There is definitely something wrong with me. After shooting Matt's AMT AutoMag III in .30 Carbine, and witnessing the spectacular fireball, I had the craziest of ideas.
How about a scandium frame/titanium cylinder J-frame with a 6-round cylinder in .30 Carbine?
I'll bet the fireball would be nothing short of magnificent! Now, my recollection is that .30 Carbine is about as powerful as a stout .38 Special +P round, so you'd be gaining a round without sacrificing any power. If you could squeeze 7 rounds into the cylinder that'd be great, but I just don't think there's enough room to do it. Wonder if you could get 8 rounds in an L-frame cylinder? Or 10 in an N-frame? Boy, howdy, an N-frame with a 10 round cylinder and a 8 3/8" barrel would be pretty flippin' amazing, too.
Now, Wally checked the specs, and the OAL of .30 Carbine is like a millimeter longer than a .357 Magnum. Unfortunately, even the .44 Magnum isn't as long as that, and you have to move into the .454 Casull range before you find a cartridge with an OAL that meets or exceeds the .30 Carbine. So you could get a 4" barrel X-frame revolver with a 10 - 12 round cylinder... Unless, of course, you move up to the S&W Governor, which since it is chambered for .410 would easily be long enough. Six rounds of .45 ACP should give enough room for 8 .30 Carbine. That'd be something right there...
Hmmm. Maybe this idea isn't as crazy as I thought. Now, Taurus at one point in time made one of their "Raging Bull" revolvers in .30 Carbine. Ruger still makes their Blackhawk in .30 Carbine - maybe I could get them to graft a .30 Carbine cylinder to a SP101 frame and get a 6-shot SP101? Boy, that'd be something too. Heck, put the .30 Carbine cylinder into the SP101 with a 2" barrel. Or stretch the LCR frame, ooh, I wonder if that's possible... The goal, in case you're wondering, is to get a fireball visible from space out of a handgun. I'm thinking something on par with a Mosin Nagant M44 or Wally's AK-54 here.
So, what crazy pairings would you like to see?
That is all.