed I am with your collection of Contenders, what I have seen so far. Second, I’ll second your observation regarding the power of a .45 caliber black powder rifle projectile. When I was young, my Dad built a Pennsylvania Dutch flintlock long rifle from a Dixie Gunworks Kit. He upgraded a few parts, including the stock which he made from a beautiful piece of Birdseye maple he had.

As teens, we would take it out and practice on things. After seeing a cast .45 round ball split a 4” tree we did a penetration test in our own way. We shot at a 6” thick block of pine in front of a maple stump from 50 yards. That ball went clean through the 6” block and buried itself 2” into the maple stump. We were impressed.

That rifle went on to be used to take more than a little game around our place.
 

diggler1833

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I ended up with dad's Contender and a half dozen 10" barrels for it.

.223 is so what hit and miss as the hammer is not always strong enough to pop every primer. When it does pop, you get a most impressive fireball. I've got Contender specific handloads now.

.30-30 is great for developing a flinch. If you like powerful handguns, its probably a good option. 500ft/lb is my threshold between something I want to shoot 6 or 50 times.

.357 is a .357. Nothing amazing, but you will get a little extra velocity.

.22 is awesome! I load shorts or the super quiet CCI stuff for letting my 2 and 4 year old shoot with me...they love it.

.45/410 makes for a handy snake gun I suppose. I've killed one dove with it...no snakes.
 

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Anyone shooting a 35 Rem? I picked up a 14” barrel and been working on both cast 190gr flat points and 200gr Nosler Accubonds with mixed results. Load for a dozen other calibers but short any experience with the 35. Factory recoil is doable with Pachmayrs, though don’t think I need 1875fps for it to be effective. Any advice appreciated.
 

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advice? make sure you have pachmayrs and earplugs. and dont fire it inside-or you’ll piss your pants and forget your name for about 30-40 seconds

i had a 14” 35 remington. i had rynite handgun grips, and that bastard was NASTY.
 
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Cclary60

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I still don’t understand why people get worked up over the contender platform.

Personally, I want 10 rifles in 10 different calibers.

Not one rifle that I can change to 10 different calibers.
 

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You can still get your 10 rifles AND a contender that shoots a multitude of calibers.
It's just a specialty design that implores the significance of the first shot being the all important one.
It offers it's own set of constraints further mandating your understanding of pressures and twist in relation to bullet weight and loads.
It's probably not the best platform for the casual shooter.
... a man's got to know his limitations.
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the 357 is my favorite hunting round the 7-30 is splendidly accurate and the local fox/woodchuck populations fear it. Owning a contender pistol had been a dream since boyhood when a friends father owned one. Had a very good deal on one fall into my lap just before Christmas some years back, I have not been let down!
The OP asked for ways to improve hold/ lessen wobble, I added a lanyard ring to bottom of grip and use a single point sling that added third point of contact really helps with walking around shots or sighting in and is amazing to use in a tree stand!
 
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