Originally Posted by wallacem
Hey guys, I have a new Contender bbl, 21" TC, with Leupold 2-7 scope. I loaded up some 120 and 130 gr bullets, went out to try them, and I am getting stinging. From the first bullet, the string goes upward and the 5th bullet is about 4 inches above the first one. Both bullet sizes did the same thing. I got home and was thinking about it, and am thinking it must be a forearm thing. I was holding the forearm all the way up front to rest it. I am wondering if I change the forearm or rest it further back? What do you think based on the limited info. Thanks, Wallacem in Georgia
Wallacem; Contenders stringing shots vertically is not an uncommon or incurable problem. I had a Custom Shop 24 inch 30-30 barrel that would do that consistently and this is what I have done to get mine to be a consistent one inch group performer.
BTW, from my Contender and G2 Contender experience I think you have more of a lockup problem then fore end positioning and pressure problem.
First off if you own a Contender and have never gone to Mike Bellm's web site you are missing out on what it takes to make one of these rifles really shoot. It is http://www.bellmtcs.com/store/index.php?cid=563
go there and read his numerous how to articles, you will be well pleased.
Back to my Contender.
1. I replaced the hinge pin with an oversized hinge pin that has a slight interference fit. Bellm sells these for a couple of bucks; however, I used a 3/8 inch diameter machinistís dowel pin that was just right.
2. Probably the most important thing that improved my accuracy was replacing the locking lug spring with a heavy duty unit. I wound a much stiffer spring on my lathe and the action now locks up like a bank vault. Again Bellm sells these for a couple of bucks.
3. My barrel had one of the one piece locking lugs, if yours is the same go back to TC and they will probably send you one of the newer two piece units for free.
4. If your Contender has a bad trigger go to the Bellm web and he has a section with step to step pictures on how to correct this, if you are not a total clutz you could do this. Donít take that personally, but if you donít want to tackle that yourself call Bellm.
5. I did bed my fore end so that the barrel only touches at the two mounting screws and is free and also that the fore end does not touch the action anywhere.
6. Replace the weak hammer main spring with one of Bellem's heavy duty springs to get reliable ignition. Contenders and Encors are lacking in this area.
Reloading for a break action rifle requires different sizing procedures then what you would use for other type actions to insure adequate case life and to obtain top level accuracy. Again (I hate to sound like a stuck needle) Bellmís web will provide you all the info you need on this. What I do is back my sizing die out a bit and while I am adjusting my sizing die I remove the decaping pin. I will size a case and then insert the case in the chamber, place a .0015 feeler gauge behind the case and try to gently close the action. If it doesnít close move the die down a bit and try it again. Continue doing this until your action will just close on a .0015 feeler gauge and the gauge can be pulled out of the action. Now, lock the die ring and measure the distance between the bottom of the die and your cartridge holder with the feeler gauges and record this just incase you ever change your lock ring position you will be able to come back to the correct setting, this is why I backed out the decaping pin. Now screw your decaping pin back and you are ready to size your cases for best accuracy and case life in a break action rifle. This includes H&Rís.
One last peculiarity with my G2 Contender is that I find that for best accuracy I still need to ďsnapĒ the action closed with a degree of authority.
Where are you in Georgia?