List of Articles to Help Answer Common Questions about TCs.
"Accidental Discharges" 1/31/02 No such thing and no reason for it to happen.
What a Chamber Throat Is 2/1/02
Throats are something I discuss
here all the time, but just what is a throat? This is included
Factory Barrels," but I felt it deserved to stand alone as well.
About Factory Barrels
Matter of fact points to look at, especially when considering reworking a barrel. Posted 1/27/02
Go Full Custom, or Rework a Factory Barrel?
Depends on your objectives and your budget. Here are some good guidelines.
The Experiment Every Contender Shooter Should Perform
This is the short version that explains
the relationship between how the Contender functions and how you
resize your cases. It applies equally to the Encore, but the Contender is more sensitive to misfires due to not
knowing size die adjustment fundamentals. Must reading to save your sanity.
Chamber Throats 101
Few shooters, or gunsmiths for that matter,
understand the importance of the DIAMETER, not referring to
length, of the throat and how well it is centered with the bore. With this guide you will learn what to look for in
the throats of your barrels and how to judge both the relative size of the throat diameter compared to the
groove diameter and how well it is centered. YOU can do it!
Safety Warning Concerning Contenders and Encores
Both guns can
be quite dangerous IF you allow the hammer to rest on the firing pin with a
round in the
chamber. Read this and understand how the safety mechanisms of these two different frames function.
Blowing Shoulders Forward
A new simple and sure way to blow shoulders forward without stretching cases.
What it is and parameters for doing it to enhance accuracy without doing more harm than good.
Bellm/Shearer Spring-back Breech Pressure Index
How to determine a functional maximum
pressure level with .444 Marlin based wildcats in the Contender
using precise measurements of the case webs. If you have read this before, take another look. It now has
the all important graph of the pressure curve that was lacking previously. Note the inflection point on the
graph.... this is the redline point we are talking about.
About Your Contender Trigger Job
This explains what to
expect with light trigger pulls and/or super smooth trigger & striker contact
Contender Barrels That Unlock and Fly Open When Fired Why it happens and what to do about it.
Contender Misfires. Why it happens and what to do about it. Posted 1/25/02