f> New Alaskan Hand Cannon - Page 5 - Ruger Forum

Ruger Forum

New Alaskan Hand Cannon

This is a discussion on New Alaskan Hand Cannon within the Ruger Double Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by palabman I just picked up an Alaskan in .454 Casull. One impressive weapon with one exception. I have one cylinder that binds ...


Go Back   Ruger Forum > Pistol & Revolver Forum > Ruger Double Action

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes

Old August 26th, 2015, 07:28 AM   #61
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 650
OldCrow is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by palabman View Post
I just picked up an Alaskan in .454 Casull. One impressive weapon with one exception. I have one cylinder that binds occasionally when the hammer is cocked in SA or the trigger is pulled in DA. It looks like the cylinder barrel gap may be a bit close at the top on a couple of the cylinders and there is a bit of cylinder rub in that area of the cylinder. I have been dry firing with snap caps and it seems to have loosened up a bit but the rub on the cylinder has me worried so it may have to take a trip back to Ruger.

Now on the the range report. Having never shot the .454 I loaded up some starting loads with 300 gr Hornady XTP MAG bullets and 27.1 gr Win 296 (starting loads in Lyman 49) Some of the other manuals had higher starting loads but I thought this was a good place to start for pressure checks and such. I only loaded 6, 3 with Remington 7 1/2 benchrest primers and 3 with Tula SRM primers. Man that revolver shoots like a dream. My Contender in .44 Magnum kicks more. I'll have to bump up the powder charge and get the chrony out later this summer to find a good compromise in recoil and speed.
Cylinder timing issues are what usually causes the gun to bind up. The gun needs to go back to Ruger ASAP. Ruger pistols are supposed to have a tight cylinder gap.

Here is an interesting article. NSSF: Shooting Industry Suffers from 40% Return/Defect Rate - The Truth About Guns



OldCrow is offline  
Advertisements
Old August 31st, 2015, 03:52 PM   #62
Royal Emissary
 
SteveV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,078
SteveV is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waveform View Post
I checked with Mrs. Waveform and apparently you are incorrect....
I went to the gun show to look at and possibly buy the 454 a couple of years ago. They only had a 44 at that show. I liked the look and feel and told my wife that I would end up getting the 44 also one day and she told me to get both. Bought the 44 that day and got the dealer to bring a 454 to the next gun show for me. I'm thinking real hard about a 480 just to have a complete set.

SteveV is offline  
Old September 1st, 2015, 05:13 AM   #63
 
palabman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SW PA
Posts: 367
palabman is on a distinguished road
Update

I did send my Alaskan back to Ruger in July and they adjusted the barrel. It runs fine now.

It is a fun revolver and those of you on the fence I say go for it (especially if you reload). The fact that it can shoot .45 Colt is all the more reason.

I do have a question that I hope someone can give me some input on. Has anyone chrono'd what they are shooting (either factory or reloads)? I have only shot my reloads and am getting between 1100 ~ 1200 fps with 300 gr Cast Performance. This load is above what Lyman suggests as their max but is very nice to shoot and shows no signs of over pressure. I'm especially curious as to how the factory loads chono.
palabman is offline  
 
Old March 29th, 2017, 08:47 PM   #64
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: American Fork, UT, USA
Posts: 14
Teledan is on a distinguished road
I know this thread is a bit old but just wanted to mention that I recently bought a 44 mag Alaskan that seems to have the same problem. I just sent it back to Ruger, hopefully they can figure it out and get it back to me soon. I love the gun but am a bit annoyed that I had to send back my brand new $900 revolver because it wasn't revolving properly
Teledan is offline  
Old March 30th, 2017, 11:01 PM   #65
 
sr9 newbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: WI
Posts: 318
sr9 newbie will become famous soon enough
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teledan View Post
I know this thread is a bit old but just wanted to mention that I recently bought a 44 mag Alaskan that seems to have the same problem. I just sent it back to Ruger, hopefully they can figure it out and get it back to me soon. I love the gun but am a bit annoyed that I had to send back my brand new $900 revolver because it wasn't revolving properly
Keep us posted. I have a 454 Toklat on layaway and am curious what will Ruger will tell you. Ron
sr9 newbie is offline  
Old March 31st, 2017, 05:23 AM   #66
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Republic of Texas
Posts: 1,386
oldag will become famous soon enough
No problems with my .44 mag.

Great trigger as well. Had assumed I would send it off for an action job, but after firing it decided there was little to gain.

