Lostchild, Don't forget.... it won't be long before that Contender frame will be VERY hard to come by as it's been discontinued by T/C and it's HIGHLY questionable whether T/C will ever bring it's replacement product, the G2, to market. (Although some would say the Encore is the replacement product for the Contender.) Yeah, from a strictly monetary value, you MIGHT can find a Contender frame somewhere for less than the monetary values of the two frames..... then again, you might NOT even be able to find a Contender frame. As time passes, the Contender frames available on the market will probably dry up and those that are available will carry a premium price. If you decide to sell the barrel to your relative, I'd be sure to tack on the provision that he give you first shot, at a fair price, if he should later decide to sell it. Gary T.