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Old July 24, 2014, 03:40 PM   #1
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The Ruger Redhawk is back

I'm not sure when it first reappeared, but the standard Redhawk is available on the Ruger site again.

I need to jump before it disappears again. The 5.5" looks great.
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Old July 24, 2014, 04:51 PM   #2
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I don't think the Redhawk is going away anytime soon. The super Redhawk is too ugly to fully replace the Redhawk. That does matter to a lot of people. I like the 5.5" Redhawk too.
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Old July 24, 2014, 07:47 PM   #3
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I've been seeing them in several shops lately. They are even making a snub nose.

http://www.realguns.com/articles/636.htm
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Old July 24, 2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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Snub isn't quite in production yet.
Possibly in two or three weeks.
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Old July 24, 2014, 09:56 PM   #5
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Redhawks are special. They'll never go away for very long.

Wish they would make a blued 5.5 inch model chambered in 45 Colt. Or maybe an 8-round 357 version.
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Old July 24, 2014, 10:44 PM   #6
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That snub is crying out to be chambered in .45 colt.
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Old July 24, 2014, 11:11 PM   #7
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Fully agree.
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Old July 25, 2014, 01:53 AM   #8
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4 inch Redhawk, round butt, stainless, in .45 LC.

Now THAT I'd buy.

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Old July 25, 2014, 06:28 AM   #9
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I'll take mine in .45 ACP please , or in .45 LC and off to get it cut for moon clips.
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Old July 25, 2014, 09:03 AM   #10
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I love that Talo snubbie but already have a custom Dan Wesson 44 mag snubbie... but a stainless 4" would also be really nice...
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Old July 25, 2014, 09:30 AM   #11
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For me the Redhawk is a .44Mag and only a .44 Mag. I love my 4" stainless, but must confess that if I were to buy again, assuming the same price, I'd find it hard to choose between the 4 and 5.5". The latter's proportions are just fantastic!!

And the sturdiness!!
In .44 Mag, I've never really worked out of the RH and SRH were any different in this respect.

Out of interest, does the RH in .45LC enjoy the same rep for strength as the . 45 Blackhawk? I mean, could it hand similar hot .45 loads as the SBH in .45 or the .454 Casull chambered SRH?
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Old July 25, 2014, 09:37 AM   #12
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If it's offered in .41 Rem Mag, 4", blued, I'll be all over it.
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Old July 25, 2014, 09:53 AM   #13
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I've got two, a 4" and a 7.5". I just need to buy a 5.5" and I'd be all set!
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Old July 25, 2014, 11:12 AM   #14
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For me the Redhawk is a .44Mag and only a .44 Mag. I love my 4" stainless, but must confess that if I were to buy again, assuming the same price, I'd find it hard to choose between the 4 and 5.5". The latter's proportions are just fantastic!!

And the sturdiness!!
In .44 Mag, I've never really worked out of the RH and SRH were any different in this respect.

Out of interest, does the RH in .45LC enjoy the same rep for strength as the . 45 Blackhawk? I mean, could it hand similar hot .45 loads as the SBH in .45 or the .454 Casull chambered SRH?
Both my Redhawks are 45 Colt, one 4.25 and one 5.5 inches in barrel lengths. The only purpose for me with these guns, in that caliber (and double action) is to allow exploring the real potential of 45 Colt. I favor stainless guns and the speed and ease of reloading a double action, although I typically shoot single action. I like my .41 Magnum Blackhawk too, so I'm sure 45 Colt load development can be enjoyed with either platform.
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Old July 25, 2014, 06:14 PM   #15
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Glad it's back! Too late for me now but once upon a time I really wanted a blue 5.5". At the time I went with a 6" DW instead. Not sure I would make the same choice again but since the flux capacitor in my time machine is burnt out we'll never know.
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Old July 25, 2014, 06:38 PM   #16
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I've been seeing them in several shops lately. They are even making a snub nose.

http://www.realguns.com/articles/636.htm
Oh, interesting! Get a decent rubber grip, and shoot your .44 Special out of that.

