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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-28-2018, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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need hand gun help

Well, because of health issues I can not shoulder a rifle, need a hand gun for deer I guess, what is your opinion on a TC contender in say .223 or 22-250, would like 14" barrel and scoped, or do you have other ideas here either in caliper or in gun ,I am up in the air about this so any and all thoughts are welcome/

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-28-2018, 11:27 AM
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Neither one, more for smaller critters. The 30 cal Herrett would do.
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...or .300 Blackout. Better than .30-30 ballistics. Burns all powder in the first 9” of barrel. Quiet and no recoil. I’ve taken several deer with a .300 BLK AR-15 in South Carolina, all with one shot with a 110 grain Barnes VOR-TX.

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I have a 30.30 16 inch barrel contender I have used with some success. Just hang on to it when you pull the trigger. Calibers you mentioned have taken deer but I'd go a little bigger. Just my 2 cents. Good luck I hope you find something to get you back out in the field.
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7mm tcu or 7-30 waters would be worth looking at
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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-28-2018, 08:59 PM
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Hard to beat the 6.5 JDJ or 7-30 Waters in contender for deer size game.

Although the only deer I have ever shot with a Contender has been with a .222 Rem.
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-29-2018, 02:20 AM
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CVA pistol in 243 Winchester or 50 muzzleloader are readily available.There are other calibers but you would need to dig around online.You could get a 243 for under $300 without a scope.Iron sights are extra but a scope rail is included.Add a scope and some ammo and go hunt.

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Iíve been a dedicated handgun hunter for a lot of years, using Ruger revolvers and T/C Contenders. I have many barrels for my T/C, including .223, but I would choose another caliber. Personally, my favorite is 7-30 Waters. Not sure how factory ammo is in your area, but it can be hard to find. I reload, so I have a good supply on hand.

A good option would be T/C in .30/30. I have a barrel for my T/C in .44 Magnum which I hope to score with this year. Iíve taken several deer with the .44 Magnum in Ruger revolvers and several deer with the 7-30 Waters T/C, so Iíd like to bag a deer or bear with the .44 Magnum.

The great thing about the T/C is that you can pick from a huge selection of standard factory calibers and some great wildcats.

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stick with a standard factory caliber, the ammo is easier to find. if you go to one of the wildcat cartridges you might have to get into hand loading, and go for a larger caliber than you mentioned. the ballistics are going to be different from a handgun than they are in a rifle even with rifle caliber ammo.


the ballistics from a 30-30 round in a standard length rifle barrel will be different from a handgun length barrel.

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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 08:06 AM
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I second the 243 suggestion.

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