My Father has a TC Contender. I just bought him another frame because he hates to take the pistol grip off to put the rifle stock on. He has just been using the pistol feature because of that.
I was wanting to get him a couple more barrels. So far the best deal I can find seems to be Eabco.
I was wanting to get him a 28 Gauge Barrel for the rifle stock, as he has a 410/45 on the pistol.
I was also wanting to get him a 17 HM2 Pistol barrel. My father doesnt like the 14" length of the factory barrels, and really liked the 10" (I believe that it was 10" I bought it back in 1999-2000) match barrel I got him years ago, so I wanted to get him a 10" 17 HM2 barrel for his contender.
TC did make 10" barrels at one time didnt they? could it be that it was a 12"? that is the shortest I see listed on there page anymore.
Man OC thats a big bullet! Have you ever shot anything like that? I guess you'd handload for it right?
Sorry I took so long, I haven't been around lately.
Anyway, yes; this is a reload only proposition; the cheapest ammo I can find is $75 for 20 rounds.
I have a 45/70 I shoot 1300 fps with 500 grain bullets; this will be a fair bit heavier with top loads. They will also make a .458 Lott.
Not sure how much you want to spend or how long you want to wait but, OTT llc. does one really fine job.
The process he uses is one of the most accurate ways of machining chambers and he uses Douglas XX barrel blanks.
I have a .222rem on order. It has been in the works for a few months but is worth the wait. Since I am having him build the chamber to match my dies he has to build the EDM electrodes to my brass and die configuration.
Because you are looking for a 17HM2, it may not take so long as he may have electrodes already made up.
Over the past 24 years I have had Contender Handgun Barrels from SSK Industries (as well as a Factory T/C Barrel rechambered by SSK), Bullberry Barrel Works, Virgin Valley Custom Guns (now Match Grade Machine) and On Target Technologies. In addition I have had more different T/C Factory Barrels than I can remember.
Yes I have had a lemon from one of the custom makers and a couple others that just did not live up to my expectations. As a whole I have had one Factory T/C Barrel that I was not happy with.
To me the biggest factor with a Custom Barrel is in that you can generally get a Custom Barrel chambered for a cartridge that the factory does not chamber for or in a configuration that hte factory does not offer.
Don't get me wrong some of the Custom Barrels I have had have been truly fantastic, but then so have some of the factory barrels I have had.
I just found this forum, lots of good stuff. I've owned a Contender since 84. Great gun but hard to find frame parts, breakdowns and assembly drawings. some of the links above don't go anywhere. Does anybody know some good links? Numerich arms is sold out on most Contender parts.
Doesn't the plant in Rochester, NH have any sort of customer service? I know S&W bought them, but as far as I know they are still right there off of Rt 16/11...
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I have shot several brands and still own a few different brands....
I like Bergara barrels for straight outta the box shooting....Bullberry and Eabco barrels are pretty sweet too.
Mike Bellm is the man when it comes to tricking out a Bergara barrel.
Bergara barrels are made from Shilen barrel craftmanship and are very tight toleranced outta the box; shoot alot better than some other "more expensive" brands I have came across too.
Mike Bellm will take it and rechamber it, muzzle brake it and or set it up even better if you are willing to pay the $$.
All in all he can make one heck if a tack driver outta the Encore if you like.
I got my 2 contender recievers and 3 barrels used at the range I have been going to. The 3 barrels are a 10 inch 44mag., a 10 inch 357 mag., and a 30-30 super 14 with some extra assccories and a hard caseand soft case for the super 14 setup. I had been looking for a while and plan to buy more as I will be ready to retire in less than 18 months and plan to hand load and shoot a lot more then. All the barrels have adjustable sights.
One of the recievers has a problem and will have to be repaired as it jams up loaded or not and is a pain to reopen. Love the way all 3 barrels work and fire in the other reciever.