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Old March 29th, 2017, 07:07 PM   #1
 
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Redhawk grips

Walked into my LGS yesterday, walked out with a 1983 Redhawk. It's a 7.5" and a wee bit heavier than I first appreciated. Kind of gets to my arthritis holding offhand. I'm more used to the grips on my GP'S and Bisleys, and this gun has the originals. They might work out to be ok but I looked around for aftermarkets and was a bit concerned by some of the reviews I read. Comments on poor or inconsistent fits, tackiness and strong vinyl odors, to name a few. Seems the Supers have a larger selection. Are there just not that many options due to the butt design?



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Grips are a personal thing and one size does not fit all. A friend of mine loves the stock wood and doesn't know why anyone would want to change them.

The stock wood grips for the Redhawks and my thumb do not get along. The top of the left panel hits a nerve causing sharp pain. When I traded into my Redhawk (a shorty Kodiak Backpacker) the original owner had the same experience.
After firing only 18 rounds through it he couldn't dump the revolver fast enough. I traded him a Glock for it for crying out loud.

I have both a Pachmayer Presentation and a Gripper Decelerator for my Redhawk.

They both work quite well for me, but the Gripper Decelerator is the hot ticket for my hand. It gives big car comfort when shooting the hottest loads, and I think it is even more comfortable to shoot than the Hogue Tamer on my Super Redhawk.

The Pachmayers are ugly and aren't always a perfect fit (though the ones I have fit about as well as can be expected). They do have some odor especially when new. It is a matter of function over beauty.
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My Redhawk was built in 1996, and was my first Ruger. I've had the same grip problems you two guys have expressed. I have the Hogue Tamer on it right now. I can shoot pretty well, two-handed, with that grip, eventhough it doesn't feel just right. My hands are in a real stretch to shoot it.

I had some Pachmayer rubbers on it, to start. The front of that grip never fit well, and was constantly pinching my other fingers. I still have the original wood grips, and plan on trying them again. Surely there is a good-fitting grip for this wonderful, powerful gun. It shoots very well, and factory loads in .44 mag are no more bothersome than my Bond Arms Derringer shooting .45 colts!

I'm looking forward to more informed discussion on this subject. Thanks for bringing it up.
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The Butler Creek/Uncle Mike's Spegal-designed rubber grips are out of production (and highly sought after). They are my favorite grips and I own them for guns I don't even (yet) own. Definitely worth a try if you can find them.
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If you are willing to consider wood grips there are several options. Hogue, Herrett's and Badger offer wood grips that can be sized to fit your hand. On Redhawks that I had I put Herrett's and Hogue grips on them. All 3 grips have to be ordered from the manufacturer directly to get them sized. Hogue and Badger also offer grips without the finger grooves and Herrett's has several styles. I have a medium sized hand and the grip I was most happy with was the Herrett Roper.
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Both my .41 mag Redhawks have the original type wood grips. One came with the pachmayer which I immediately took off and replaced with the original wood. Have two sets of pachmayer setting in a parts box as I don't plan on ever using. They fit well just not my style.
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Thanks!

Always good to have options and reports from folks with actual experience. I did see the Eagle website. Not cheap but they look pretty nice. I will have to see what the stock grips do. It just seems odd that the cheaper grips out there don't fit well. Were frame dimensions changed along the way? I don't see this much with other handguns.
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I've got Pachmayer Presentation grips on my '82 Redhawk 7.5 inch as well. Mine fit nicely and are quite comfortable as well. As you noted the main issue is that they are ugly as all get out. I have Uncle Mike's 59001 on my NMSB and have been tempted to buy the Redhawk version but they're pretty scarce.
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Just picked up a brand new Redhawk .44 mag 5.5" barrel yesterday with wooden grips. I originally was looking at the Redhawk in the 4.2" configuration with the rubber grips but I didn't want to sacrifice barrel size just for the grips. I have not fired this cannon yet so I'm hoping the wooden grips are comfortable.
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I have a 7.5" 45 Colt Redhawk and I really like the look, feel and function of the original stock grips. They work well for me.
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I put Hogue fancy wood grips with finger grooves on mine. They are for a large hand which I have. The grip is much better for me. The fit leaves something to be desired tho. I did some sanding and refinished the grips with an oil finish plus inlaid a Ruger grip medallion on both sides. I wear a padded shooting glove when in use.
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Just picked up a brand new Redhawk .44 mag 5.5" barrel yesterday with wooden grips. I originally was looking at the Redhawk in the 4.2" configuration with the rubber grips but I didn't want to sacrifice barrel size just for the grips. I have not fired this cannon yet so I'm hoping the wooden grips are comfortable.
The Hogue bantam grips are available for the longer barrel models. Got mine from Amazon recently.
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I have the same Redhawk but with the 4 inch barrel. Mine came with those style of Hogue Bantam grips--but I couldn't get a good grip with my short fingers. I switched to the regular rubber Monogrip which fit my hands better. I think the Bantam style looks better but they just didn't work for me.
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I thought about changing my Redhawk .44 Magnum grips,but changed my mind and stayed with came with the buy.
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The Hogue bantam grips are available for the longer barrel models. Got mine from Amazon recently.

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