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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Default 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:

17-223
5mm Rem Mag
22 LR
22 WMR
22 Jet
221 Rem
222 Rem
22 K-Hornet
25-35 Win
357 Mag
357/44 B&D
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.

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Glenn; you can machine the step down off of the bottom of the lug. Many years ago I got a 35 Rem. barrel that of course had the step lug. I only had at that time an old original Contender. I took the barrel to a friend with a mill and we trimmed the step down to be flat and it worked just fine. Somewhere around in the space of this country is an example of this, for I eventually sold the 35 barrel.

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Thanks mrmurl. That is likely going to be my next course of action. I was just trying to see if anyone knew of any other chamberings that I wasn't aware of.
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My feeble mind is telling me that the only flat lug, non octagon barrels made were the two Herretts.
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