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  • Ruger Blackhawk .30 Carbine info

    Anyone have one of these?
    Ive only fires one a few times, and it had very low recoil, great accuracy and huge muzzle blast from its 7.5” Barrel.
    Ive also heard that there’s handloading issues.
    I pretty much forgot about this model.
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    yeah.. I got one... mine is an early one which is good news bad news. Good news is that there is enough headspace to use 32-20 brass.. bad news is that the chambers are so rough that the thing jams up solid after 5-12 rouns of .30 carbine ammo. I am using cast slugs and 32-20 brass.. it is low recoil.. cases fall out and it is no muzzle blast to speak of.

    lazs

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      • #4
        Originally posted by swampshooter View Post
        Loudest pistol I've ever been around.

        You wouldn't be kidding us would you? I haven't had any problems reloading for my Ruger ot that finding a load I like. I'm trying to find something on the light side with cast bullets. I have molds for bullets ranging from 100 gr. to 125 gr. and the 125 gr. bullet is not bad. Even the light loads are loud and extraction is stiff due to rough chamber walls. I wonder if Ruger felt they were necessary as I seems I'm always hearing that complaint on the rough chambers. BTW, even the light loads have a bit a a sharp nasty bark. yeah, they are load.
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        • #5
          For some reason using 32-20 cases at the same velocity as the 30 carbine loads.... the 32-20 loads are not near as loud... and the cases just fall out.

          lazs

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DarkShooter View Post
            Anyone have one of these?
            Ive only fires one a few times, and it had very low recoil, great accuracy and huge muzzle blast from its 7.5” Barrel.
            Ive also heard that there’s handloading issues.
            I pretty much forgot about this model.
            D.S.
            Yup, have had one for many years now. It's a love hate thing for me. Love the cartridge, hate the gun and for that matter Ruger's in general (bought quite a few over the years, I've never owned one that's been right, they've all had some sort of manufacturing and or design problems) the Black Hawk being no exception. That being said I finally found one bullet and load that'll shoot a group at 25 yards... From five of the 6 chambers, the sixth chamber of the cylinder being so tight that every 30 carbine cartridge fired in it exhibits over pressure signs! That especially includes every factory cartridge I've tried, as well as my most mild hand loads.

            Anyway, what the other five chambers of the cylinder like is a plated 98g Nagant DEWC available from Graf's...
            Assuming I do my part the DEWC's will shoot a nice tight group, as opposed to the patterns produced by every other bullet type and weight I've played with over the years.

            I did hear from a friend of a friend that there is a guy up in Ohio somewhere that bought a brand new Ruger and it shot really great right out of the box... Not sure what to make of that story though.
            Graf's plated bullets begin as a swaged lead core. The swaged lead cores are tumbled in an electrically charged bath containing high-grade copper ingots. The copper clings to the lead and the longer the bullets remain in the bath, the thicker the plating.  The bullets are plated to the correct size and then taken out of the bath. This is not loaded ammunition.
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            • #7
              Ok.. every middle class gun owner in the world is mad when I say that Ruger does tend to have problems with their revolvers. That being said...........get a good one? u got a great deal.. get a bad one? you are kinda.. well.. in a bad place. they will never admit that mismatched throat and barrel dimensions mean anything.. they are correct.. if you care about handguns why are you not buying a more expensive gun? not being contentious here but the fact is the worst Ruger revolver shoots better than most of us can hold. Does the one inch better sandbag group of a good smith or Colt or Dan Wesson matter? mostly not 2"? yeah.. maybe.. guys who measure stuff? it is kinda irritating.

              To ME.. the 30 carbine blackhawk is a great example of the difference between a Python and a Ruger.. now.. to be fair.. I have seen plenty of Rugers that were... perfect.

              lazs

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