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Old September 4, 2012, 05:36 PM   #51
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My experience hearing one when they first came out was it's LOUD !! With proper hearing protection it was so loud that everyone on the range stopped and asked 'what was that ? ' .
A 357 is far more versatile and available !
AMEN! Man, that was one unpleasant experience. I was SOOOO glad it belonged to someone ELSE.

What's the utility of it? I never could imagine it doing anything a .357 or .44 mag wouldn't do better.

Now I don't mind anyone having one, but shoot it far away from me.

I do like it in the M1 as a fun shooter.
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Old September 4, 2012, 06:24 PM   #52
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Mine is about the same volume as my friends sp101 in 357. It is not as loud as the 41 or larger calibers.
The gun is fun to shoot, accurate, and fairly flat shooting for a handgun.

There's no real point for most of my guns because I'm a paper punched. However, everybody who has fired the gun had a smile on their face.
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Old September 5, 2012, 09:23 PM   #53
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Back in 1980 (81?) I got a 30 Blackhawk. Cries out for reloading, except when I want to make people at the range hear it go off and say, "WHAT WAS THAT?!?" and then I shoot factory ammo

I have a couple carbines and an Automag III as well. All fun, not much utility, there are better cartridges and platforms, but they are FUN. Nothing wrong with that. Was thinking about the Taurus Raging 30 but decided not to when they discontinued.

Oops - hit post too soon. A 30 carbine DA revolver would be "fun" but not sure there is a market; if there was, the Raging 30 still be made.
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Old September 5, 2012, 09:42 PM   #54
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This gun is just for fun. The bigger the blast the better!

I see no use for a S/A revolver like this. Not into Cowboy Action Shooting.

I bought it just for a fun indoor gun. Can't shoot magnums at my indoor range, but they do allow the .30 carbine. I'd like to get one of my buddies to reload it with a slower burning powder if possible to make an even larger flash!

I already have several 686's and a 629, they provide enough bang for me. The 629 kinda convinced me that I didn't need a .460XVR.
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Old September 6, 2012, 01:17 AM   #55
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1500 fps is not too shabby ... a muzzle energy of 550 ft-lbs ... about the same as a .357 magnum. I won't squawk about that, and the 1900 fps in the M1 Carbine is nothing to sneeze about either (880 ft-lbs). I also find my Black Hawk in .30 Carbine to be accurate. I use it for coyote sometimes, along with the M1 Carbine.

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Old September 6, 2012, 02:40 PM   #57
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I honestly don't know why, other than just because... no good reason

I have a 30 carbine blackhawk, & will keep it... it's actually less powerful & less versitile than the 357's... I think when they came out, it was to take advantage of all the cheap surpluss ammo... that is gone now, so buying cheap new manufacture, is no different than buying cheap 357 ammo... the carbine, is very marginal on deer anything bigger than the dog sized varieties put the cartridge in a 6" barrel, & it's a wood chuck to yote gun at best, & offers nothing that can't be done better with the 357 or even a 38...

that said, handloading with faster powders makes it better in the revolver, but not better than the 357...

I'm up in the air right now, about doing a custom on my 30 carbine blackhawk, or keeping it as such... I've had it since those days of cheap surplus, & I have a carbine & an Automag 3 that shoot the cartridge, so I like it... just don't think it's going to warrent a new model
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Without reading the whole thread, do you need half moon clips?
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Old September 6, 2012, 08:32 PM   #59
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No moon clips needed for this round.
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