Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northern Indiana
Wife needs a deer caliber
She handled my 6.5 lbs Contender in 7TCU fine, and likes the 23" .204 barrel I currently have on it, but she says it is long for anything other than bench shooting. She put 30 rounds through it today and was hitting steel out to 300 yards. There is just a slight uneasiness handling the recoil of the Ruger 7.62 American Ranch I have, but the noise is too much for her liking with that short 16" barrel. Where we hunt, shots are 125 yard max, with most opportunities presented under 80 yards.
I have been thinking about a 20" 300 Blk, 32-20 (loaded for the T/C over the normal 16k PSI), or 357 Mag for the Contender to try to make it a little lighter in recoil and more importantly noise. The 20" lever 357 I have is too long for her 5' 4" liking, so I was thinking a tapered T/C barrel at the same length will be more comfortable. Even if not, I believe I will still be able to enjoy it. I want to keep it factory ammo capable (the reason I sold the TCU), even if the 32-20 is not common. I also want it to be cast friendly for cheap plinking. Though the BLK is not known for it, many have had good luck working up cast loads.
Any suggestions? Am I overlooking another good option?
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