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Author:  Alderman [ Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:19 pm ]
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Anybody out there shooting Thompson Contenders?

Author:  JD338 [ Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:24 pm ]
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Yup. I have a T/C Contender with Georgia Jim furniture, a 14" Hunter barrel in 7x30 Waters and a 14" SSK Shilen barrel in 6.5 JDJ.
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JD338

Author:  375hh1973 [ Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:56 pm ]
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Not a contender but I just picked up an Encore in 243. 15" barrel. I put a Bushnell Elite 2-6 on it.

Author:  truck driver [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:20 am ]
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I have a Contender with several barrels and looking to have one made up in 300 savage. Thinking it would be better than a 30-30 AI.

Author:  JD338 [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:39 am ]
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truck driver wrote:
I have a Contender with several barrels and looking to have one made up in 300 savage. Thinking it would be better than a 30-30 AI.


The 300 Savage would be very cool.
Will it work in a Contender? What is the SAAMI pressure spec for the 300 Savage?

JD338

Author:  truck driver [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:53 am ]
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Jim I was looking on MGM's web page and they list it for the Contender. I think but not sure that the SAAMI psi is around 46Kpsi. The 300 Savage is supposed to be the same as the 30-30 AI with less pressure to achieve the same results in the Contender from what I've read. A 15" barrel 1-12 twist would handle up to 200gr. bullets. From what I have read over on Marlin the 30-30 AI builds pressure fast and is undetected until you have a problem( case separation) and then it's too late.

Author:  ScreaminEagle [ Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:06 pm ]
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I hope to own a contender one day. Local shop has one in 223 right now. Pretty clean, asking $500

Author:  gemihur [ Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:11 pm ]
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Full-blown addict here
Haven't met a barrel I didn't want/need
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Author:  rodell [ Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:51 pm ]
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I have one in 35 Remington, with barrels in 22 Jet, 22 Hornet, 30-30 and something else I forget.

I also picked up an Encore in 6.5x55 with a 15" barrel, well, just because.

Author:  gemihur [ Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:05 pm ]
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I'm constrained to the 'gentler' calibers but your Swedish 6.5 is a classic!
I do enjoy shootin' the JDJ's, tho.
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Author:  Thebear_78 [ Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:41 pm ]
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There has always been at least one Thompson in the gunsafe.

I have or have had 22 hornet, 223, 7 tcu, 30-30, 35 rem, 44 and my favorite 45/410


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Author:  JD338 [ Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:39 pm ]
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I have a 375 Winchester barrel. The lighting 200 gr Sierra Game King is a hammer on deer.

JD338

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Author:  gemihur [ Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:03 pm ]
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JD338,
I like the idea of the 300 Savage.
I have a 250 Savage that I'm careful to load for. (only to 39,000 psi)
It shoots like nothing else I own.
Love them quarterbores
Thanks,
Jimmy
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Author:  JD338 [ Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:18 pm ]
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Jimmy,

I like that 250-3000 Contender.
A 300 Savage in the Contender loaded up with a 125 gr BT would be a killing machine on WT deer.

JD338

Author:  gemihur [ Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:54 am ]
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I believe the 25 functions at lower pressure than the 300
300 Savage = 46,000 psi
250 Savage = 45,000 psi
30-30 Win = 42,000 psi
30-30 AI = ?
I considered Ackley but figured I would enjoy little gain or relief from it's use.
For my 30's, the 308 Bellm is king.
Thanks
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Author:  cloverleaf [ Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:16 pm ]
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Oh in a 250 Savage... I'd likely shoot the mirror off the "rolling ground blind" :) CL

Author:  filmjunkie4ever [ Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:31 pm ]
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Sadly I have owned two over the years and sold both. The first was a .44 Rem Mag with 10” barrel. It came with a spare barrel in .223 Rem.

The second was a Super 14 with Hogue grips in .30-30 with a spare 10” barrel in .357 Magnum.

Of those the .30-30 was by far my favorite! But I sold them and that’s that.




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Author:  gemihur [ Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:49 am ]
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Once you get your hands on a contender NEVER let go of the frame.
The barrels can be negotiated with always.
But the frame is the 'motor' for that little 'machine'.
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