Well several years ago I managed to pick up a new barrel in 30-30 AI for my Contender. After much debate on wether to haul it to a gunsmith to have open sights installed, I decided that I would just hold out. Then a while back Midway put some bases on sale and I picked up a couple to fit the T/C's. I also had just pulled the Leupold 4X off my Redhawk 44 mag, so it all sort of went together. The past few weeks I have been burning up the road between here and my Mom's place taking her to get some past due medical issues resolved. Then my daughter comes up with some stuff which scared the bejeebers out of us as well. So while all this is going down and I am in the country with time on my hands I decided to play with a few of my newer toys. I worked up a couple loads for my Taurus Ragin Bull which was quite a blast literally, as well as put a few factory rounds through my 30-30. I was very impressed with the .5" groups I got especially using the factory stuff in the long chamber. Yes it went boom and shot very well, but I found the primers were extended from the pockets on all cases after firing. No bigie I had the ammo from someone and nothing else to shoot it in so figured I would at least see what the recoil was like. The 454 was another story. I got up into some mid range loads with it and decided that was far enough. I was running some 260 gr JHop's out at just under 1700fps and found that was quite enough for me. They were very accurate and had pleanty of energy. I am using a 10" sch 80 ell which was welded to a weld neck flange then galvanized. It was a cut off from a project out at work. It looked just like a bullet trap when I saw it sitting in the scrap iron bin, and it works great. The 260's managed to move it back around 2" whiel it was sitting there on the sand. Hell even my .308 didn't move it when I tested it to see how it was going to work out. Anyway I managed to find a bit of peace in all the turmoil and when it was all said and done, we all came through it in good health and not too much worse for wear.