Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Williamsburg, VA
What cartridges were chambered in "flat lug" barrels?
I have an older, non-easy-open Contender pistol with a .45 ACP Octagon barrel. I'm really fond of the looks, really not-fond of the lack of nicer laminated wood forends for them. So I'm searching for a barrel (not asking to buy one here - I'll reserve that for the Classifieds section of the forum)
My problem is, as most that own the old non-easy-open frames know, I need a flat-lug barrel. I can't use the stepped lug barrels. Finding a non-octagon barrel chambered in a cartridge I don't have yet has been tough.
The only round 10", flat-lug barrels I'm seeing for sale are .30 Herrett (I have on another pistol), .357 Herrett (not sure if I want), and .44 Magnum (I have on another pistol) So it seems my only choice is .357 Herrett if I want a flat lug 10" chambered in something I don't already have.
Octagon? Plenty. I've found these:
5mm Rem Mag
44 Mag with external choke
45LC / 410 with external choke
But I don't want another octagon barrel.
Any recommendations to look for in cartridges I don't already own? I thought I'd be able to find a .22 Hornet, .256 Win Mag, or something similar - but the all are stepped lug barrels or octagon's that I'm seeing.
All the best,
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