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moonbat60
August 03, 2015, 23:59
Guys,

I'm thinking of buying a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine.

Who on here owns one and what can you tell me about it ?

MAINER
August 04, 2015, 08:19
They were a great "plinker" back when surp 30 carb. ammo was sold cheap. Decent cartridge for small game especially on Fox or Yotes if you want minimal damage to the pelt.

I have no reservations about the Ruger, but the .30 Carb. cartridge is not up to snuff for my purposes. With a 110 grain .30 cal bullet at 1400~1500 fps it is a flat shooter out to 100 yards or so.

Unless you already have a Carbine and ammo, I can't think of any advantage of choosing a .30 Carb over the .357 Mag., especially if you are a reloader, in which case the .30 Carb. is a pain you know where.

Forgot to mention that them Ruger .30 Carb's is LOUD!

W.E.G.
August 04, 2015, 08:51
The .327 magnum has more bullet choices.

The carbine has nostalgia.

Depends on what you want it for.

FUUN063
August 04, 2015, 09:48
Too loud for what your getting. Unless you just "want" it in that caliber for some reason, get a .327 or .357. I recently sold mine.


Leland

K. Funk
August 04, 2015, 09:48
I have a decent Old Model 3 screw if you interested. I think they are pretty cool. I know they have a rep for being loud, but I don't think they are that bad.

krf

paul fowler
August 04, 2015, 10:47
Last one of those I saw was in a pawn shop in Antlers OK. Back in 98'. Very interesting and uncommon. Almost sought that one way back when.

W.E.G.
August 04, 2015, 11:31
They're not very loud at all if you don't shoot them.

If you feel compelled to shoot it for shits and grins, double-up the ear protection, and (preferably) shoot it outside.

It will dance some tin cans OK.

Folks of gentle disposition don't enjoy shooting them much.

I appreciate guns such as this for their collectible interest more than as day-to-day shooters.

I've got a no-clicks-missing three-screw .357, and it strains my brain to think of anything that some other horse pistol could do that the .357 cannot do. Everything else in the horse pistol class is pretty much just "check out this old gun" kind of stuff.

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bulletslap
August 04, 2015, 22:03
If you can put up with the muzzle blast and the fact that they don't like reloads (the dies never resize the case properly) they are good to go.

moonbat60
August 05, 2015, 01:26
Oh, I've got a Freedom Arms .454 Casull with a 7 1/2" barrel. It is also LOUD.

SWOHFAL
August 05, 2015, 04:28
Oh, I've got a Freedom Arms .454 Casull with a 7 1/2" barrel. It is also LOUD.

And more useful.

gunplumber
August 05, 2015, 07:52
Had one many years ago. I did not much care for it, but at the time, I was knee deep in M1 carbines so it made sense.

Can't see the point today.

moonbat60
August 06, 2015, 01:12
I guess that you're getting me convinced NOT to buy one, Mark.

gunplumber
August 06, 2015, 07:44
I guess that you're getting me convinced NOT to buy one, Mark.

Unless you're knee-deep in .30 carbine ammo, or are a collector of Ruger Revolvers, I don't see the point. You've got a 110g bullet at 2000 fps out of a 16" barrel. I suspect you're down around 1300 FPS out of a 6" barrel. Which is less than a 125g .357 Mag. So what have you gained?

4x401
August 06, 2015, 11:06
I had a couple back in the eighties. M-1 carb. ammo was abundant. Sold both when my supply dried up. I could handle the "Loud" part, but the muzzle flash was very annoying.

tdb59
August 06, 2015, 11:39
30 Carbine cylinders are great for rechambering to more desirable calibers.


That is about it.




$ .02




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MilsurpMonkey
August 06, 2015, 11:42
I've got a pair of first year .30 carbine Blackhawk (1968 I think) they are my favorite plinkers, they consistently hit pop cans at 100yds. Amazingly accurate for what they are. Blast is impressive from gi ball ammo, the commercial stuff isn't bad. Sold all my old flat tops and other 3 screws, couldn't part with the .30s though. But then again, I shoot a .30-30 Winchester contender with a 10" barrel for grins :biggrin:

SWOHFAL
August 07, 2015, 03:46
30 Carbine cylinders are great for rechambering to more desirable calibers.


That is about it.




$ .02




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Isn't .300 Blackout just a touch too long and the case diameter also a tad larger?

Timber Wolf
August 07, 2015, 17:52
Got one, just to round out having "most" of the calibers Blackhawks have come in, it is also my only 3 screw. As such it will stay around a while yet. Don't know about it not liking reloads. To be honest I can't remember ever shooting it.:facepalm: I suppose another reason to keep it is because a .30 Blackhawk was the first centerfire handgun I ever shot. A friend of my older brother had a M1 and Blackhawk and I got to shoot the pistol way back when. The noise and blast was most impressive to an impressionable 'yout.;)

tdb59
August 07, 2015, 18:21
Isn't .300 Blackout just a touch too long and the case diameter also a tad larger?

If you are referring to rechambering a 30 Carbine cylinder, the 30 Carbine shares the same frame as the 44 Magnum.

Using a 30 Carbine cylinder, a custom revolver in 44-40, 45 Colt, 38-40, et cetera can be built with line-bored chambers, closer tolerances.



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