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Old April 12th, 2017, 04:08 AM   #1
 
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Ruger redhawk 45acp/45 colt question

There's a NIB Redhawk 45acp/colt 4.2 inch barrel at my lgs. I'm in the market for a woods defense revolver that can double as a carry gun for EDC defense.

I know that the handbook for the Redhawks states 'no plus P', but i have seen numerous places where people talk about 'the Ruger only loads', and that the Redhawk can be loaded up like 44 magnum.

What is the final word on this Redhawk's ability to handle so-called 45 colt +P loads? For example, Buffalo Bore has some 300 grain bullets around 1,300 fp/s. Will such loads damage the gun or compromise it's integrity long term?

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I regularly shoot buffalo bore heavy 45 colt loads in mine and I am here and so is the gun and buffalo bore heavy 45 colt is heavy 335 grain bullet at 1300 fps plus out of a 71/2 inch blackhawk and probably 1200 or so out of my 4.2 inch redhawk.
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For liability reasons, Ruger cannot go on record for recommending the use of any load that exceeds established very conservative SAMMI pressures for the 45 Colt, even though the Redhawk has a long established and proven record of easily handing loads that greatly exceed those pressures. Bottom line is that should you choose to use such +P loads, you're on your own as far as Ruger is concerned. Those particular Buffalo Bore loads, however, are listed by buffalo Bore as being safe to use in a Redhawk.
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Thanks for the replies. sounds like this new Redhawk is good to go with so-called plus P commercial 45 Colt. I like the thought of a 300 grain slug at ~1,000 ft/s for anything that might eat me (goblins or predators).

I imagine that a standard pressure 255 Keith slug at 950 ft/s would take care of anything with teeth and claws too.
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