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Old April 8th, 2017, 03:20 PM   #1
 
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New to me Redhawk back at Ruger

So I recently acquired a 1989 vintage Redhawk.
Took it out and shot 135+ rounds (BHA and Hornady factory 240XTP's, my 240XTP 260WFNGC, 240SWC reloads).
I love it! The big revo makes full house 44's no big deal, and I'm not the biggest guy and actually have small/med mitts.

Anyway, I experienced about a 10% light strike rate across all the ammo, and in both DA/SA.

I have gained a metric ton of info lurking here, and will probably be doing Iowegan's belt sander .016" top step and corner chamfer hammer mod.

While I was cleaning gun after its first outing, I noticed the front catch on crane has no spring pressure, and that there appears to be flame cutting on the crane right below the forcing cone.

I decided I'd call Ruger and see what they said before going all "home gunsmith" on it (I am WECSOG certified).

They want to see it and gave me an RMA, they received it last Tuesday, and Wednesday I got this email:
"Dear Valued Ruger Customer,

This is to confirm that we have received the firearm and currently reviewing the reported issue. We will return your firearm as quickly as possible."

I'm hoping the next thing I hear is an email with tracking info for its trip home.



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I was hoping to post pics of the revolver, and of what I think is gas cutting on the crane to see if it truly is an issue, but I haven't posted enough to do such...
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Sounds like you got to have some fun with it- that's good! I'm glad Ruger is helping you out. Let us know when it's back and what all they did
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My 1989 Redhawk has light firing pin strikes only in DA. Since I don't shoot DA much, it doesn't bother me. Some have suggested a stronger main spring.
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It'll be pulling carry duty hunting, so it's gotta be 100%. I didn't come up on revo's, so SA under stress is not my strong suit (hence the RH over a BH).
We'll see what Ruger does with it, then go from there. I'm confident it can be made 100% after the research I've done (mainly from the experts here-thanks) but knowing how well Ruger usually takes care of their flock I opted to have them go through it first.

The buggered front latch was something I didn't want to try tinkering with after the detents didn't want to budge for me disassembling it. I've used the "bigger hammer" method too much in my youth, and decided thems with the proper tools and knowledge would probably yield a better result...
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Ruger has the best customer service in the business...hands down. Keep us posted when you get the RH back from Ruger.
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I am impressed that they sent you an email confirming receiving the gun. This is one thing that worries me whenever shipping a firearm, and I always feel better when I know it has arrived securely.
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FedEx tracking received for its journey home, yay!!
I'll post Wed/Thurs with what I get back from them. So far, I've got to say I'm really glad I gave them first crack at getting it good to go.
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First pic is what I think is flame cutting (or is this a purposeful slot?).
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First pic is what I think is flame cutting (or is this a purposeful slot?).
Yes, that IS a purposeful slot on the crane tube.
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Well, the work order says they replaced the firing pin rebound spring (as does the dings on the frame by the pin). The crane latch now works, and the frame has a newly buffed spot where they contoured the front latch pin (obviously with the crane in the frame).
Sent in w/o grips and returned same.
The mainspring looks like the old one that was in it, and in double action the trigger reset catches...
I'm happy that they took care of a couple of parts I wouldn't try at home, and I'll find out if it still has ignition issues Friday. If so, I'll be sourcing a new mainspring and following Iowegan's hammer top step reduction...
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Looks like one of the rare cases where you had Bubba, the new guy, working on your Redhawk. My experience has been just the opposite - my WC SP101 came back in like-new condition last year. I had also complained about the polishing and they really did a great job ... well, OK, there is one very small area where they over-brushed, for the lack of a better term. Overall, it looks better than new.
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Still had 10-12 light strikes out of 100rds shot Friday, and the trigger reset hangs up frequently (last click with the reset of the cylinder catch/trigger plunger)-have to push trigger forward to unlock gun.

New mainspring, trigger plunger, cylinder catch on the way from Midway USA, new old stock hammer dog from eBay....

Anything else I should check out?
I'm gonna get the timing figured out, then probably shave hammer's top step .013-.015" for the ignition troubles.

If all that doesn't work, I may try a S&W 69...
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Still had 10-12 light strikes out of 100rds shot Friday, and the trigger reset hangs up frequently (last click with the reset of the cylinder catch/trigger plunger)-have to push trigger forward to unlock gun.

New mainspring, trigger plunger, cylinder catch on the way from Midway USA, new old stock hammer dog from eBay....

Anything else I should check out?
I'm gonna get the timing figured out, then probably shave hammer's top step .013-.015" for the ignition troubles.

If all that doesn't work, I may try a S&W 69...
To me, it appears your RH has excessive internal friction in the lockwork. To find the trouble area(s), a close inspection of wear marks is in order. Polishing/buffing of all internal friction points makes for a very smooth action.
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