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Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? #4557830
10/28/17 09:56 PM
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Been thinking lately of getting something big bore and double action. Already set up to handload the 45 Colt. The Redhawk 45 Colt with the 4.2" barrel has caught my eye. With the flexibility handloading offers seems like it would be useful for plinking, defense, or game. Anybody on here own or shoot one? Like it or hate it?

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I've always like the RedHawk, nothing like a big bore revolver.

The 4.2" is a good general purpose size. Good balance between velocity and ease of carry.


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: Carbon12] #4557968
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Does it accept Moon Clips so you can shoot .45ACP rounds? I like revolvers to have versatility....Like shooting .38's in a 357.

I had a .41 Mag. Ruger Blackhawk.....It was rough enough on me that I didn't really like shooting it.


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: clinebarger] #4557995
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Yep, Iíve had a .44 mag Blackhawk since I was young and liked it more when I was young wink

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I have several Ruger Blackhawks, and 2 Ruger Super Redhawks in both .44 Magnum and .454 Casull. I doubt there is a more rugged, stoutly built revolver on the market.

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My buddy has a Redhawk, but in .44 Magnum. I've shot it many times, it's a nice firearm. His is 6" barrel. Yes, you can own a handgun in Canada.


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: clinebarger] #4558120
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Originally Posted By: clinebarger
Does it accept Moon Clips so you can shoot .45ACP rounds? I like revolvers to have versatility....Like shooting .38's in a 357.

I had a .41 Mag. Ruger Blackhawk.....It was rough enough on me that I didn't really like shooting it.


It is offered as a model that will accept moon clips for 45 acp. Also offered without that option. Same price for both.

Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: Johnny2Bad] #4558136
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Originally Posted By: Johnny2Bad
My buddy has a Redhawk, but in .44 Magnum. I've shot it many times, it's a nice firearm. His is 6" barrel. Yes, you can own a handgun in Canada.
Unfortunately we can't hunt with them though frown


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: Carbon12] #4558187
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Depends on what you want it for but the .45 Long Colt and .45 ACP are both very lacking if it's a wildlife defense weapon compared to a .44 Magnum or .454 Casull.



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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: Carbon12] #4558212
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I have a a 6" .44 Mag Blackhawk in nickel? (It's definitely not stainless)

I like the lighter weight over the Redhawk, but I carry it often.


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: Carbon12] #4558399
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Since you are set up to reload the 45 LC it seems a logical choice.


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: Panzerman] #4558430
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All my 45 handloads so far have been standard pressure. I do have box of Corbons that are 265 grains at 1350 fps. The 45 can definitely get into the realm of any 44 mag. That being said, the 4.2" redhawk comes in 44 mag also and is not completely out of consideration in my next purchase.

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It depends on what you like and the reloading gear you already have.

But a RedHawk in 44 Mag for a wildlife defense weapon, and downloaded to 44 Special for general duties, makes a lot of sense to me. The 4" barrel works well in this application.

I like the idea of having the gun in a belt holster with spare ammo in belt loops. Easy to carry both 44 Mag and 44 Special on the same belt at the same time. Even match it to a 44 Mag lever rifle if you want.

This sort of flexibility is where revolvers shine.


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: billt460] #4558681
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Originally Posted By: billt460
I have several Ruger Blackhawks, and 2 Ruger Super Redhawks in both .44 Magnum and .454 Casull. I doubt there is a more rugged, stoutly built revolver on the market.


I'm guessing you've never handled a Freedom Arms in 454 Casull.

To the OP, though-I really don't think you can go wrong with the Redhawk.

I'm a big fan of the 45 Colt in any range from plinking/cowboy loads to ones bordering on 454 Casull in kinetic energy. If you hand load, you can get anything in those ranges. A hot 45 Colt will do anything a 44 Mag will do but will do so with a bullet .025" larger in diameter, and more importantly with lower pressure for the same kinetic energy. Stay safe, but the "Ruger" section of the loading manuals is fun to play in.


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Re: Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt anyone? [Re: bunnspecial] #4558693
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Originally Posted By: bunnspecial
Originally Posted By: billt460
I have several Ruger Blackhawks, and 2 Ruger Super Redhawks in both .44 Magnum and .454 Casull. I doubt there is a more rugged, stoutly built revolver on the market.


I'm guessing you've never handled a Freedom Arms in 454 Casull.


Handled them, and shot them. They are a beautifully crafted revolver. But the reality is they are no stronger than any other single action from Ruger or Magnum Research. They're all of the same design. I can't think of any load that could be considered safe in one, and unsafe in the other.

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