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Old 06-12-2020, 01:49 PM
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Anyone load / shoot 32-20 in their Ruger Blackhawk .30 Carbines?
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Old 06-12-2020, 02:27 PM
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No, but I have reloaded 32 S&W, 32 Long, 32 Mag, 32-20 and 327 Federal and 30 carbine. My ex father in law had a marlin I played with in 30 carbine. I bought a couple of 32-20 rifles I've loaded for. Try blue dot in 32-20 and 30 carbine loads. You don't need H110! You can use 231 for plinker loads too. Let me know if you have any more specific questions. I don't know if 32-20 will fit in a 30 carbine blackhawk but I can tell you it's not a good idea. You will probably get one loading from the thin 32-20 case necks in unsupported chambers.
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32-20 Ruger Blackhawk

I've wanted one for years, just wondering if a guy would have to get a new 32-20 cylinder fitted or just ream the .30 carbine cylinder.
I've always used 5grs +or- 1/2gr of Unique with 85 to 110gr bullets in my Marlin 1894 CL and T/C Contender.
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Had a Ruger Blackhawk .30 carbine years ago . . .

. . . recoil wasn't bad and it was a flat shooter. But loud - no LOUD , enough to make me flinch even with ear protection. So I reluctantly let it go to someone else. A pity - a nice gun to keep beside my in my pick-up onn the bench seat.

The .32 Magnum is a very good round, it deserves more popularity. Not as loud as the .30 Carbine and is easy to shoot.
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A friend of mine bought a new Ruger in 30 carbine many decades ago. He said he stopped in the desert on the way home, to shoot it. He didnít have any hearing protection in the truck, but he shot it anyway. He said he only shot one round and it was the most excruciating pain in his ears that he had ever experienced. He sold it shortly afterward. He couldnít hunt with it, without having really good hearing protection.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:18 AM
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30 Carbine can be tamed by hand loading.

I played with 231 and Blue Dot in 30 carbine. Faster powders should tame the blast from a pistol and may reduce speed a bit but not necessarily. H110 really needs a long rifle barrel to get efficient combustion. I found in 357 that Blue Dot and other medium rate powders like 800x can be very competitive from 6 inch barreled revolvers. If loaded with 32-20 data, the 30 carbine is actually very pleasant and the case is much tougher than a thin mouth 32-20. Fun calibers to play with if you are not a mega bruiser fan.
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