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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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10" barrel T/C experience

I have interest in 10" barrel length for my contender...
I'm interested in 223 & 30-30...,
I'm wondering about accuracy?
Noise? Recoil?
Dont reload Can standard Coreloct rifle loads be used?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 03:07 PM
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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

Personally I would go with the super 14 for the 30-30 the 223 is ok in 10 inch recoil is not bad.Not sure about the coreloct I would assume in that short a barrel you would lose some velocity.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 05:10 PM
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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

I have a 10" 30-30 barrel and a super 14"7-30 waters I can't really tell a difference in the recoil between them but that 10" is a lot easier to carry and it balances better, I never checked whats its speed was but I think you have plenty of energy with the 10" I can ring a 6" gong at 200yds with shooting sticks pretty easily with it
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 11:54 PM
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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

both of them are going to bark a lot, the 30-30 is a handful for most in a 10" tube.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 03:47 AM
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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

I shot a 14 inch .30-30 in IHMSA competition for 25 years - it is a real PUSSYCAT - and very ACCURATE to boot. The recoil from the prone position used in IHMSA is almost not noticeable. The ten inch lost so much muzzle velocity - and I reloaded for the short barrel - that I had a .357 Herret barrel made. That is the best hunting round in a 10 inch barrel Contender. It dropped deer, wild boar, and elk in their tracks with my heavy handloads using a long discontinued Speer half jacketed 160 grain bullet. As far as I am concerned the .223 is not worth the muzzle blast and lousy ballistics. I used a .22 LR barrel and it was deadly on small rodents out to 150 yards - but I had a scope on it and shot from prone or a rest.


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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 07:55 AM
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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

I have and shoot both a .223 and .30-30 10". They're both a lot of fun and very manageable. The .223 is fun for light plinking, but I haven't hunted with it. I've taken quite a few hogs, mostly piglets, with the .30-30 and a few whitetails. I find the .30-30 10", with the added weight of a red dot scope, to recoil similarly to shooting hot .38 +P loads in an S&W N-frame. The 14" is a lot more practical since a 10" loses quite a bit of velocity. I'm looking at reaming my .30-30 to .30-30 AI to make up some of the difference, because I really like the balance of the 10" barrel. I can tell you the .223 is really anemic from a 10" barrel because I carry a 10" barrel rifle at work and it loses a lot of capability compared to a 14.5". For bigger pigs, and when I went bear hunting this past season, I swapped to a 14" .444 Marlin barrel, but I still love my 10" .30-30. Blast wise, I haven't found any (in my limited calibers and barrel lengths) that compared to the 10" .30 Carbine.

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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

I know several fellows that have a contender chambered in 30-30 and they like them. A lot of fellows like them because you can readily buy the ammo.

About twenty years ago, a friend left me shoot his contender chambered in .357 Herrett. As I was preparing to fire the handgun, he hollered "Wait, Wait...Let me pronounce you man and gun." I fired off that shot and several more and decided I just had to get one of these.

One of the last times I was at the range, there were two PA State Troopers there shooting their handguns at targets about 3 yards away. I posted a turkey head target at 50 yards. I heard one of the troopers say that I might as well throw rocks. I fired three shots, hitting the turkeys head. I retrieved the target and walked over to the troopers to show them. The trooper that made the remark said he was watching through his binoculars and asked to see the gun. I told him that's what he needed to carry. If a bank robber is stupid enough to run away, just let him get out about 200 yards and cut him in half! As Mugsy posted above, it's a devastating cartridge to go hunting with.

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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

I have a .223 super 14 and it does 2" groups at 100 yds. I cracked this hog at a lasered 197 this summer.

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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

The only 10" barrels I have any experience with were chambered in .22lr Match and .22 Hornet. Both gave excellent accuracy.

I eventually want to get other barrels, probably in .223 and 7-30 Waters. I think a longer barrel, along the lines of 14" or so would suit those cartridges better.

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Re: 10" barrel T/C experience

I had one in 7mm-o8 that LOVED believe it or not, heavy loads, with heavier bullets. Velocity wasn't anywhere near what the lighter, hotter loads gave me but it shot sub 1" groups and I used it like I would my .44 Mag and kept my shots closer than with my 15" bbl and it rocked on deer.

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