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#7224400 - 12/24/12 06:44 PM What's the word on the G2 Contender?
jimmyp Offline
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I would like a lighter smaller carbine, and was thinking of contender rifle in 30-30. Are they accurate? Any issues?
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#7224407 - 12/24/12 06:47 PM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: jimmyp]
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i have had a couple and i wish i hadn't sold them. they were very well balanced and shot excellently. mine were in .204.

i have heard that they are not making smith and wesson much money and that they may discontinue them.
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#7224499 - 12/24/12 07:18 PM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: mjbgalt]
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only issue is that if you like it, you'll likely be looking for excuses to find more barrels in all sorts of calibers which can get expensive. have had lots of barrels, lots of frames, no real issues. after i got used to the weight of the TC's though, even mid-weight bolt guns feel heavy. have quite a few 'tender barrels that beat MOA accuracy.

if you handload, the 30/30Ackely Improved is the bomb-diggity in a trim 6# gun. wink
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#7228087 - 12/25/12 11:33 PM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: FyrepowrX]
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I agree, it took a while tocure my barrel bug.

I pack a T/C carbine in 35 Remington with a Chote stock and peep sights around in my Samauri and on my walks around our Ranch.

To my mind it is an incredible level of performance to weight.

I have both G2s and the originals, and both work well.
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#7229243 - 12/26/12 10:29 AM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: Siskiyous6]
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Originally Posted By: siskiyous6

I pack a T/C carbine in 35 Remington with a Chote stock and peep sights around in my Samauri and on my walks around our Ranch.To my mind it is an incredible level of performance to weight. I have both G2s and the originals, and both work well.


one of my favorite combos as well...21" tapered .35, 1.75-6x shorty...carries like a feather..

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#7230194 - 12/26/12 03:40 PM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: FyrepowrX]
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I cured my carbine barrel fever by putting a fiber-optic sighted, T/C Custom Shop, .375 Win barrel on my G2 - It worked out great.



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#7231570 - 12/26/12 10:21 PM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: Rangr44]
PastorDan Offline
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Don't over look the 7x30 Waters in a carbine barrel with 120 gr. Noslers.

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#7232265 - 12/27/12 07:51 AM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: PastorDan]
Mesa Offline
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Agree with FyrepowrX: main problem is what barrel to buy and then which barrel to use.... I managed to settle for four: a .22WRM, a .410, a .25-35, and a .32-20. But if I ever find a 28 ga loose....
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#7232758 - 12/27/12 10:03 AM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: Mesa]
FyrepowrX Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mesa
Agree with FyrepowrX: main problem is what barrel to buy and then which barrel to use.... I managed to settle for four: a .22WRM, a .410, a .25-35, and a .32-20. But if I ever find a 28 ga loose....


i like tinkering with various calibers, and that coupled with a fondness of the gun & the way it handles resulted in a serious barrel-hogging fetish. i have been slowly reducing the number of pistol barrels i have, but the # of carbines is on the increase.

always wanted a 22mag, that one is on the "to-do" list....is yours a factory barrel, or a custom?

my .375win, topped with a 2-7x Elite = 5#7oz.
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#7234557 - 12/27/12 06:15 PM Re: What's the word on the G2 Contender? [Re: FyrepowrX]
jimmyp Offline
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Originally Posted By: FyrepowrX
Originally Posted By: Mesa
Agree with FyrepowrX: main problem is what barrel to buy and then which barrel to use.... I managed to settle for four: a .22WRM, a .410, a .25-35, and a .32-20. But if I ever find a 28 ga loose....


i like tinkering with various calibers, and that coupled with a fondness of the gun & the way it handles resulted in a serious barrel-hogging fetish. i have been slowly reducing the number of pistol barrels i have, but the # of carbines is on the increase.

always wanted a 22mag, that one is on the "to-do" list....is yours a factory barrel, or a custom?

my .375win, topped with a 2-7x Elite = 5#7oz.



does that .375 win come back a little in the 5.5 pound rifle? I would love a 375 but I have to research it a bit. On the other hand the 5.5 pound weight of that carbine is about perfect in my mind!
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