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Old October 12, 2012, 02:37 AM   #1
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T.C. Contender Owners

How manny calibers did you own .My first frame was made in 1973.
357 MAG HOT SHOT
44 MAG OCTAGON .OUCH
44 MAG SUPER 14
222 REM.10 IN
22 LR X 2
22 MAG X2
3030 WIN
357 MAX
357 MAG X2
7 MM TCU
30 CARBINE
7/30 WATERS
22 LR MATCH 14"
223 REM 14"
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Old October 12, 2012, 06:23 AM   #2
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357 mag
357 max
41 mag
7 TCU
45/410
357 hot shot
256 win
25-35
22 lr
22 mag
7 Ingram
223
221 Fireball
30 Herrett

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Old October 12, 2012, 06:29 AM   #3
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22 LR Match 14"
22 K Hornet 10"
6mm TCU 14"
7mm TCU 10"
7-30 Waters 14"
357 Max 10"
357 Max 14" ( trying to decide which to keep)
35 Rem 14"
44 mag 14"

And 2 gen. 1 frames.
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Old October 12, 2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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357 max both.
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Old October 12, 2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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357 Max
357 Mag
45 LC
410 Shot
22 LR.

Mine is an older one. Lots of fun but boy it is slow to shoot much!
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Old October 12, 2012, 08:26 AM   #6
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.357 mag 7" & 10"
.22 Hornet 10"
.22 WMR 10"
.22 lr 10" octagon
.35 Rem 21"? or was it 18"?
.22 lr match 21"

Had some other Encore barrels.
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Old October 12, 2012, 07:19 PM   #7
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6.5 Grendel My one and only (so far)

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Old October 12, 2012, 08:05 PM   #8
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.17 Hornet
.17 K-Hornet
,17 Bee
.22 LR
.22 Mag
.22 Jet
.221 Fireball
.22 CCM
.222 Remington
.223 Remington
.218 Bee
,22 Hornet
25-20 Win
.256 Mag
,270 REN
6mm TCU
6.5 TCU
6.5 Ingram
7mm TCU
7mm Ingram
7mm IHMSA
7-30 Waters
7mm Supermag
30-30 Win
.32-20
.32 H&R
.30 Carbine
.300 Whisper
.30 Herrett
.357 Herret
44-357 B&D
.38 Special
.38 Super
9mm Luger
9mm Win Mag
.357 Mag
.357 Max
.35 Rem
10 MM Auto
.41 Mag
.44 Mag
.45 Colt
.445 Supermag
.45 ACP
.45 Win Mag
.45-70

Have duplicate calibers in barrel lengths of 6", 6-1/2", 8", 10" & Super 14". Some are octagon, some tapered bull, or straight bull barrel. Most are blued, but have the Armor Alloy barrels & some stainless steel. Also have some non-factory custom calibers.
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Old October 12, 2012, 08:40 PM   #9
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22lr
32 H&R (picture)
256
222
223

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Old October 12, 2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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ooooooh! that's some nice wood!
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Old October 12, 2012, 09:07 PM   #11
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Thanks.
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Old October 13, 2012, 03:44 AM   #12
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1. 22 short
2. 22 LR
3. 22 mag
4. 17 mkii
5. 22 hornet
6. 218 bee
7. 221
8. 223
9. 6tcu
10. 256 win
11. 7tcu
12. 30 mauser
13. 30-20
14. 30 herrett
15. 30-30
16. 30-30 AI
17. .357 mag
18. .357 max
19. .357 Herrett
20. .35 rem
21. .358 Super Bower
22. 44mag
23. 444 marlin
24. 45/410
25. 45-70
26. 7-30 Waters

I think that's it and a 22 Khornet on the way.
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Old October 13, 2012, 05:13 AM   #13
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Heck I thought my collection was excessive .Had 3 frames .2 completely wore out .rebuilt by TC . Shooting IHMSA & NRA all the time takes it's toll on guns & ammo. Sold everything off now down to 1 frame 2 barrells 22 lr match & 223 rem in 14" .
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Old October 14, 2012, 04:09 AM   #14
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45/70, 44mag, 17hmr. Looking at 7-30 waters for my next barrel.
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Old October 14, 2012, 03:55 PM   #15
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Just a few barrels:

357 Magnum 10" (barrel that came with the frame)
22lr match 10" (2 barrels)
223 Super 14
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Old October 14, 2012, 04:18 PM   #16
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Mine is an older one. Lots of fun but boy it is slow to shoot much!
Doesn't HKS make a speed loader for the TC?

