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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Default What made you buy. 7mmTCU or any TCU ?

I've had a long time love affair with the 7mmTCU cartridge.
It was my first wild cat that I learned to reload.
Very accurate , mild recoil.
And lots of fun to shoot.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 10:56 PM
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I bought my 7mm TCU because I had always thought that either the 7mm or 6mm would be a fun round to play with and it was offered at a great price. So far I have only shot some fire forming loads so not a lot of range time with it. I did shoot steel targets out to 300 yard while fire forming.


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 08:51 AM
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It was early on in my reloading education
I wanted to move brass
I happened upon a 7tcu was absolutely thrilled with its performance
That was 30+ years ago
Still thrilled

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 11:10 AM
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I would rather reload than shoot and reform brass than reload, my first TCU was a 50.00 7mm 14" barrel now I have 6mm, 257, 6.5mm, 270, 7mm and sort of a 30, a 30 Raptor and sort of a 338 my own creation, Sadly several each from 10" to 20" One of these days since I haven't found a 224 TCU barrel may settle for a 223 AI, This sure beats other illnesses though, The 50.00 7mm shoots 160gr Sierra BTHP in one hole at 50 yards and opens just a bit at 100,
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 03:37 PM
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I had to have one because they were winning the silhouette matches. I think that was sneaking up on almost 40 years ago I bought the first 14 incher. Still have it plus 2 more, fantastic little round.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Remembering back ..
My first 7mmTCU barrel.. was from Graybeards himself.
A ten incher. Bull Barrel. That absolutely shot lights out..
Foolishly, in hard times..I sold it.
Kicks myself in the rear ever since..
Later on.. I picked up a super 14, older six groove, had it cutt to 11.25..
Why ? 11.25 ? I don't remember why..
Just to be different I guess.
This one shoots very well.. although? I think graybeards Barrel shot a bits better..
Then again.. I haven't spent near the time with this new one, as I did the ol' ten incher.
But I will.
I'll never sell one of my contender barrels again.
My 11 incher handle's pretty much the same as a ten incher. That I recall,..
It's just simply a fine designed cartridge, and performance way out of proportion to it's size.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 06:31 PM
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I had one years ago it came with my first contender buy picked up at a gun show contender pistol with a 14 inch 22 long rifle barrel and a 14 inch 7tcu all in the original box never fired 400 out the door. couple weeks later I swapped the 7tcu barrel for a 222Remington.


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