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Old February 21, 2019, 01:22 AM   #1
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7mm TCU

I recently started reloading for my .44 special and while looking through what was down there, I found 7mm TCU brass in all stages of preparation as well as loaded rounds. I used the 7TCU in the Masters back in the late 80's.

I wish now that I'd let all that brass go with the Contender years ago. What are the odds of anyone still using this caliber? I sure wish Illinois had allowed us to hunt with it. That little Contender was a real shooter.
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Old February 21, 2019, 09:17 AM   #2
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There are still guys using the 7tcu. Over on castboolits I see them come up once in a while for sale. Brass is a non issue for this caliber. I shot thousands of rounds of 7tcu years ago and all of the brass was simply 223 ammo fired in a 7tcu barrel to fire form it. I just recently took about five hundred empties to the scrap dealer along with a few thousand other empties and sold them for scrap. Believe it or not, some guys are still deer hunting with this round in various Contenders and rifles. I never thought it was much of a deer round after shooting a half dozen or so with it. Anemic velocity for the bullet construction.....little or no expansion. Anyway, don't worry about what to do with the empties. They aren't anything special.
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Old February 21, 2019, 12:32 PM   #3
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That's what I was thinking. I'll have to pull some bullets and sort through all that. Most of that brass was military. The AR-15 boom hadn't started yet.

I've probably got more empty .38's and .45 acp's than I could ever use. I might have to dust off and oil the old Dillon Square Deal and load up the bullets I still have on hand.
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Old February 22, 2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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I still have my 7mm TCU Contender 14". Got my first deer with it back in the early 80s. I originally bought it to shoot IHMSA silhouette, but did not do a lot of that. So, I'm going to try to sell mine, too. After your post here, if I do sell it, I will be sure to include all the formed brass I have. So, thanks!
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