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Old 03-16-2017, 03:30 PM
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Default Shooting a T/C Contender in .600 Nitro Express

I had the opportunity to touch off two rounds of .600 Nitro Express today from a T/C Contender with a Match Grade Machine aftermarket barrel chambered for the .600NE. It was ... an experience.

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Old 03-16-2017, 04:01 PM
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I cannot think of anything I would want to shoot less.
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Old 03-16-2017, 04:28 PM
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Rocked ya back a little, didn't it?
I once fired a .45/70 single action revolver, custom made by a 'smith in Texas. Quite a handful it was!
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Why on earth would anyone go to all the trouble to make a custom barrel like that, and then not put sights on it? I'd shoot it, at least twice just to make sure.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:15 PM
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Based on the recoil and muzzle flash I'd say this was some type of reload/handload.
A full factory would be much more dramatic and PAINFUL! Not to mention the expense per shot.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:29 PM
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Based on the recoil and muzzle flash I'd say this was some type of reload/handload.
A full factory would be much more dramatic and PAINFUL! Not to mention the expense per shot.
An excerpt from "Apples Like Black Boulders"

As I moved through the brush, I fingered the hammer on my .600 Nitro TC. I could feel death in the air, and smell it, too. It was damn putrid. Then I saw it. The buffs rear end was pointing right at me with his tail pointing at the sky. Right toward the top of Kilimanjaro. I whispered to Magoomba, 'Is an *** shot legal?" "I don't see anything" said Magoomba looking away. As the apples fell like black boulders, I squeezed the trigger....

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Not just nope, but hell to the nope.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:00 PM
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I had a Bear Buster in 45/70. It was all I wanted for recoil, promptly
traded that dude off for a couple Varmit cal. Barrels. I know that barrel
has had at least 4 owners since me, and I don't know how many previous
owners. Every one thinks they need it, until they shoot it. Nobody wants
to admit they are a Sissy, so it is quietly passed on to the next Idiot.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:20 PM
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A long while back when big bore single shot pistols were just getting going I saw pictures of some guy who built a bolt action pistol that fired 458 win mags. Thing had 2 grips that came out at about 90 degrees from each other, so you gripped it well with both hands. He was a big guy and laying down prone and firing it lifted him about 8 inches of the ground. Crazy.

I have had a Contender for a long time. Got it as a 222 Remington and added 30 and 357 Herret barrels. Made some large grips for it and that helps a lot, but hey it does recoil. Got a 500 S&W too. But, there is a practical limit to what you can hold onto and fire. Full blown 600 Nitro. Not me thanks anyway.
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Now all you need is a quality ankle holster.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:38 PM
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I now know why the end of the barrel is shaped like a cannon. I can think of one good use for it. take it prarie dog hunting. set two shooters up on the edge of the town. go out to the middle of the town and touch off a round in a hole and blast all the pasture poodles out of the other holes. while you go to the hospital to get your cast on your wrist your friends will have a ball shooting pasture poodles standing around with their front feet over their ears wondering what the heck just happened. lee
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:55 PM
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The 600 Nitro Express launches a 900 grain bullet at 2000 FPS. The recoil and rise displayed in the video suggests a much reduced load.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:50 PM
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Quite dramatic. Did they force you to shoot it indoors? Bet several seismographs picked up the blast
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:57 PM
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I knew a guy some years back that had a .308 Win barrel for his Contender. The first shot he fired split the web of his hand.
He sold it without ever firing it again.
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:04 PM
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I had a Bear Buster in 45/70. It was all I wanted for recoil, promptly
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I've felt the same way about some of the Governors and .500 S&Ws that are out there on the market.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:32 AM
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To answer many of the questions in here:

- The cartridges were factory loads purchased from Kynoch.
- The price is $180/5, or $36/ea.
- It definitely hurt - 2nd shot more than the 1st.
- I had to shoot it indoors.

And finally:
- My dinosaur hunt is booked for August. It'll be on Isla Nublar, about 120 miles off the coast of Costa Rica. Jurassic Park has fallen on hard times and recently opened the park to sport hunters to pay the bills.
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Ouch is all I can think of to say!
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I fired a TC with a 45-70 factory barrel a few years ago. Factory ammo somewhere around 350 gr. bullet. Even with a 14" barrel, the barrel flip was so great there is no way any of us could hold the gun down. The post firing position of hold was nearly straight up over my head. If offered the opportunity today I would decline the offer.
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I can think of a bottle or two of Single Malt that I would rather spend $52 on.
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That's a completely insane pairing of cartridge and firearm. What next, a .375 H&H derringer?
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