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Old 02-10-2010, 03:50 AM
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I would like to put together a spreadsheet of the various cartridges we all use in the Contender, Encore, XP-100, Wichita, etc. I will compile the data and make it available, once the sample size is big enough.

Please let me know which Make/Action, Cartridge, Load and Target/Game your single-shot pistols are used for, in the following format:

Make/Action - Cartridge - Factory/handload - Target/Game hunted

T/C Contender - 44Magnum - 240gr XTP HL - Deer, wild hogs
T/C Contender - 6.5JDJ - 120gr BT HL - Deer, varmints
T/C Contender - 30Herrett - 125gr BT HL - Deer, target/fun
T/C Contender - 7-30Waters - 140gr BT HL - Deer, wild hogs

T/C Encore - 260Rem. - 120gr BR HL - Deer, target/fun

Thanks in advance to any who choose to participate!

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Old 02-10-2010, 08:25 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I'm hoping if we get enough folks to post with what they own/use, we'll be able to help new people, or those with questions about which cartridge is ideal for their particular needs.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:44 PM
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cartridge choices

Thanks broom-jm for starting this. It will sure help out greenhorns like me. Steve
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:03 PM
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T/C Encore 30-06 180 grain speer bullets. Deer-target-fun shooting
T/C contender 223 most any bullets. Target, varmint, crows
T/C contender 7TCU cast 140 grain bullets. Target

and I need

T/C contender 45-70 405 grain cast bullets bear and deer
T/C contender 30-30 for deer
T/C encore 338-06 long range target, deer
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:59 PM
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Is this really all we have from guys shooting single-shot pistols, or was this just a lame idea for a thread?
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:27 PM
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well i've got...

t/c encore .223 50gr handloads, target/varmint
t/c encore 7/08 120-154gr handloads, varmint, deer/pronghorn & target
t/c encore 45 colt (15", NO .410) 250gr fxt, deer/pronghorn

just today i dropped off the 7/08 bbl. at the local smith's to machine the chamber so that i can use either 307 or 444 brass to make a "rimmed 7/08"

on the "list"... either a 260 or 6.5x55 15'', a 375 winchester and a 25/35AI. i've got so many 6.5 component bullets and brass on hand that i can easily justify picking up a bbl. i've admired the 375 win for as long as i can remember and i just can't escape the feeling that a 25/35AI with a 117gr hornady btsp would be a wonderfull deer & pronghorn cartridge.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:34 PM
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mmr lone eagle .30\06 150grn nosler ballistic deer, cans
mmr lone eagle .22\250 45gr whatever varmits
savage 510 striker >243 win nosler 70gr ballistic 100gr hornady anything that moves
tc contender >45\70 350gr hornady bear and boar
tc contender .22 k hornet 35grn hornady squirrel
tc contender .223 casing gun for my tcu
tc contender 7mm tcu 120 gr hornady paper
remington xp-100 7mm benchrest paper
tc contender .410 rabbits and you have to use the sites 8"pattern at 25yds
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:18 PM
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I am going to add barrel length. Might be an interesting factor for your sheets.

T/CC - 14 in - .222 Rem - 50 gr Bal-Tip - HL - target/fun

T/CC - 14 in - .30 Carbine - 110 spire - HL - target/fun

T/CC - 14 in - .357 Herrett - 180 XTP - HL - target/fun

T/CC - 14 in - .41 GNR II - 210 XTP - HL - target/fun

T/CC - 14 in - .375 Win - 200 Sierra/220 Hornady - HL - Deer, target, fun

T/CC - 14 in - .44 Mag - 240 XTP - HL - Deer, target, fun

T/CC - 14 in - .45-70 - 300 Horhady HP - HL - Deer, target, not a lot of fun

T/CC - 16 1n - 7x30 Waters - 100 hornady/ 140 Bal-Tip - HL - PDogs, deer, target, fun
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:43 AM
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Thanks for the latest submissions. That makes a total of 29 entries, so far. Anybody else?

Fred, how do you like the .41GNR II ? I shoot a 358GNR, but it is out of a 22" H&R frame.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:31 AM
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I like it a lot. It is very accurate, will do 5 shots in an inch at 100 yards. Brass is made from .445 Super Mag. I believe I am using 30 grains of 296 under a 210 XTP as per Gary. Took one buck with it, chest cavity was full of chum! Gary correctly recommended his brake. I call the gun the dragon's breath. A moment after you fire it a soft puff of warm exhaust caresses your face. Hearing protection is a must!

