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Hello to all.
 
I'm Kent from Pennsylvania, 58, grey and nearsighted....   Just begining to learn bench target shooting.  I had wanted to target shoot with a handgun for many years but never did until recently.  I purchased a used T/C Contender package from a old friend when he decided to thin his shooting items.  The package is the frame and 5 handgun barrels and 1 rifle barrel.
 
The Contender is an older blued frame from the mid 80's.  I changed the basic grip to a right hand thumb rest style.  This seems to fit my hand better, making what I believe is a firmer but yet more relaxed grip when at the bench.  All my barrels are T/C and are good enough for me at this time. 
 
My number one barrel choice from the package is the 223 Remington, 12" with muzzle break.  It had a 2 1/2 T/C scope on it but I quickly changed it to a Burris 3x-12x plex on Burris mounts.  Shooting with (factory load) Federal standard load 55 gr. pointed soft points, I have practiced my way to 3 shot groups of under 2" at 100 yards (on most days....   some days, I'm not so good !). 
 
My second choice barrel is the 14" 22lr match.  I put the 2 1/2 T/C scope on it that was on the 223.  It is ok for now, but I do need something better.  My eye sight is just too poor for the low power or clarity of the little t/c.
 
The other barrels are a ribbed 10" 45 long colt /410 with bead sight.  A very early sample of a 12" 44 mag /410 with iron sights and a thread on barrel extension choke in front of the blade front sight (odd looking thing !)
 
The last is the 45/70 Gov, 12" barrel with muzzle break.  It has a 1 1/2x-4 1/2x Nikon scope.  This is a very bright and clear scope, but a 4 1/2x it is too weak for my nearsighted eyes to go beyond 50 yards and still see the definition on target center.  At 50 yards I am grouping 3 shots about 3".  I don't shoot more than 4 or 5 groups until the brutal recoil makes me stop.
 
That's a little long winded for an opener, but again....    Hello to all !   kent
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This is the scope I have on my T/C. http://www.samplelist.com/Nikon-25-8x28-Encore-EER-Handgun-Scope-DEMO-B-P973.aspx
I have Weaver rails and Leupold QR rings so that I can use just the one scope. I know you stated that 4.5 X wasnt enough for your eyes but I never turn the magnification up past 4x because the eye relief becomes to close and the narrow field of view makes finding your target difficult. I dont have a 45-70 barrel but am keeping my eyes open. I really want one in 16 inch so I can use it as a pistol or carbine.
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Kent,
Welcome to the world of specialty handguns.
I do some target shooting with the single-shot SP's as well.
Don't have any TC products anymore, but have used both Contenders  and Encores in the past.
The Burris 3-12 LER is the best factory LER target scope that exists.
There are some custom optics but they get expensive.
When shooting TC's remember to try to keep the pressure the same in the grip area each time and place the bag on the forend  in the same place each time.  TC's can be sensitive at times in these two areas.
Also make sure your parallax is adjusted correctly with that 3-12 as well.
Welcome to OT!
Ernie


Originally posted by T/C kent T/C kent wrote:

Hello to all.
 
I'm Kent from Pennsylvania, 58, grey and nearsighted....   Just begining to learn bench target shooting.  I had wanted to target shoot with a handgun for many years but never did until recently.  I purchased a used T/C Contender package from a old friend when he decided to thin his shooting items.  The package is the frame and 5 handgun barrels and 1 rifle barrel.
 
The Contender is an older blued frame from the mid 80's.  I changed the basic grip to a right hand thumb rest style.  This seems to fit my hand better, making what I believe is a firmer but yet more relaxed grip when at the bench.  All my barrels are T/C and are good enough for me at this time. 
 
My number one barrel choice from the package is the 223 Remington, 12" with muzzle break.  It had a 2 1/2 T/C scope on it but I quickly changed it to a Burris 3x-12x plex on Burris mounts.  Shooting with (factory load) Federal standard load 55 gr. pointed soft points, I have practiced my way to 3 shot groups of under 2" at 100 yards (on most days....   some days, I'm not so good !). 
 
My second choice barrel is the 14" 22lr match.  I put the 2 1/2 T/C scope on it that was on the 223.  It is ok for now, but I do need something better.  My eye sight is just too poor for the low power or clarity of the little t/c.
 
The other barrels are a ribbed 10" 45 long colt /410 with bead sight.  A very early sample of a 12" 44 mag /410 with iron sights and a thread on barrel extension choke in front of the blade front sight (odd looking thing !)
 
The last is the 45/70 Gov, 12" barrel with muzzle break.  It has a 1 1/2x-4 1/2x Nikon scope.  This is a very bright and clear scope, but a 4 1/2x it is too weak for my nearsighted eyes to go beyond 50 yards and still see the definition on target center.  At 50 yards I am grouping 3 shots about 3".  I don't shoot more than 4 or 5 groups until the brutal recoil makes me stop.
 
That's a little long winded for an opener, but again....    Hello to all !   kent
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I have a T/C with a Bushnell 1.3X on a 357 barrel and that works good for me at about 75 yards. I am near sighted too. Have to shoot with my glasses off to see the sights clearly but then can't see the target very well. I've been looking for a scope for my S&W 22a (22lr) and have seen a lot of conflicting takes on it. Simmons, NcStar, etc. Some people think I should buy a $500 scope, have heard that NcStar is not a very good one (around $50), I've heard that Simmons (around $75 after their 25% cash rebate) is a POC and that it works great for others. Personally I'm not going to spend a lot of money for a scope for a 22lr, because I don't think I have too (I may be wrong). Not much recoil to a .22 and I don't think it would be very hard on a scope, and all I'm trying to accomplish is magnification so I can see the sights and the target (both) clearly. I'm looking strongly at the Simmons 4X32 Pro-hunter #7739. Well, that's my 2 cents worth.
Happy shooting, Bernie
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Welcome, T/C kent.  If you can check out the 2 1/2-8X32 Leupold.  Mine has survived years of full throtle .454 firings.
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