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Old December 7, 2018, 01:39 AM   #1
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44 mag Redhawk grips?

I have a 5.5" Ruger Redhawk 44 mag on the way and I was hoping to get some suggestions on a good set of recoil reducing grips for it. I have a GP 100 with a stock factory Hogue grip and it works great. Comfortable and good recoil reduction using my warm to hot handloads. I was hoping to find something comparable or at least something that has a good solid grip and some reduction in recoil. I don't have large hands but I do have large short fingers.
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Old December 7, 2018, 10:34 AM   #2
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my red hawk is wearing a pair of hogue grips,,,this gun is a first production gun,,,and has been wearing these grips most of its life

also have a pair on my super blackhawk

i tried the pacmyer (spelling) grips but much prefer the hogue

just my .02

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Old December 7, 2018, 12:48 PM   #3
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I fitted my 5.5" barrel Redhawk with the compacts of the shorter barrel, square butt model. With smaller hands I can now deal with the Redhawk's longer trigger reach. Recoil no problem, it's a big gun.
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Old December 7, 2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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It is hard to tell from the images of the grips I have looked at but most look like they do not cover the backstrap. I would think not covering the backstrap would transfer recoil directly into the web and palm of the hand. I am just researching things on the Redhawk that can be upgraded if need be. It will be a little time before I receive the firearm. I don't have the luxury of being able to hold or test fire a firearm before I purchase it so I do a lot of research before I make a purchase.. Before I purchased my GP 100 a lot of people said it would need a trigger job. The trigger on mine was fine. I have over three thousand rounds of my warm to hot handloads through it now and the trigger is as smooth as a babies behind. With the Redhawk many say it has heavy recoil so just in case it does I am checking out grips. Thanks for the reply ocharry and Real Gun.
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Old December 7, 2018, 07:42 PM   #5
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Because of the Redhawk's long trigger reach, many would likely prefer the open back strap. It is essential for me. The recoil is mitigated by having a good fit in palm swell. Recoil in a gun that big is not the monster you imagine.
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Old December 7, 2018, 07:44 PM   #6
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I would think not covering the backstrap would transfer recoil directly into the web and palm of the hand.
That's exactly what it does. It can irritate carpal tunnel issues too. In my experience, it's not a big deal with specials but magnums are another story. I don't know all the science but I think there is an issue with vibration along the metal frame. Just having a little rubber (or even wood) between the backstrap and my hand does a world of good.
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Old December 7, 2018, 08:16 PM   #7
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Hogue rubber grips. Tried Pachmayr's at first but the Hogues are way more comfortable
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Old December 21, 2018, 10:05 PM   #8
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I have the hogues and they don't seem to help much in recoil. Im thinking of going with the pachmayr since they cover the back strap.
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Old December 21, 2018, 11:54 PM   #9
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I have the Pachmayer Presentation grips currently on mine. Have a good feel...

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Old December 22, 2018, 08:00 AM   #10
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I have the hogues and they don't seem to help much in recoil. Im thinking of going with the pachmayr since they cover the back strap.
I opted to stay with the open backstrap so the trigger reach didn't get longer. What still helped was to increase the palm swell, i.e. a fatter grip, open backstrap.
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Old December 25, 2018, 10:35 PM   #11
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I have the factory rubber grips on mine, other than being ugly they work just fine for recoil. I have not seen the need to change them except for the looks.
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Old December 26, 2018, 12:03 AM   #12
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I have a few sets of grips, rubber, wood.

After firing a LOT over the course of a day, I settled on the factory wood grips.
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Old December 26, 2018, 04:45 AM   #13
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I put out some WTB's out for Uncle Mikes/Butler Creek Redhawk grips #59003 on a few forums I am a member of. May be a slim chance of finding a pair but it is worth a try.
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Old December 27, 2018, 10:40 AM   #14
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I put out some WTB's out for Uncle Mikes/Butler Creek Redhawk grips #59003 on a few forums I am a member of. May be a slim chance of finding a pair but it is worth a try.
This was to be my suggestion. I got mine from Numrich by sheer luck. They transformed my Redhawk shooting experience.
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Old December 27, 2018, 02:53 PM   #15
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This where I ended up, using the 4 5/8 model grip on the 5 1/2 45 Colt (ported and no longer offered).
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Old December 30, 2018, 12:29 PM   #16
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I've tried a few different rubber grips on My Red Hawk and use Pachmayer Presentation grips ..work very good for Me Can't post a Pic on this site.. size limits suck..lol
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