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Old February 27, 2020, 12:46 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by stinkeypete View Post
1. Just say “no” to .357 Maximum. The recoil and blast are oppressive. Hot .357 Magnum is more than enough. If you want to make your Contender a nice Carbine, .35 Remington would do the same job with less stress.

2. Just say “no” to .454 Casull. You need all the weight you can get to help tame recoil. 45 Colt “Ruger and Contender only” loads will get all you need with less stress and no need for an Encore.

3. If you want a big boomer, 45-70 just because.

I think I would really like a .327 Fed Mag barrel... from plinking to white tail, at realistic ranges .. yeah. .32-20 “Contender only” would be a question of how much cooler do you want to be than your pals.

Realistically, a .357 magnum barrel is awesomely flexible and common.
1. I do have some .35 Remington brass my uncle game me, but it's not a cartridge that interests me. Along the lines of what others have said about pistol specific cases, the .35 Rem is probably not a case optimized for use in a 10-12 inch pistol barrel, plus it's not rimmed.

2. I hear you on .454, I've long believed hot .45 Colt was good enough in a Ruger, I just mentioned it because it's safer to load a .45 Colt hot in a .454 chamber.

I would get .327, but I don't believe T/C makes a barrel in .327 and aftermarket barrels seem to only want to chamber .327 in a barrel with .308 groove diameters, which is stupid IMO. Same issue with 7.62x39.
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