TC G2 Contender 30-30 rifle?

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    I've been looking at options for deer rifles for use with a scope and I'm curious about this one. The spec's say 5.5 lbs with 23" barrel which makes it very attractive to me.

    Does anyone have one or can anyone verify that they are in fact 5.5 lbs?

    Thanks!!

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    Sadly dont own one but these are so nifty. Hope you snag one. Look forward to a report from deer season.
     
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    Mine is 7-30 Waters. I have never weighed it, but it is a light rifle. With a Scope and sling I would guess 6 to 7 pounds.

    I have always had Handi Rifles. Always wanted a Contender Carbine. I was finally able to get one. This winter will be my second season with mine. I am liking it a lot.
     
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    I also have h&r 3030 etc, but that tc is gorgeous. I would prefer rifle sights.
     
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    These break action rifles are especially attractive to me for their compact footprint. You get all the advantage of a full-length barrel in a handy package. That attribute becomes even more attractive in the restrictive confines of a tent blind.

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  6. CaliforniaCanuck

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    Where is the balance point, under the receiver or more foreword under the forend?

    Thanks!
     
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    just in front of the reciever.

    I cant see sights anyways, got to have a scope! or an aperture they still work for me.
     
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    having had several TC Contenders i eventually opted for an H&R single shot rifle

    the decision had several elements and the first was price

    the second was that i wanted more of a simple/dependable/utility tool(truck gun)

    and 3rd i liked the way they break down for travel/concealment when not in service

    the TC's are FINE hunting/shooting tools w/o a doubt

    their ability to accommodate different calibers is quite appealing to some folks

    IMHO it is up to the man/woman w/ the $$ as to which way to go

    you don't knead me telling you what YOU want
     
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    This is my original Contender (carbine) in 22lr but you can see the balance point is just in front of the receiver. Different stock configurations, barrel lengths, bore diameters and scope choices can make a slight difference in the balance point. I have two Encore rifles with larger scopes (7mm & 375 bore diameter) and the balance point is pretty much the same.

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    If the price is fair I would jump on that gun. If you reload you're not limited to round nose bullets with it. You can get even more velocity out of the round by re-chambering to .30-30AI. Or you can just enjoy the classic round which has been taking game effectively for a long time. You can (will) pick up a variety of barrels for it including rimfire rounds. They are fun guns!
     
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    I use peep sights and I have hard time accepting that I might need a scope.

    It’s a trade-off, good close range visibility vs long distance clarity.

    On Saturday I was hunting with my son and we saw a buck bedded down about 200 yards away. I wouldn’t have been able to take the shot with my peep sights so the scoped rifle would have been needed.

    This is why I’m looking at a rifle with a scope. My eyes just can’t make out the details at longer distances.
     
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    Some T/C barrels come with sights and some are not drilled and tapped for a front sight. Its an easy fix but an additional expense (if you don't do it yourself).
     
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    I weighed my 30-30 G1 Contender. 6.0 pounds with 24 inch barrel 4x Leupold scope and DNZ one piece rings. Overall length is 37.5 inches.

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    Thanks for posting the weight.

    I’m sold on the weight and shirt overall length!

    Now need to figure out which caliber!!
     
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    I have gone back and forth on calibers for a long time. I feel out of the contender carbine platform the 30-30 is hard to beat. Factory ammo is always available and with reloading 2300fps for a 165 grain bullet is easily doable with LVR powder. This translates to 1200 ftlbs of energy and 1800fps out to 300 yards with a 165 grain Nosler partition. Partions end up being great bullets for mild cartridges because they open up at lower velocities than a lot of the bullets on the market.
     
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    I've hunted with one in 22 Hornet and another in 223. Never weighed them but they do make a very light rifle. Six pounds sounds about right.
     
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    I always thought a Contender Carbine would be a sweet lightweight rifle. If I was to get one, it would definitely be in 30-30. I had a Savage 340 (bolt gun) in 30-30, and learned with it that the old rimmed round can be very accurate and have decent range with pointed bullets. With 150gr Nosler Ballistic tips, it made a fine deer rifle.
     
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    love the idea, but man, they are expensive ...
     
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    I know, but doesn't it look great?
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    If I had money to burn I'd just do it but I need to think real hard about this one.

    It's going to cost me upwards of $750 after I dros it.

    What else is available near or below that price?
    - A new Ruger American Predator 308 would cost me $475, it's heavier and ugly but more capable.
     
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    The only reason I have a Contender is that it was purchased in the mid 90s. I would not buy one today myself but I did just buy the MGM 30-30 barrel. Occasionally great deals can be found on Contenders on the used market.

    For the price the American rifle is phenomenal, ugly but very accurate.

    A Tikka T3 is my favorite firearm I have ever shot and will be my main hunting tool for decades to come.
     
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    I love mine.
    I would not sell it for $750.
    Sometimes it’s not as simple as cost benefit.
    It’s about what you can’t quantify. The fit, the finish, accuracy and knowing it’s no more or less than exactly right for the job. It’s heart and soul.

    I see the chassis stocked 700’s at the range and It kind of makes me sad. Get what suits you.
     
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    I have the Encore in 50x209 , 45-70 barrel , and 308. For 65 dollars i had a trigger job done and it is the best trigger of any of my hunting or varmint rifles. I would love to find a 12 or 20 gauge 28 inch barrel for it. I'm still thinking on a pistol barrel for hunting but have never made up my mind on a caliber. 357 or 41 mag or something with a little range. 750 is in the high range if you look around they can be had around $600.
     
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    I found them for $600 but the ffl charges to receive the rifle, plus dros fee brings it to almost $750. It's not a common rifle in my area!
     
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    Its too bad that their prices have gone up so much in recent years. When I bought mine they were reasonably priced. New factory barrels ran a little over $100 and used barrels in great shape were $100 or less. Due to current prices its been years since I've picked up a barrel.
     
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    I used to have it in 223, it was ok but not as great as the reviews suggested.

    I also didn’t like the mag sticking out the bottom!

    I wouldn’t buy one again.
     
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    I have a Contender Carbine in 30/30 I can weigh but its feather light.

    I’m currently selling the bbl as Iwant a 7-30 instead.

    CW
     
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    I'm surprised at the price. About 7 yrs ago I picked up a g2 w/ a 45 cal mzl loader barrel, a 16" factory 45-70 w/ a brake, and a 10" barrel in 357 max. Two Simmons scopes, ammo, cases, and stocks for $650. Needless to say, I didn't have to think about it. It appears they have appreciated in value. I love the g2, and the g1, for multiple calibers . But most of my hunting is on the move and fast follow up shots can be needed. For that reason and just to have another gun, I'd go with the Ruger American compact. Preferably 7mm-08.
     
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    Looks
    Like just over 5.5#. I cannot find my postal scale for some Reason.

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    Thanks for that!

    I emailed TC and still waiting for a reply but now I know!
     

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