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Old October 20th, 2019, 07:32 AM   #1
 
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44 Magnum- Redhawk or Blackhawk?

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 )



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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 )
I've owned both, 2 Redhawks and 1 Super Blackhawk. The SBH was most accurate. Next .44 will be a 29 or 629.
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I have both. If it is target practice or hunting, I prefer a 7 1/2" or 10 1/2" barrel Blackhawk. If it is for protection in bear country, I prefer a 4.2" Redhawk.
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If you'll be shooting from a rest, I assume you'll be shooting in SA. I really like Redhawks, but mostly for shooting in DA. Out of the box, the Redhawk typically has a heavy SA trigger. You can do the lighter spring thing, but it gets a little tricky with the Redhawk as far as going too light and still getting good ignition.

On the other hand, a Blackhawk or a Super Redhawk will typically have better SA triggers, out of the box and both are easier to reduce SA trigger pull weight if need be. I've had many 44 Ruger revolvers, including many Blackhawks, several Redhawks and also several Super Redhawks and, hate to say it, but those ugly as sin Super Redhawks (3 of them) outshot the other Ruger 44s, not to mention being the most comfy 44 mags to shoot by far. (Almost too comfy, what with the cost of 44 mag ammo.) If you're serious about that 100 yard work, the SRH would be my pick.

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I'm the odd man out here. I have both a 7.5" .44 magnum SBH and a Redhawk. I hunt with the Redhawk because I am more accurate with it. I put a 2x scope on the SBH but still am not as accurate with magnum loads.
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My only experience was a Super Redhawk.
Absolutely positively hated that gun.

I rented it because I had a Jones for a 44 mag.
Shot 1 box, turned it in, walked away, never looked back.

I own numerous Vaqueros, GP, SP in 357.
If you can live with single action, rent a Blackhawk.

My neighbor has the Smith and it feels much nicer in the hand than that SRH ever did.
And I'm a dyed in the wool Ruger guy...
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New to SAs, but I just love them after getting a NM Blackhawk in .357. I have planned on a .44 DA for years, but I think it may be a BH in .44 special or SBH in .44 mag instead.

I shoot offhand only plus I reload, so the gun would be for target fun. Depends on your uses as to which to get first.
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Redhawk .44 Mag. my choice.
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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.

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I have both. If there’s not a specific need for DA, then go blackhawk. I find it more pleasant to shoot and more comfortable to carry.
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I have both but the SA Blackhawk is a better range and hunting gun IMO. Get the Bisley frame and you have a super comfortable SA gun in any caliber.
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Ok, time for me to chime in. I own SBH and SRH. Actually a new model and a 3 screw in the sbh. I have hunted with both and enjoy shooting both. I have never owned a regular redhawk, and expect I never will. Accuracy is not an issue at the bench with either of the guns and a competent shooter. At the bench, and shooting multiple rounds without grip replacement, the SBH will tend to get hot on the back strap of the grip. The only decision left is economic. If money is tight save your cash for ammo and get the single action and wear a glove.
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Grip angle

I Have a pile of big bore rugers but I gave up on the plow handle Blackhawks and SBH's. I love the grip angle of the redhawk and have several 44mag with standard wood grips that just have a great feel. I do not have a redhawk bigger than 44 mag. I do Have SBH's in 454, 480 and 475 linebaugh and they are all bisley grip frames. I even modified my 357s BH's to bisley frames because that plow handle rubs me wrong. I guess we are all built a little different but I love my SA & DA rugers and the only guns I ever sold were the ones that bite.
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I have both the sbh and srh in 45 colt. I'm a big guy but the srh Does not fit my hand at All. The sbh is a pleasure to carry and shoot.

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For gBlackhawk. If you intend to also do dangerous game hunting the Redhawk.
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