T/C Contender .45LC/.410

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by BillAK, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. BillAK

    BillAK New Member

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    Looking for someone familiar with T/C Contender barrels...
    Recntly "inherited" one from a friend with .45/70, .45 LC, and .223 barrels.

    My question involves using the .45LC for .410 shotshells..every thing I've researched shows barrels available listed as .45/.410, but my barrel isn't stamped for .410, just the .45LC. Anyone know if this barrel is safe to chamber .410 shotshells?
     
  2. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    Stick to the .45 Colt in your barrel..

    Jim..................
     

  3. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Yes, it's OK. I don't know why you would want to, though....
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    Does it appear to have a removable "choke tube"? Normally the .45colt/.410 barrels are so marked, and come with such a choke. If it has plain rifling & no choke tube, it's .45 colt only. If it DOES have a choke tube, it's safe for 2 1/2" .410 shells. My contender is marked for both. Be SURE to put anti-seize lube on the threads of the choke tube as you DON'T want to fire .45colt bullets through the screwed in choke-it WILL damage the barrel/choke! Remove the choke tube before firing .45 colt IF it's so equipped.

    With the right shotshells & choke tube installed, you have an effective range of 25-30 yards with .410.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2009
  5. BillAK

    BillAK New Member

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    Thanks for the replies folks....the barrel is threaded with what I am pretty sure is a choke tube attatched...can't see what ELSE it would be.

    As to the question of why I would want to....it's the only gun I own, can't afford a new one right now, and it's grouse season. :)
     
  6. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Bear is right on point as usual, What I don't know is how effective the 410 shot will be with out the choke tube. I would find a full choke tube for the barrel before going grouse hunting.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    IIRC, the "choke" tube on the TC 45/410 sort of "undoes" the spin imparted by the rifling- otherwise you get a doughnut hole pattern.
     
  8. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Great reason! Ain't nothin' wrong with T/C weapons!
     
  9. 753X0

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    I had one of those, 45/410 barrels, it shot the 410's great at close range. The 45 Colt was very disappointing, 4-5" groups @ 25 yds.
     
  10. BillAK

    BillAK New Member

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    stumped

    OK so after all my research, I bought a box of 2.5" shells...and the gun won't close with one loaded. At this point I can only speculate that the previous owner used the choke tube for .45LC shotcaps....I'm 95% certain that the threaded attachment IS a choke tube..can't see what else it would be for, and it does have the "straightening grooves" for "undoing" the rifling effect mentioned previously. I've heard that it is possible to handload 2" .410 shells, designed for turn of the century firearms...wondering if he was doing that.

    Basically I'm just looking for some general info...for instance is there anywhere to purchase 2" .410 commercially? And if not, what kind of range could I expect out of .45LC shotshells? From what I understand they are suited for pest control, and not hunting, so I don't really hope for any good news there.

    With the barrels I have, my only other option is trying to "pop heads" with the .223....or buy a new barrel.

    Guess it's time to save my pennies AND log some range time with the .223.
     
  11. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    It sounds like you got 1 of the old "hot shot" barrels. You can have it rechambered for 2 1/2" .410 or trade barrels. I'd recommend trading barrels with somebody and paying some boot-it'll still be cheaper than buying another barrel.
     
  12. WDB

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    Look to finding a new barrel, if your not using the .223 barrel I expect you can find a trade for it. If you want to keep that and get a 410 barrel, I expect you can find one with full choke for about $110.

    Good luck and let us know where you end up.