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 Post subject: Time for a change
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:17 pm 

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Since I just retired this year I have lots more time to shoot. Wiped the dust off the Thompson Contender in 7-30 Waters. Took it to the range and shot 130 gn Sierra ssp. Off the bench groups were .465 - .731 with Reloader 15. But Sierra doesn’t make those bullets anymore and I really like the BT’s in 120 gn so got some reloading to do.

But the new deal is that I am having a muzzle brake put on the Contender. It really doen’t need one, but I would like to try one on this caliber barrel. Hoping to take a little of the sting out of my left index finger getting thumped when I shoot.

Next business is figuring out a way to get a very steady rest for hunting. I came up with an idea of taking a couple off those adjustable clamp deals, with the trigger adjustment and attaching them to a small piece of countertop (left over). Then it can be clamped to the window sill of a hunting shack. Put a small shooting bag on it to rest the pistol. But this won’t work in a pop up blind so I gotta figure out something else for that. We hunt fields and i’d Like to be solid out to 200 yds.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:35 pm 
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I put a sling stud in the forearm and attached a tall bi-pod so I could shoot it from sitting.
I also put a muzzle brake on one and it was so load I couldn't stand it so I took it off.
The added weight helps with the muzzle flip.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:38 pm 

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I know it will be loud, but I wear electronic muffs / hearing protection even when hunting w/ a handgun. So hopefully it will not be an issue.

Good idea about attaching the pistol to the shooting sticks, I’ll have to try that out.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:01 pm 
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Long,

I use shooting sticks with my Contender for hunting but my shots are 100 yards or less when hunting. This is my 375 Winchester which has a brake on it. I use ear plugs so I don't have any issues.
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Hunting accuracy off the sticks seems to be ok for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:34 pm 
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That looks nice JD. I had to use a short forearm to get the best accuracy out of mine or at least it seems to prefer less wood on it.
I had the trigger and hammer engagement areas polished in my and then electroless nickle plated the frame, lightened the springs and man did that slick up the trigger pull.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:53 pm 

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I’ve shot a small 10 pt and a doe years ago with my contender but it was off of a solid rest where I wired up 2 poplar poles, like a bench,and had a bag rest on them. It worked great but not too portable lol. I’ve tried the shooting sticks but the wiggle drives me nuts. Maybe I just need to practice a lot more with them.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:49 am 
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The key is practice. I don't have any problem hitting a water bottle at 300 yards off the bench with the 6.5 JDJ. With the shooting sticks, 100 yards is all I have ever shot.
Something I will have to work on once the new house is done.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:05 am 
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