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(Date Posted:05/30/2004 15:22:04)
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Been thinkin?about getting a 357 Magnum barrel for my Contender.Anybody have success with that barrel and cast bullets in a Contender?Since accuracy is subjective, I am looking for 1.5?or less at 100 yards with a good bench rest and a good ?cope in place.I am asking because several years ago I purchased a 44 Magnum barrel for my Contender and the nightmares began!!!Don? want to go down that road again with a 357 Magnum barrel.Thanks?CB
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(Date Posted:05/30/2004 18:11:32)

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 I think you might be going down the same road.  After reading Mike Belems web sight on Contender throats & barrels and my experience ( I am far from an accuracy expert)  I think the 3" range at 100 yds is about where you will end up.  I've spent a lot of time and well over 1000rds of various loads out of my Rossi SS .357 rifle and 3" is about the best I can do consistantly @100.  I've shot mostly plain base RN and SWC from 1100 to 1600 fps and my best loads run 2 to 3".  I have some heavier gc bullets given to me by some board members but I have not tried them yet.  That said I really enjoy the rifle and the caliber, you can move empty pop cans around pretty good with .38's @ 100yds with little noise and no recoil. BTW the rifle wears a 3X9 Tasco Scope  Nick
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(Date Posted:05/30/2004 19:07:42)

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I had a TC 10" bull barrel and was quite satisfied with it.  I took it in trade and played with it for quite a while and then sold it to someone who had a need for it.  I picked up a 6" Ruger Security Six and it has become my carry/hunting .357.  I only had a 1.5X Bushnell scope on the TC barrel and only test fired at 50 yards with cast bullets.  I did shoot some Winchester and Federal 125 HPs (2005 fps!) at 100 yards and they clustered right around 2.5" so the potential was there. 

At 50 yards the best cast load I played with was Lyman 358156 cast of WWs over 15.3 gr H4227.  These bullets were just visually inspected and sized .358 with Hornady GCs used along with Javelina lube.  No special care was taken to select uniform bullets.  If the bands were filled out and there weren't any wrinkles then I shot them.  They were loaded on a Dillon Square Deal B progressive press.   Velocity ran 1513 fps with an ES of 30 and a SD of 9.  The last group shot put 10 in 1.7", again that was at 50 yards.  With a higher power scope and more care in loading and shooting on my part I'm sure accuracy would have been better. 

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(Date Posted:05/31/2004 00:05:10)

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Been thinkin’ about getting a 357 Magnum barrel for my Contender.Anybody have success with that barrel and cast bullets in a Contender?Since accuracy is subjective, I am looking for 1.5” or less at 100 yards with a good bench rest and a good ‘scope in place.I am asking because several years ago I purchased a 44 Magnum barrel for my Contender and the nightmares began!!!Don’t want to go down that road again with a 357 Magnum barrel.Thanks…BCB

 My 10 " .357 barrel is my favorite cast bullet shooter. Mine has only seen use with 180 and 200 gr. cast bullets. Mainly the 180 LBT FN, and the 200 RCBS.

My favorite powders are AA 9 and Rel. 7.

I would have to really screw up loading or close my eyes not to be able to hold a 1 1/2 group at a 100 yrds with either of the above bullet's or powder.

My Contender taught me the true value of a nice light trigger when it comes to target shooting. Myself I have never experienced a nicer trigger on a box stock firearm.

My barrel has the long throat TC's are infamous for, but it is concentric with the chamber and bore.

I am guessing mine has a snug chamber because it won't chamber a .360 diameter bullet in any case I have tried, So I size .359.

The barrel slugs .3585  at the breech end and .358 at the muzzle.

Some .357 chambered barrels will except the .360 DW case, mine won't !

8 lbs of powder will last a long time!!!
                                                        Good luck

 

 

 

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