.327 mag vs .30 carbine in a Blackhawk?


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John C
March 5, 2011, 03:08 AM
I'm looking at picking up a Ruger Blackhawk in .327 magnum. I've never seen one in person, nor shot one. How loud is the .327 in a Blackhawk? Is it as loud as .30 carbine?

One time I was at the range and a guy next to me was shooting a Blackhawk in .30 carbine, and boy, that sucker was LOUD! Even with earmuffs and earplugs, the blast was atrocious.

I want a fun plinker, not a scorcher like the .30 carbine. I'm wondering if the .327 is more pistol than I want. I have plenty of .357s and .44 magnums if I want more power.

Thanks,

-John

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HelterSkelter
March 5, 2011, 03:48 AM
.327 mag is less noisy than a .357 mag. i have never shot any gun that used 30 carbine but i would imagine a 30 calliber rifle round would be louder than a 32 caliber hangun round by quite a bit.

NG VI
March 5, 2011, 03:55 AM
.30 Carbine is basically an outsized pistol round.

If you load, then the .327 could probably be a nice cheap option, as far as I know there's a decent number of .32 bullets out there and it shouldn't take much powder, I'd say go for it. Didn't the .30 Carbine Blackhawks end up getting gas cutting after some extended usse, or was that the .357 Maximum Blackhawks?

awgrizzly
March 5, 2011, 05:59 PM
The .30 M1 Carbine cartridge, being design for a longer barrel than the Blackhawk, has a greater discharge and creates a lot more noise and fire than a normal pistol cartridge. It's main usefulness is causing a stir at the range. :fire:

Sam1911
March 5, 2011, 06:09 PM
If you load a .327 with a max charge of H110, it is going to be just as loud as a .30 Carbine Blackhawk. The .30 Carb. beats it by a grain or two of powder charge for the same bullet weight, but they're very similar.

If you load either one with more mild charges of faster pistol powders, you won't see so much blast, flash, ... or velocity.

I do quite enjoy my .30 Carb. Blackhawk. There aren't a whole lot of handguns that routinely break 1,400 fps. All that do draw a certain amount of attention when fired on the range.

halfmoonclip
March 6, 2011, 06:20 PM
If you really want dazzling velocity in a handgun, .30 Tok with Czech subgun loads will break 1600 fps....that, of course, is an autopistol, and this is the wrong place for that.
I don't think I have ever seen anything about .30 Carbine in a handgun without some remark about it being really freakin' loud. And it is.
Moon

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