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Old October 14, 2012, 04:37 PM   #17
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Bought my first 'Tender last year. Used G2 Stainless with 35 Remington ported 35 Remington barrel, Buris 1.5-4X scope, and additional 14" 22LR Match barrel. Got it for a steal as I've been told. $250 for everything.
I've added a 14" 223 T/C barrel, and a 10 ported 45-70 barrel by SSK so far.
My want list includes 22 Hornet, 7-30 Waters, and maybe a 375 JDJ. Who knows what else might just pop up and grab my interest!

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Old October 14, 2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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Doesn't HKS make a speed loader for the TC?
How would a speed loader work for a single shot, break open pistol? What would "speed" up the loading process more than open the pistol, remove the spent round, and drop in a new one?
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Old October 14, 2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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How would a speed loader work for a single shot, break open pistol? What would "speed" up the loading process more than open the pistol, remove the spent round, and drop in a new one?
I beg your pardon. I was being facetious.

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Old October 14, 2012, 05:31 PM   #20
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Sorry, I get it now. A bit slow today. Daughter's wedding last night, and daddy is still recovering!
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Old October 15, 2012, 07:19 AM   #21
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WOW... SVO... I would have guessed I'd have close to the most ( I'm constantly outgrowing my storage for barrels... but I think you have more than I do... & OKIE... you've crossed the line to addict as well I see...

I have 3 early blued frames... would like to add an older engraved stainless frame to the stable yet... & of course I'm dragging my feet, but I expect an Encore frame & a couple barrels will follow suite

.17 Mach 2
.17 K-Hornet
.17 Remington
.22 LR
.221 Fireball
.22 Hornet
.22 Hornet ( fast twist )
5.7 X 28
.222 Remington
.223 Remington
.223 Remington ( fast twist )
25-20 Win
6 X 223 SSK
6.8 SPC
7mm TCU
7-30 Waters
.30 Carbine
30-30 Win
.30 Herrett
.32-20
.357 Mag
.357 Max
.357 Herret
.35 Rem
.375 Winchester
10 MM Magnum
.44 Mag
.44 Hot Shot / 444 Marlin
.45 Colt
.45 Colt / .410
.45 Win Mag
.45-70
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Old October 15, 2012, 08:44 AM   #22
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When I started shooting TC 'Sthe barrells were dirt cheap back then ,like $30.00 or something rediclous cheap by todays prices. $ 80.00 FOR A SUPER 14 IN 44 MAG.
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Old October 15, 2012, 08:48 AM   #23
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It's the scopes that get me... start throwning good glass on most of them... ( 3-4 times the price of the barrels )... most of mine wear Burris handgun scopes, several are Posi Locks
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Old October 15, 2012, 12:31 PM   #24
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My first experience with the Thompson Contender came about 1980 or 1981. I was visitning my daughter and son-in-law, and there was a man nearby who made custom barrels. So, my son-in-law and some of his friends gathered up a box full of barrels and introduced me to the TC.

I had started out with a .30-30, then a .30-40, and was on the .35 Remington. I squeezed one off only to have nothing happen. I eased my trigger finger alongside the trigger guard and waited one minute (more or less). Then I brought the gun up to about 45 degrees, holding with a two hand hold, when the pistol fired. The recoil whipped the gun back, the front sight caught me under the right cheekbone and I saw stars momentarily.

Seems the frames, which had been used for load developement had becomed battered and burrs had caused the hammer to sort of become stuck.

I did finish out the day, going all the way up to the .45-70, the largest they had at the time. But not with that frame.

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Old October 15, 2012, 02:11 PM   #25
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Svo, okiecruffler, and magnumwheelman, i may not be able to continue posting here as i believe what you three have may be contagious. Lol, very impressive collections on every ones part. I only have 2 .22lr and 14'' .223. Burris on one and leupold on the other. Love them both.
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