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Old 02-22-2010, 01:18 PM
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The 358GNR is basically the same thing, but necked down to shoot .358 bullets. Again, it is a 22" H&R, not a pistol, but it makes for a legal "rifle" to hunt deer with in Indiana. I've been pretty happy with the accuracy but I'm still working on loads for it. Waiting for the weather to warm up a bit before I do a lot more shooting.
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:06 PM
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Single shot

In the Contender/G2
14" 30-30
14" 22 Hornet
14" 45/70
14" 41 Mag
14"375 Win
14" 221 FireBall
14"17M2

10" 357 Max
10" 45lc
10" 45lc/410 to 2.875" 9.3x74r+"long 45LC case"
10" 221 FireBall
10" 357 mag
12" 22 match
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:45 PM
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In the Contender/G2
14" 30-30
14" 22 Hornet
14" 45/70
14" 41 Mag
14"375 Win

10" 357 Max
10" 45lc
10" 45lc/410 to 2.875" 9.3x74r+"long 45LC case"
Jim
Jim, do you handload for these? I'd like to keep the spreadsheet filled with each category of information, including what bullets are loaded and what the barrels are most used for.
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Contender 45-70; 15 inch; 300 gr. to 500 gr.; handload; deer sized up.
Contender .309 JDJ; 12 inch; 150 gr. Nolser BT; handload; coyote size up to deer size.
Encore .50 Alaskan; 12 inch; 350 gr. to 700 gr.; handloads; deer size and up, long range target.

Updated to add: Savage 516 Striker. .308 Winchester (14 inch) as base pistol and spare barrel, main barrel is .458 SOCOM, 14 inch. 100 to 600 gr.; handloads; deer and up out to 200 yards maximum, depending on bullet of course. This particular pistol is not a single shot though but pretty close. Three shot (2+1) in .308 and two shot (1+1) in .458 SOCOM.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:41 PM
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Contender: 223, 223AI, 30-30AI
MOA Maximum: 22-250AI, 6mm-6.5x47 Lapua, 260 Rem, 6.5-284, 7mm Remington Magnum Improved
XP-100 6x47 Lapua, 243 Win, 6mm-284, 250 Savage AI, 6.5-284, 6.5 WSM, 7mm SAUM, 7mm Dakota, 338 Lapua Improved.
Rear grip Bat action: 6.5WSM
Soon to own: FA Single-Shot handgun: 223 Rem, and 6.5x55 Swede
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T/CC - 14 in - .223 Rem - 55 gr. Nosler - HL - Pdogs, plinking

T/CC - 14 in - 7-30 Waters - 120 gr. Nosler - HL - Deer, Antelope, Predators

T/CC - 14 in - 35 Remington - 200 gr. Rn - HL - Deer, Elk

T/CC - 10 in - 7mm TCU - 120 gr. Nosler - HL - Pdogs, plinking

T/CC - 10 in - 10mm - 180 gr. Hornady - HL - Target, plinking
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Contender: 223, 223AI, 30-30AI
MOA Maximum: 22-250AI, 6mm-6.5x47 Lapua, 260 Rem, 6.5-284, 7mm Remington Magnum Improved
XP-100 6x47 Lapua, 243 Win, 6mm-284, 250 Savage AI, 6.5-284, 6.5 WSM, 7mm SAUM, 7mm Dakota, 338 Lapua Improved.
Rear grip Bat action: 6.5WSM
Soon to own: FA Single-Shot handgun: 223 Rem, and 6.5x55 Swede
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Is it safe to presume you handload for all/most of those? Are they all hunting guns, target, freak out the neighbors?
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Ernie,
Is it safe to presume you handload for all/most of those? Are they all hunting guns, target, freak out the neighbors?
Jim,
I handload for all of these.
I hunt, varminting, plink, compete, and target shoot with all of them.

Of course, some do not lend themselves to big game, but I have used some of the larger ones for prairie dogs though.

I enjoy long-range shooting, so most of these barrels have a fast twist for the caliber to use the higher BC bullets.
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Remington XP-100 .221 Fireball: primarily varmints (and one deer)
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T/C Con. 14" 30-30 Win. -125 gr.Sierra SP, 125-150-165 gr BTs , Deer,targets,fun

T/C Con. 14" 44 mag. -200 gr XTP, 220 gr Sierra FPM, 310 gr WNFP CG(Trueshot), 320 gr. WFN CG (Cast Performance) and a bunch of others at one time or another for- Deer, targets, and lots of fun

T/C Con. 12" 357 mag -125 gr. SP Sierra, 140,158,180 gr. XTPs, 180 Cast Perf. CGs, 158 gr. RN FN (Laser-Cast)- This is a new one and so far, FUN and targets, but God willin, I'll deer hunt with it
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