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Old October 21st, 2019, 04:26 AM   #16
 
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Hard to beat the SBH. I have a Redhawk, but find it doesnít fit well in my hand, and trigger is OK in double action but feels very heavy in single action mode.




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Old October 22nd, 2019, 03:28 PM   #17
 
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I had a Super Blackhawk, and I liked it, and I would have another one, on general principal.
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Yes, one of each!
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Bisley Blackhawk or Bisley Super Blackhawk with 7.5 inch barrel. Superior recoil control with accuracy.
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I only have a Super Blackhawk 44mag with the 7.5 barrel. I like it real well. All I can tell you is you cant go wrong this this one. Mine is a 1978 and shoots better than I can shot now,
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I’m itching for a .44 magnum revolver. I have other revolvers, .357, .38, .22, in both single and double action. I would mostly be shooting from a sandbag on a bench at 25, 50 and 100 yards.

I don’t know which to get. (Can’t afford both <img src="https://rugerforum.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> )
I used to shoot hunters sillouette using a 10 1/2 Super Blackhawk. 44 mag with 250 grain slugs. I was holding 10" at 200 yards.
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Both guns can be tack drivers or both can produce a shotgun pattern. Point is all guns are different and who knows what you end up with. For example, I have a .45 Colt Vaquero that took lots of work to get it to shoot semi-straight. But my flattop .44 Special just put them on top of each other without any work. So 'accuracy' isn't a reason to pick on over the other. You just don't know until you shoot it to knew what you got!

But how they feel does. This is a personal decision. I have a .357 RedHawk. Also had a SRH. I really don't like how they felt in my hands or how it handles the recoil. On the other hand every BH or SBH that I pick up feels good and seems to handle recoil better. Also as pointed out above the DAs (even my GP100) have a 'heavy' single action pull. I prefer 2# to 3# max which I can get in my SAs.

I feel the Single Actions also are much easier to tear down and reassemble for cleaning. Fewer parts too...

DA vs. SA . All I shoot is SA and don't see the point of DA when hunting, target shooting, plinking.

Really you need to at least handle both and go from there. Your decision. Both will handle any load you want to put in them.

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Iím itching for a .44 magnum revolver. I have other revolvers, .357, .38, .22, in both single and double action. I would mostly be shooting from a sandbag on a bench at 25, 50 and 100 yards.

I donít know which to get. (Canít afford both )
Over the decades I have owned 3 SBH and one 44 mag Redhawk. I still have all three of the SBHs. For me the SBH does not punish me as much as the Redhawk did. Now here is the rub. You can't buy a SBH drilled and tapped for a scope. I did have one of my SBH drilled and tapped which violates the warranty. There is an aftermarket no screw mount. It is a good mount but is as ugly as sin. By the way my non-warranty SBH has 4 deer kills and about 500 rounds of reloads put through it. No ill effects.

Your not going to double action shoot a 44 mag anyway. So for me the SBH is the way I have gone.
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I have Redhawks, some Super Blackhawks, Vaquero, and a Super Blackhawk Hunter. I've carried a 44 mag for over 40 years of one type or another. Mostly I've carried the Super because they point so well for me. But that isn't what the OP is talking about. He's talking about shooting paper. If that's the big project for it, I'd consider a couple of things. First, I'd find a place to rent them, or a friend that has something along that line and I'd try them. Truth is lot's of people talk big about the heavy loads and such but it's not for everyone. Even John Taffin has got serious arthritis from shooting the heavy kickers. After you rent one and do some shooting, and figure out what you can handle and what you can't handle. If you just want to shoot bigger bullets, I'd also consider a 44 Special. Those new flat tops are nice guns. Those are some expensive guns, with the Supers (even used will run you over $500, and probably closer to $600. Redhawks will cost you in the high $600 range to over $700. Don't spend that kind of money to find out the recoil isn't that much fun. Lot's of difference between what you've been shooting and what you want to shoot. Try 'em before you buy em. If you can shoot a box of the 240 Winchester white box and enjoy it, you may be up for it.
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My first handgun I ever bought was a Super Blackhawk S.S. 10-1/2” It is very fun to shoot off of bench. The sight radius compares to many rifles. It’s killed a few deer and isn’t bad walking around in holster. That’s my 2 cents, but in all honesty, you won’t go wrong with either model. Just make sure it meets your states minimum barrel length for hunting if you think you may hunt with it. Ohio has a 5” minimum. Enjoy your new hand-cannon!
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easy choice for me......the double action Redhawks are much more comfortable to shoot with heavy loads, The Single action design of the Blackhawks make them roll in your hand, which I find uncomfortable from a bench rest position. The Redhawks recoil baxk towards my hand more. The Super Redhawk is my choice. The locktime on the double actions, in single action mode is also faster than the Black hawks. NO comparison when it comes to loading and unloading ease and speed!!!
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No advice, just my experience

My .44Mag is a Redhawk 7.5" in stainless. I bought it in the very early 80's and since then 1,000's of rounds have gone down range (or at deer back when I lived in Wisconsin). I reload both .44 special and magnum loads for this hand gun and for a Henry Big Boy in brass. On the range 100's of rounds a day of the specials are effortless with occasional boxes of medium magnum loads. About the only time I use 'Ruger Only' loads is when a friend wants to try it out. If I like him/her I will start on a wheel of light specials and work up to full load mags. If I don't like him/her much one wheel of 'Ruger Only' is normally all they will want to shoot. The only thing I've done is put a set of Pachmayr grips on it and a Leupold scope in the rings that came with the gun. The scope normally is only on it for hunting. I probably should have shimmed the hammer a long time ago, but the drag marks kind of add character and show that it has not been a safe queen all these years.
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For what it's worth, here's a shot of my Blackhawk Hunter in 44 Mag.

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I have always found the Ruger single action grip much more comfortable to shoot in .44 Magnum. The Redhawk grip did not fit my hand well and always was painful, no matter what grip I tried. The triggers on Ruger single action are better, especially if you change to a Wolff 30 ounce trigger spring. All of the Redhawks I have ever owned went on down the road, and I am happy with my decision to stick with the Ruger Single action.

Just my $0.02.
I shared your opinion of the Redhawk grip until I got my Redhawk Kodiak Backpacker with the round butt frame. The Hogue grips for the round butt Redhawk are very comfortable for me.
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Blackhawk in 44 magnum gets my vote .
Flat top Blackhawk in 44 Special would get my money...hands down !
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