I've really got my heart set on a Contender, and I want a decent med long range (250 yds) game getter. The best I can find is the 7mm x 30 Waters. My father told me long ago that a friend of his handloaded him some really hot 30-30s for his Marlin since it was built on the 45-70 action. I'm wondering if the Contender can handle this too. If so how is this achieved? Slower burning powder or just more of it? My father said his hot 30-30s were nearly 308 Winchesters. And I'm curious just what kind of velocity can be achieved with a 140 grn bullet. Anyone?