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!!!