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Anyone have comments/advice on any of the aftermarket ML barrels for a Contender? I've been considering one from Virgin Valley.
 

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Aftermarket muzzleloader barrel for Contend

Just got one from VVCG for my Encore. Having a little
problem with the fit of scope base to barrel which can be
alleviated, but I would definitely recommend them. Both
inside and out, this Douglas barrel is spotless. I can see
absolutely no flaw in the bore at all. It has been very
professionally done by the work of both Douglas and
VVCG.
 

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Aftermarket muzzleloader barrel for Contend

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What does VV charge for a ML barrel?
Greg
 

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Aftermarket muzzleloader barrel for Contend

hmmmmmmm........thought I'd already answered
this, but don't see the post here.

Barrel + scope mount + shipping = $391, a
little stiff, but ya oughta see the precision
work on her!!! Will post later when I get
her sighted in. Hope the weather isn't too
cold today -- IA 2d ML Season started Monday!
 

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Re: VV contender prices.......

Lefty Behind said:
Last week Midway had two VV 50 cal. contender barrels ON SALE for $499.00 each.
Seemed awful high to me.
Lefty
ON SALE????? :shock: That's a hundred bucks MORE than
getting it straight from the horse with your own specs! AND
with the $35 scope mount to boot!

Got mine sighted in today. Things were a little rocky at first.
Tried shooting H777 in it and found the "crud ring" to be
totally unacceptable. It was very hard to run a spit patch
through the crud ring even after one shot in this new barrel.
Still had some Goex Clear Shot so shot a few rounds with
it. No crud ring. Unlike the T7 with shots all over the target,
150gr (actual weight) of Clear Shot behind a 200gr Dead
Center .40 saboted bullet with Win 209, had the bullet holes
tickling each other.
 

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ML barrels for Contenders

DES, I've got a 16 1/4" 50 cal ML barrel for my Contender, made by Dave Van Horn (www.mygunroom.com/dvgunshop/vhbarrels.html). :) I also considered buying a barrel from VVCG or Bullberry, but was not quite as expensive w/ DVH and turnaround was a little quicker. The barrel looks to be of good quality, but I honestly don't think I've had a chance to shoot it enough to know what it's really capable of. One thing about a short barrel like this---there's LOTS of unburned powder (Pyrodex) blowi ng out the barrel after the shot.... I'm satisfied w/ the early velocities--1470 fps w/ 240 gr 45 cal Sierra JHP/Knight sabot/Winchester 209 primers. :grin: I'd keep him in mind, as well, but be sure your specs are understood. I specified a Weaver mount d/t for 6 screws, but it was not included in the package when it arrived. :eek: He sent one to me quickly. I also specified the dovetail locks to be set up to use w/ a Pach forend adaptor (14" barrel). When the barrel arrived, I found the dovetail locks were set up for a 16" barrel. :roll: I've been using the barrel w/ a 10" forend adaptor while awaiting the arrival (I told him not to rush) of an adaptor he's going to make me so I can use the barrel w/ a Pach forend. He offered to make me a new barrel, but that didn't really seem necessary. Gary T.
 
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