The .480 is off being magnaported, having had the chance to fire it yet.
oldag is offline  
Old March 31st, 2017, 06:45 PM   #67
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: American Fork, UT, USA
Posts: 14
Teledan is on a distinguished road
Yeah I'll let you know. FedEx just dropped it off at Ruger today.
Teledan is offline  
Old March 31st, 2017, 11:46 PM   #68
 
gqucool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Utah
Posts: 8,200
gqucool is just really nicegqucool is just really nicegqucool is just really nicegqucool is just really nicegqucool is just really nice
The Ruger Red Hawk Alaskan Model is a very beautiful revolver. Too large of caliber big bore for me unless I shot the .44 Mag. with .44 Spec or the .454 with .45 LC etc. my choice caliber would be .44 Mag. A Rossi Model 92 in. 454 would go nicely with the Alaskan or in .44 Magnum. Not a bad rifle/revolver combo!!!
gqucool is online now  
Old April 1st, 2017, 03:05 PM   #69
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: American Fork, UT, USA
Posts: 14
Teledan is on a distinguished road
Yeah I've actually been thinking of getting a 44mag lever gun to go with my Alaskan. I want a stainless short barrel (16-18 inches) and it looks like the Rossi is really the only one that fits this criteria. I really like the looks of the Henry Big Boy steel carbine but I wish it came in stainless.
Teledan is offline  
Old April 2nd, 2017, 12:25 PM   #70
 
eagle55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SE Alaska
Posts: 59
eagle55 is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by gqucool View Post
The Ruger Red Hawk Alaskan Model is a very beautiful revolver. Too large of caliber big bore for me unless I shot the .44 Mag. with .44 Spec or the .454 with .45 LC etc. my choice caliber would be .44 Mag. A Rossi Model 92 in. 454 would go nicely with the Alaskan or in .44 Magnum. Not a bad rifle/revolver combo!!!
I just bought an Alaskan in 454 Casull for bear protection, and to have as a companion to my Rossi M92 in 454 Casull. This will be my third attempt to get a paired rifle handgun combo that can shoot the same ammunition.

I had a 44 SBH with a Marlin 1894 in 44M and that did not work out due mainly to the rather large difference between the bore size and thus not being able to shoot the same sized bullets well (I shoot only cast handloads).

Next was a Marlin 1894 in 45 Colt and a Blackhawk in 45 Colt. The barrel size was remarkably the same size, but the chamber size in the Marlin was huge, bordering on ridiculous. It took at least a 250gr bullet and enough snap to it to bump that brass and seal the breach, or else I would get blowback on my face which is not that fun.

So sold both the Blackhawk and Marlin and bought the Rossi 454. Now with the Ruger Alaskan I am hopeful this will be the true rifle handgun combo worth having with no more keeping ammo separate.
eagle55 is offline  
Old April 6th, 2017, 11:32 AM   #71
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: American Fork, UT, USA
Posts: 14
Teledan is on a distinguished road
Ruger just sent me a FedEx tracking number for my gun, I should see it Monday if not Saturday.
Teledan is offline  
Old April 9th, 2017, 09:45 AM   #72
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Republic of Texas
Posts: 1,386
oldag will become famous soon enough
Took the Alaskan .480 out for a spin yesterday.

A real kick. A blast. Fun.

Magnaport keeps muzzle rise reasonable. Kick a little sharp but not that much more than a .44 mag.

Very nice.
oldag is offline  
Old April 9th, 2017, 10:41 AM   #73
 
Highhawk1948's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Flatwoods of Florida
Posts: 1,413
Highhawk1948 will become famous soon enoughHighhawk1948 will become famous soon enough
If I lived in big bear, grizzly, country I would trade one of my Blackhawks in on one of those. Very nice and big medicine.
Highhawk1948 is offline  
Old April 9th, 2017, 11:17 AM   #74
 
eagle55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SE Alaska
Posts: 59
eagle55 is on a distinguished road
Would like to see what a Magnaported Alaskan looks like!
eagle55 is offline  
Old April 10th, 2017, 01:41 PM   #75
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Republic of Texas
Posts: 1,386
oldag will become famous soon enough
Will try to remember and post a pic when I get back off the road.
oldag is offline  
Reply

  Ruger Forum > Pistol & Revolver Forum > Ruger Double Action


Search tags for this page

fungun

Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Ruger Forum Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any Hand Cannon fans here? Moxie Pistols & Revolvers 38 August 30th, 2013 11:43 PM
New hand cannon Lefty Ruger Double Action 7 December 21st, 2011 01:30 PM
New S&W Hand Cannon LJenkMD Gun Gallery 24 April 22nd, 2011 09:07 PM
New hand cannon (alaskan) caryg Ruger Double Action 18 September 16th, 2010 04:14 AM
Hand Cannon Canaris Gun Gallery 7 February 23rd, 2010 03:16 AM

Top Gun Sites Top Sites List
Powered by vBulletin 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
Copyright © 2006 - 2017 Ruger Forum. All rights reserved.
Ruger Forum is a Ruger Firearms enthusiast's forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent Sturm Ruger & Company Inc. of Southport, CT.