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CUSTOM CONTENDER & G2 BARRELS
Available Calibers – blued Chrome-Moly or Stainless
Calibers noted above as "G2 only" are only available for use in the modern G2 actions, not the classic Contender and will be marked accordingly. This is for your safety due to potential pressure levels in these cartridges. Call us if you have any questions.
* Custom barrels chambered in 30-221/300 Blackout are designed and built to minimum chamber specs. These are handload-only chambers and will NOT accept once-fired and/or remanufactured brass.
** Custom barrels chambered in 7.62 x 39 will be built on a true .308" groove barrel. This does not allow for use of ANY re-manufactured or factory-built ammunition regardless of bullet diameter used. These products are commonly made for traditional military chambers with larger bore sizes or have been fired in oversized chambers and may cause damage to your firearm when used in our barrels. Our 7.62 x 39 barrels are intended to be handload-only.
*** Custom barrels chambered in 32 H&R Mag. and 327 Federal will be build on a true .308" groove barrel and not a 32 caliber pistol bore (.312" groove). This does not allow for use of ANY factory-built ammunition. Barrels in these calibers are intended to be handload-only.
‡ The 45-70 US Government when used in the classic Contender or G2 actions should be limited in pressures by utilizing original Marlin Model 1895 loading data.
Pricing – Premium Quality Custom Contender/G2 Barrels
All custom barrel pricing includes:
Bullberry hanger system
Drilling & tapping of your choice
Barrel profile of your choice
11° recessed target crown*
* Black powder barrels feature a 45° crown to aid in bullet and/or sabot seating
NOTE: Maximum rifle barrel lengths may vary by barrel supplier (typically 26 1/2" or 27"). The addition of integral muzzle brakes, or requesting an upgrade to a longer special-order blank can adjust these typical maximums; a price increase may apply.
Please call us with any questions.
Select Barrel Premiums
How Do I Place My Custom Order?
You should know that most orders do not require any deposit. Non-refundable deposits are required for all special order barrels, in the value of the corresponding "premium". Deposits are also requested for special order add-ons like G2 frames and scopes.
If you have any additional questions about our ordering and production system, please check out our page on The Custom Order Process.
Standard Barrel Profiles
Bullberry Contender/G2 barrels are most often made in a straight Bull profile. The Bull profile is considered optimum for both balance and accuracy in the already lightweight Contender; these also match the modern G2 barrels from T/C. If you prefer a lighter weight barrel for any reason just specify the details when ordering. Please note, however, that standard Bullberry tapers start 5 inches ahead of the breech to allow ample room for scope mounting using any manufacturer's hardware. The original Contender carbine barrel's muzzle diameter can be matched on your new custom barrel upon request. Other common tapers will feature muzzle diameters of .750" to .500" (in .050" increments), though this is dependent upon the barrel's bore dimension.
Click on either of the to-scale profile drawings below to open a larger PDF file for easier viewing.
Optional Barrel Add-ons and Accessories
Muzzlebrakes, muzzle threading, sights and scope mounts are the most common additions to our custom barrels. Please visit our Accessories page for full options and pricing breakdowns on a variety of extras.
If you are new to the T/C break-actions, you may want to start with the Encore® or ProHunter™ if you are interested in larger calibers (higher chamber pressures) than listed above. The classic Contender® frames have not been produced since the 1990s, though you may find used Contenders on the market (many customers have found success on GunBroker.com). The more modern G2® is readily available again from our suppliers, after not being produced and sold new for more than 5 years. As always, we offer these frames for purchase as a courtesy to barrel customers, as availability allows. We do not purchase frames for inventory purposes.
Contender® and G2™ Frames
Interested in a trigger adjustment? For more information visit our Gunsmithing Services page.