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Originally Posted by Lucas1
If you were going to start a new Contender rifle, what caliber would you consider for whitetail deer and hogs?

I would look at brass and bullet availability first. I prefer rimmed cartridges. My first choices would be .30-30 and .44 magnum, then .357 maxi and .38-55. .25-35 would be a consideration as well. If you had one twisted fairly fast, a .223 carbine barrel would not be bad for deer. I'm not going to comment on hogs, we don't have them here and I don't have any experience.


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Originally Posted by Bigrob001
I would probably build a 6.5 grendel. I have a stainless in a 16 inch 7-30


The original Contender is not rated for Grendel pressure. It is a G2 only proposition.

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Single Shot, CBs and a Red Dot Sight................


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7-30


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If you watch what your doing it will be fine there is people shooting the 6.5 grendel in the original contender


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medicDave hit it on the head. 7-30 Waters with 120 grain Ballistic Tips!


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I have shot contenders for years in many calibers. All have been extremely accurate shooting. I have settled on the 6.5 JDJ and the .375 JDJ. Both are supper accurate. Have killed several elk and bear with the .375, all one shot kills and never got a bullet back. The 6.5 absolutely electrocutes deer, dropping them in their tracks. Killed a cow elk at 300 yrds with the 6.5 JDJ with one shot but hit it in the head trying to get it to stand up from its bed for shot with 125 gr. Nosler partition. Both require handloading unless you find some factory .375 JDJ ammo somewhere. I vote for the 7-30 Waters in a factory chambering contender for deer sized game.

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The Contender carbines are cool. Always wanted to try one with a 7-30 barrel and a 35Rem barrel.

I will say that the little CVA Scout single shots at $300-400 with their good 3-3.5lb triggers and Bergara barrels have pulled me away from the concept in recent years. I really dig my chopped Scout Compact in 7mm-08. It weights about 6lbs before optics and suppressor. No muss, no fuss, just buy it and start shooting. A guy could always download to a lower pressure if he wanted to.

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I had a 7-30 Waters carbine barrel. Was great for packing and super handy but the rilfe never fit me great in the standard synthetic stock when I scope it. Fit me fine with irons.

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Fit was also good with a laminate thumbhole but I didn't want a rifle that bulky. I recently sold the barrel so I could dedicate the frame to my .20 Vartag and .17HMR Varmint setups.

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I made a Kydex cheek pc for mine to solve that stock problem.
Cheap and worked great.

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That’s a real pretty color on that black bear MedRiver. 👍😎

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Originally Posted by SS336
That’s a real pretty color on that black bear MedRiver. 👍😎

Thanks. Been at the taxidermist for close to 1.5 years now. Maybe someday I will get the rug back, lol

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300 Blackout almost ideal with the contender..but 30-30 and 35 REM both worth a look..especially here in CT..shots typically under 100yds..


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309 JDJ if you handload.150 grainer at 2500 plus out of a 18 inch barrel.I have killed a pile of critters with mine.

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I have a long history with the Contender. This .410 pistol was my wabbit gun in the late '50's as a teen. Killed a bunch of swampers in Louisiana hardwood bottoms ahead of a pack of beagles. The old Lawrence holster shows honest wear. I didn't like the square edges of the OEM grip and made my own out of a piece of walnut. It was more comfortable. A .410 kicks a good bit and the sharp edges of that factory grip hurt my hand. I also have a "push/pull" Fajen laminated walnut/maple grip that's quite unique.

I have a .22 K-Hornet barrel with scope and a SS Contender with .410 barrel. Check out the way I used a short forearm and made a front swivel stud out of the front barrel hanger. Those barrels have two forearm screws, I used just one for the forearm.

The Contender is not a kids gun, in fact it can be dangerous. If you cock it and let the hammer down, you're resting the firing pen on a live round. You MUST cycle the action to bring the hammer block back up into safe position. With that caveat, it's a great gun with a great trigger and excellent accuracy.

Many fond memories here. Just be careful with those things and use something else to start a youngster. It's just too easy to forget to recycle the action for safe mode.

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