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Old 08-01-2011, 11:18 AM
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I have an older Contender frame and several 10" barrels that work fine in it. I recently bought a 14" barrel and while it seems to fit fine, it opens hard. I called T/C and the nice lady informed me I would have to send in the receiver frame and ALL barrels (@$75 per barrel IIRC). Why would I need to send in the barrels that work? Can anyone recommend an easy fix for this problem? TIA.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:43 PM
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Might be easy to determine the area that is causing the difficult opening by using a good lubricant in strategic areas one area at a time. I assume it closes easy? Are there any marks or rubbed areas forming where in the lock area? I wonder if it is hard to pull back the trigger guard or to break open the chamber once it is pulled back?
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:16 AM
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I have an older Contender frame and several 10" barrels that work fine in it. I recently bought a 14" barrel and while it seems to fit fine, it opens hard. I called T/C and the nice lady informed me I would have to send in the receiver frame and ALL barrels (@$75 per barrel IIRC). Why would I need to send in the barrels that work? Can anyone recommend an easy fix for this problem? TIA.
Mazo,

This is a long-standing issue with older Contender frames/barrels. It has to do with how the action locks up, and the pivot point in the frame, itself.

Your new barrel has a split locking lug, where each side of the lug can move independently. Your older barrels have a solid locking lug. A frame that has not be updated will work well-enough with older barrels that have also not been updated, but NOT with newer barrels...as you've found, it takes a lot of pressure to get the action open.

After you send the action and barrels in to be upgraded, every barrel will open easily, even better than the original design. Your only other option is to get a newer frame to fit the newer barrel.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:05 AM
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Mazo,

This is a long-standing issue with older Contender frames/barrels. It has to do with how the action locks up, and the pivot point in the frame, itself.

Your new barrel has a split locking lug, where each side of the lug can move independently. Your older barrels have a solid locking lug. A frame that has not be updated will work well-enough with older barrels that have also not been updated, but NOT with newer barrels...as you've found, it takes a lot of pressure to get the action open.

After you send the action and barrels in to be upgraded, every barrel will open easily, even better than the original design. Your only other option is to get a newer frame to fit the newer barrel.
Thanks for the replies. I guess the reason to send ALL barrels is so that when the frame is modified to the new barrel that the older barrels have to be modified as well to fit the frame. I thought maybe there would be a way to stone off some of the offending part so as to make it easier to open. Hmmmm, maybe I'll just sell the 14" barrel and try to find one in 10".
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:53 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I guess the reason to send ALL barrels is so that when the frame is modified to the new barrel that the older barrels have to be modified as well to fit the frame. I thought maybe there would be a way to stone off some of the offending part so as to make it easier to open. Hmmmm, maybe I'll just sell the 14" barrel and try to find one in 10".
What caliber is the 14" barrel chambered in? Maybe we could work out a deal?

Make sure the 10" barrel you get has the correct locking lugs or you'll be right back in the same boat. It's pretty easy to tell them apart, if you know what to look for, but don't assume the shorter barrel will automatically be the right design. Many older Contender barrels have been retrofitted, at this point, so the smart money is on getting your frame and other barrels upgraded. Just sayin'...
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