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Old March 3rd, 2017, 04:50 PM   #1
 
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New Redhawk 44 Mag

I have entered the revolver world over Christmas with a S&W 686 .357 Mag. Then a lightly used Ruger GP100 Match Champion soon followed.

Soon after, I started thinking bigger, like .44 Mag. I was looking between a S&W 29 (Dirty Harry gun) and a S&W 629. Sunday I rented a Taurus Tracker to see how well I could handle this beast. I read stories on the internet about bloodied hands and broken wrists, but the Taurus turned out to be something I could deal with. After 25 rounds, I was still standing.

Back to the gun store to decide which I would get. The dealer also showed me a Ruger Redhawk he just got in. I suddenly understood why everybody was saying the Ruger was built stronger.I put 70 rounds through it today, 50 of them were 240 grain magnums.

It took a while longer to start finding my accuracy. I was just having too much fun to concentrate like I should. But, I finally started getting pretty good out to 15 yards. I'm saving 25 yards till the next range visit.

The last time I had that much adreniline was during a rocket attack. But this time, I was doing the shooting. I almost forgot I was blowing over $80 worth of ammo.

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If I ever move to Alaska, I've got my bear gun. God help any coyote that invades my domain.

I have no intention of conceal carrying it, and won't use it for home defense. I sure don't want to fire that thing in a darkened room with no hearing protection.

The Redhawk is a great gun. I sure hope it quenches my thirst for power.




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Old March 3rd, 2017, 05:26 PM   #2
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Congrats! 5.5" or 7.5"? Pics or it didn't happen.
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congrats on the new Redhawk
I just ordered one myself
the 5.5" blued version. I cant wait.
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1. Added pic.
2. Barrel is 4.2".
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The redhawk is a brute strong gun. You will wear our before it does and it is very accurate. I had a 41 mag one that was very pleasant to shoot with a 51/2 inch barrel.
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I'll say you have become a major revolver buff in just a few months. Well done! Those are all nice guns. Congratulations on your new Redhawk. I too wanted a "Dirty Harry" gun. Back in high school in 1980 my neighbor would let me borrow his 6.5" Model 29. I worked after school for $2.50/hr and a box of 240gr Remington JHP's was $9.99/20rds. I shot my Colt Trooper MkIII .357 with .38spl reloads, and then several cylinders full of factory magnums every range trip while concentrating on accuracy.Then I'd break out the .44 revolver. Shooting only a limited amount of .44 magnum loads prevented me from developing a flinch and the high price made me make every shot count. I own and shoot a 7.5" stainless Redhawk now. Which one did you buy? I use mine for busting water-filled jugs out to 50yds, and hunting at similar ranges. I handload 240gr JHP's and JSP's to 1400fps with good accuracy. Show us your pretty new gun.
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Very nice. I used to have one just like it.
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I bought my 44 redhawk back in 1988 and still love shooting it! To offset costs i reload, huge difference in how often i take it out.

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I like your new Redhawk. If the one pictured is your's I think you'll have more fun with the shorter barrel than the 7 1/2". I have both and use to think bigger was better but that was than and this is now. That 4" is a much better packer and balances just a bit better. I also have one but I went to an original wood grip and put the bantam grips away.
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New Redhawk 44 Mag

Congratulations. The 44 Magnum is a threshold gun for bigger and bigger beasts. Soon I wanted more and more,too. You will do the same. Particularly if you reload.



Picked up the 500 today. It makes my Ruger Super Redhawk 454 7.5" and S&W PC Model 629 44 7.5" look small.


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I have owned/shot/carried well over 100 S&Ws during the last three decades, including quite a few N-frames in .44 Mag and Special. As classic as a 4" Model 29 is, or a stainless Mountain Revolver, I would select the 4.2" Redhawk as my choice for .44 Magnum if I could only own one sixgun. It is ruggedly beautiful, will outlast its owner, and can handle just about any 2 or 4 legged predator one comes across.
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I have owned/shot/carried well over 100 S&Ws during the last three decades, including quite a few N-frames in .44 Mag and Special. As classic as a 4" Model 29 is, or a stainless Mountain Revolver, I would select the 4.2" Redhawk as my choice for .44 Magnum if I could only own one sixgun. It is ruggedly beautiful, will outlast its owner, and can handle just about any 2 or 4 legged predator one comes across.
That seems to be a vote of confidence.
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I like your new Redhawk. If the one pictured is your's I think you'll have more fun with the shorter barrel than the 7 1/2". I have both and use to think bigger was better but that was than and this is now. That 4" is a much better packer and balances just a bit better. I also have one but I went to an original wood grip and put the bantam grips away.
That's a beauty. I want to switch to wood grips if i can

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I always shot 357 Magnums. Loved the sheer power and accuracy. Even got a Coonan 357 Mag 1911.

A friend of mine, who shoots alongside me, were talking. He was going away for a week. I told him, "Next time you come back, don't be surprised if I have a 629 Performance Center." He called the next morning, "I have a deal for you." Needless to say, it was a deal and I enjoyed the 44 Magnum.

A few months passed by. A local group had a listing for a 455 Casull.
I offered a rifle in exchange. I tried everything from 1450 FPS up to 1900 FPS. BY THEN, I was hooked.

I was so ecstatic I told him a 500 S&W was what I needed next. A phone call later, I had a deal for the gun, reloading did and equipment.

I'm looking forward to shooting it, the 500, this weekend.






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The Redhawk's are fun revolvers. Start saving your brass. You might want to get into reloading next to help recoup the cost of ammo.
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