I know the TC Contender was a hot item back when I was a little guy and shooting steel rams was a big thing, but it seems like you don't hear as much about them now. I had always wanted one and honestly didn't know why, as I prefer to do my handgun hunting with a wheelgun, but now through a series of good deals I'm the owner of one. As I've thought about it over the last few days I think I have found a reason to hang onto it.
As I'm setup now all I have is a gen1 Contender with a Super 14 barrel chambered for the 35 Remington. I chose this barrel because not only was it cheap, but it has a combo of about the most recoil I want and enough power for pretty much any game I might encounter with it, and I already had beaucoup brass, bullets, and a die set.
I plan to get my hands on a 10" 22lr barrel to go with it for small game sometime soon. When I have the two barrels my thinking is that it will be a easy to cram in a camp box combo to do double duty on flyout hunting trips. Leave the 22 barrel on it for ptarmigan and rabbits for the pot and have the centerfire barrel tucked away somewhere incase someone's rifle goes south during the trip. I usually pack an extra of some description but often find that I've packed the wrong one, IE I have my 22 and someone's scope breaks, or I pack an extra rifle or my 44 and we fill our tags and are up to the eyeballs in ptarmigan around camp. This will mean less weight and I'll always have the right extra gun.
Ive got lots of books on Contenders and loading for them, but I like to hear of real world experience if possible and go from there. So if any of you use or used to shoot a TC, pull up a chair and spin some yarns. If you have any caliber suggestions that you think may better serve my wants by all means tell me what you know. Loads would be welcome as well.