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Old 10-18-2020, 09:24 PM
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I'm looking for some information on Contender carbine barrels. I used to have a lot of fun with Contender pistols, but they've gathered dust for years. I came across a carbine stock and forearm the other day. I'm thinking I'd like to dust of the frames and play with a carbine. So I'm looking for a 16" or longer barrel. No specific chambering in mind yet, just looking to see what's available.

The dilemma is that the carbine forearm has a single attachment screw. Generally the carbine and rifle barrels I see have two attachment screws, just like my pistol barrels. I did spot one, well-used .223 on a "major auction site" that shows a single attachment point. It seems like it should match up with my carbine wood.

This is the first evidence of a single screw configuration I've seen. Can any of you enlighten me on the history? I have a hunch there was a design change along the way. I'd like to find a barrel compatible with the stock/forearm set I've located, but they don't seem very common.

If any of you have some insight or sources of single fastener barrels, I'd appreciate your thoughts.

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Old 10-19-2020, 11:14 AM
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I'll look at mine when I get a chance: I have 7-30 Waters, 35 Rem and 223.
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:55 AM
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Ed's Contenders has a few factory barrels left.
Ed's Contenders, Thompson Contenders and Encores.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:57 PM
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I have been enjoying my 10" barrels in 221 Fireball and 22 Hornet on varmints as hand guns. The thought of single shot break action rifles would be a step back to my H&R 219 days.

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Old 10-19-2020, 09:59 PM
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Iíd get in touch with Mike Bellm.

Bob Milek told me to contact Mike for several conversions I wanted/needed. (36 years ago.) Damn Iím getting old.

I did get the 6mm-223 barrel that I asked Bob about, from Mike. Once Mike and I sorted out our differences, (to say the least,) I got many more wildcat/different barrels from him. Iím glad I didnít fly down from Alaska to Oregon to accept his offer to a fight, and then a beer AFTER he picked ME up. The offer was interesting though.

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Old 10-20-2020, 01:26 AM
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Thanks for the ideas, guys. When I posted I wondered if anybody would know what a Contender is these days. Admittedly, mine have been sleeping for years. But it underlines why I don't sell anything. It's not the first time I've dusted something off that I'd lost interest in, and been glad I didn't send it down the road.
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I have a 17 Remington that was originally 14". It had a piece of 22 bbl stubbed onto it and pinned, making it a legal 16 1/2" rifle bbl. It's forend has one screw and an attachment bar under it that connects to the two bbl screws. I also have rifle bbls in 223 and 7/30 and 30 Badger, a 38 special necked to 30 cal. Add to that three Encore rifle bbls, there is a lot you can get done with a single shot.
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Another option if you are not set on factory barrels is a custom barrel from Bullberry. While mine has a 2 screw hanger bracket, the foreend only attaches with one screw into the hanger bracket. They built me a beautiful SS HB in 218 Mashburn Bee.
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Funny, just read this and in today's mail I got a catalog from Natchez Shooters Supply and right there on pg 58 is a selection of Contender and Encore barrels.

If the illustrations are accurate, they have one attachment hole visible. Some of them seem a bit pricey, but they might be worth a look.
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Old 10-21-2020, 09:40 AM
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Funny, just read this and in today's mail I got a catalog from Natchez Shooters Supply and right there on pg 58 is a selection of Contender and Encore barrels.

If the illustrations are accurate, they have one attachment hole visible. Some of them seem a bit pricey, but they might be worth a look.
I'll have a look, thanks! I received the same catalog, but it went into the recycling. Should still be there for me to fish out. I wonder if they're clearing out old stock.

Still a bit of a dilemma, my 14" pistol barrels have two attachment points. They're from mid 80's to 2005 or so. I don't know if a single fastener is associated with an older configuration or the 16" carbine barrel, or... ?

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Your 10" barrels have one dovetail
unless they've been cut down from 12" or 14"
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Your 10" barrels have one dovetail
unless they've been cut down from 12" or 14"
Indeed they do! Thanks for catching that. I corrected my post.

I'm still trying to figure out if there are 16" or longer barrels out there with a single dovetail. The carbine kit forearm has a single screw hole. It looks like it would align with a 10" barrel attachment point.
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Back in the late 80's, i put together a 7-30 Waters carbine using the Super 16 barrel and the rynite fore-end and buttstock. The barrel only has the front attachment point, while the fore end has holes for using both attachments.
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Old 10-28-2020, 01:12 PM
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The early 16's and 21's used a single forearm screw, but those barrels were
tapered as I recall.
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Use a Super 14 that you enjoy as a pistol and have David White install an extension for use as a carbine
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The adapter that is held in place with the original screw has 2 screw in holes, and is common (at least used to be years ago) when using 14" barrels. I think there may still be one in my accumulation of Contender parts, and now since I have sold off all my Contenders I wouldn't need. If you need one PM me and I'll go look and see If I can find it.
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Old 11-27-2020, 12:24 PM
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Thanks, H Richard. Sorry for my silence. I missed your post until this morning. I'll have to take a closer look. I don't know if there's room for an adapter in the forearm channel. The longest barrels I have are Super 14. I'm hoping to find a single-screw barrel 16" or longer so I can put this unused carbine buttstock to use. Not that I "need" to do this; I just want to play with a Contender in carbine configuration.
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If you have access to gun shows near you that may be a possibility.
I used to have a Contender. At the MVGCA gun show in Maumee, Oh. There was a vendor that had 4 tables of Contender items. New & used. Boy, they knew their stuff. Might want to try some shows. Bob
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