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#188443 - 01/07/18 01:10 PM Ruger .30 carbine
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What are your thoughts on the .30 carbine cartridge in a handgun. I have a chance at a Ruger Blackhawk in this caliber at a good price, would it be a good caliber for deer or varmint hunting...thanks!
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#188448 - 01/07/18 02:44 PM Re: Ruger .30 carbine [Re: longhunter]
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NM or OM? They are great sixguns, not really ideal for deer but they will work if you're really careful but they are much better suited for small game & everyone I've ever owned shot great. The 100 gr Plinker bullets are one of the best, also the 110 gr RN bullets shoot fantastic in them. I mostly shoot 2400 powder in mine but a lot of guys prefer H110.
I almost always shoot 32/20 brass in mine to get away from the head space problems associated with the rimless 30 carbine. You can do it too if yours is a New Model. Just use 32/20 dies, you will have to trim the cases just a bit & I use cast bullets sized to .312" or .313" in mine. These are HP's that I'm using & they shoot great. Good luck if you buy it!

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#188450 - 01/07/18 03:15 PM Re: Ruger .30 carbine [Re: sixshot]
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 Originally Posted By: sixshot

I almost always shoot 32/20 brass in mine to get away from the head space problems associated with the rimless 30 carbine. You can do it too if yours is a New Model. Just use 32/20 dies, you will have to trim the cases just a bit & I use cast bullets sized to .312" or .313" in mine. These are HP's that I'm using & they shoot great. Good luck if you buy it!

Dick

I dont reload so would be using factory ammo, what kind of head space problem are we talking about.
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#188451 - 01/07/18 03:54 PM Re: Ruger .30 carbine [Re: longhunter]
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Every Blackhawk I've shot in 30 Carbine has been a tack driver!!

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#188481 - 01/09/18 02:09 PM Re: Ruger .30 carbine [Re: FROSTY]
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The 30 Carbine is a rimless case like the 45 Auto so it head spaces on the case mouth. If brass isn't the correct length you will have problems with misfires if cases are too short, or cases being too long & not chambering. A rimmed case like the 32/20 or a 357, 44 magnum or 45 Colt head spaces on the rim so you don't have that problem. Good luck with your purchase, they are fine shooting guns.

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#188493 - 01/10/18 10:22 AM Re: Ruger .30 carbine [Re: sixshot]
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They're great shooters. I own and shoot one. Dick's right on the problem with headspace. IF you reload 32-20 brass works well in place of carbine brass. I've never shot a 'store bought' round in mine, but if I were to, I'd stick with the 110-125gr SP's.
Enjoy it, they're almost as much fun as my .32's!
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