Also in .454 Casull

Oh **** no!
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Old July 25, 2014, 07:24 PM   #17
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Why the hiatus?

Did they change anything? I've always thought a double action in .45 colt with 4" barrel would fill a need in my collection.
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Old July 25, 2014, 07:38 PM   #18
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Out of interest, does the RH in .45LC enjoy the same rep for strength as the . 45 Blackhawk? I mean, could it hand similar hot .45 loads as the SBH in .45 or the .454 Casull chambered SRH?
My 4 inch (not 4.25 inch) 45LC Redhawk will shoot a 345 grain Beartooth bullet at 1235 fps with a heavy load of H-110.

I'm not sure that the SBH cylinder is long enough for that bullet.

The 45LC Redhawk cylinder is as long as the 454 SRH cylinder and there are bullets (Beartooth is one) that will make use of that extra length with 45LC brass.

The 454 cylinder is stronger and you could probably get another grain or two of powder into the 45LC load but I'm not sure that I'd want to shoot it.

As an aside, here's the reason I bought my Redhawk -
http://www.adn.com/article/20140724/...ear-mauled-him

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Old July 26, 2014, 01:36 AM   #19
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My 4 inch (not 4.25 inch) 45LC Redhawk will shoot a 345 grain Beartooth bullet at 1235 fps with a heavy load of H-110.
Wow....just wow!

My RH is the 4.2" .44 Mag and the most I have loaded (novice reloader here) has been either a 240gr at 1350fps, and a 275gr at about 1200fps.
I have 300gr plated bullets that could be pushed out to 1200 too (presently about 1100fps), but beyond that I don't think I'd risk it any further!

Your anecdote supports a web article I had read following a link in a TFL thread. In it, a reloader who seems to specialise in 45LC made comparisons between .44Mag and .45LC in Redhawks (IIRR). Interesting read.

His conclusion was that you could duplicate .44Mag performance in the .45 but with significantly lower pressures, which sounds very enticing given that Redhawks can already handle higher than average pressures!

Going back to the topic I agree that the linked .44Mag snub looks fantastic!!
Whenever I read these threads, I am reminded of what a great buy my RH has been!!
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Old July 26, 2014, 05:44 AM   #20
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Let's hope Ruger finally found a solution for uneven heating of components, which resulted in a bound cylinder.
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Old July 26, 2014, 09:52 AM   #21
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My 4 inch (not 4.25 inch) 45LC Redhawk will shoot a 345 grain Beartooth bullet at 1235 fps with a heavy load of H-110.
This is really about as heavy a load as I'd want to carry for bear defense. In the article I mentioned above, the bear apparently had the guys' arm and hand in it's mouth and the guy pulled his 44M with his free hand and shot the bear 3 times. The heavy magnum loads are hard to shoot with one hand.

Here's a news report about the bear attack
http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/sow-sh...r-man/27137910
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Old July 26, 2014, 10:26 AM   #22
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I love the way the grips look on the RedHawks (except the hogue rubber grips) they're have beautiful lines. The RedHawks are one of the better looking double action revolvers. That Talo snubnose gorgeous.
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Old July 26, 2014, 11:07 AM   #23
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The grips are not so much fun to shoot though, with your hand tucked up behind that trigger guard.
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Old July 26, 2014, 04:27 PM   #24
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This is really about as heavy a load as I'd want to carry for bear defense.
In my case I have loaded the 275gr Hard Cast bullets described above, but have brought the velocity down to about 1150fps. That is pretty controllable, but still pretty stout!!
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Old July 27, 2014, 05:01 PM   #25
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I am with some of the rest of you on the .45 Colt. Now this one I would buy. With the heavier loads in .45 Colt that most revolvers will not handle for long, the Redhawk will. It will make the .44 magnum look tame.

Please tell me the Redhawk is coming back in .45 Colt. I heard not.
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