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Old June 10th, 2009, 04:30 PM   #1
 
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Ruger Redhawk trigger job

What prompted me to do a Redhawk de-burr and polish on the trigger components, was my success at using the IBOK trigger instructions written for the Ruger SP-101. Once one uses their instruction manual or online manual at the Ruger site to disengage the trigger guard, the trigger components are exactly the same as the SP-101...from the transfer bar, pawl (spring and plunger), forward to the cylinder latch (spring and plunger)...same parts..same areas to de-burr and to polish. Even the hammer dog on the hammer can be removed and polished at the same tip...hammer dog cam surface can also be polished. The biggest problem for me was re-assembly of the hammer to the mainspring frame..getting that hook to attach, PLUS, making sure that the mainspring lug has not become detached from the trigger transfer bar.....it did and I was in a pickle after I had pulled the mainspring disassembly pin....it is a project getting the mainspring compressed while in the gun. Make sure that that does not happen....lol Overall these were great projects to learn about my guns and I once again would like to thank Gary for the IBOK.



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Old June 10th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #2
 
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25 yrs. ago, I used a Redhawk to learn and practice on. Ruined a few hammers and triggers before I got what I wanted. Great fun!

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This is interesting. You say they are the same, but the problem(s) you mention didn't seem to be there when I did my SP101. So could you elaborate a bit about the thing(s) to worry about in the RH that you DON'T have to in the SP101?

I had not thought about doing anything to my (older) RH, but now that you say this, I might. It doesn't have that brute-strength hammer spring that my 101 had, and the trigger is pretty good too. But would like to take it apart to give it a real good cleaning up inside.
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shoot44, The Redhawk shares many designs with the GP-100, SRH, SP-101, and even the older Security-Six. The main difference with the Redhawk is the Mainspring strut assembly hooks onto the hammer on one end and is pushed by the trigger on the other end. It uses the same spring for both trigger and hammer tension. No other Ruger revolver uses this unique single-spring concept.

With the above exception, all other internal parts are more like a GP-100/SRH than anything else.
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Roger; Thnx!!
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Good info, and not theoretical. Today I tore down the 4" Redhawk in .44 for its first thorough cleaning, and was quite surprised by the spring arrangement concealed beneath the factory-issue Hogue grip. Broke out the manual, figured out that this is one of the "hook-up" rather than "hook-down" hammer hook generation, used a chunk of paper clip to detension the spring because the Hogue grips don't have a slot for the disassembly pin, got it apart and clean, but managed along the way to move enough pieces in the trigger group to bump the spring-loaded pawl plunger out of its correct spot, so the trigger would not move to its forward position. Carefully applying pressure forward on the plunger to load up that spring while holding both the pawl and transfer bar together allowed me to get the trigger back into position, after which the remainder of the reassembly went more or less according to plan. Now that the innards have survived their first brush with this less-than-competent gunsmith, I might well muster the courage to go back in there and look for some of the rough spots that the IBOK helped me to smooth out on an SP-101 a while back.
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