So as luck would have it, as soon as I finished my 222mag project I stumbled onto another 700 short action for a song. It is also a 222mag, what are the odds, but the bore is toast and it is stockless for now. I happened upon a cut rifled 10" twisted .284 barrel blank for the princely sum of a 100$bill. And my mind started whirring. I have a 17rem and the deuce mag for varmint critters and so have no need for another purely varmint caliber. I was scanning through my load manuals and happened upon the section for the 7TCU. Got to thinking that with a longer(20") barrel and the 120gr ballistic tip that it might make a nice little pickup rifle for kicking around the ranch back home. Have enough more bullet weight for our small deer and hogs using good shot placement, and a low enough velocity to keep it from being explosive on turkeys. No reason it wouldn't work for coyotes and bobcats too I wouldn't suppose. Thought too that it would be just the ticket for Baby Sister to use as her deer rifle, light recoil and cheap to load for, she likely wouldn't shoot past 200yds anyway.
Trouble is I've never visited with anyone whose used one in a rifle. The speeds attainable from a 10" Contender are hohum until you stop and think about the fact that they are measured from a 10" barrel. I figure that 2400fps should be attainable from a 20" boltgun and that sounds about ideal for my described uses to me.
Anybody on here ever fool with one? Handgun or rifle doesn't matter I'd just like to hear your thoughts and any good load recommendations you may have. Also I need a set of dies but don't wish to pay 80$ for hornady, so if anyone has a no longer used set lying around they'd part with I'm interested.