Ihad a Contender carbine in 35 Rem with an 18" barrel I used it as a "boat" gun for the longest time butit was lost in Hurricane Katrina.
I played around with shooting pistol bullet out of it for a while , I got the 180gr Hornady XTP to shoot pretty well out of it 2" at 100yds and it was an awsome close range (10-150yds) deer bullet , I also shot some of the 125gr XTP bullets out of it with accuracy in the 2.5" at 100yd range and talk about an explosive bullet !!! , I shot a few feral dogs and cat with it out to 50yds and the destruction was awsome to say the least.
Anyway back to the subject , like everybody else has said the Contender just won't handel the pressure that it takes to make enough power to do what you want it to do. So if your set on the TC style the next step is the Encore but your still limited to using regular magnum cases as the Dakota , WSM and RUM case is to fat to use in the Encore and get respectable velocities with safely , then you can get a bolt style that will handel ALOT more than the Encore can
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