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Old February 9th, 2020, 04:36 PM   #1
 
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I am looking for recommendations for a gunsmith to do action tuning and smoothing on a Alaskan .454 Casull plus some of my own modifications sight change.

I plan to use 45 Colt +P loads in the gun for social occasions. Don't worry I have been shooting big bore Ruger Redhawks and Super Redhawks magnums for decades. I want to slick this one's action and install XS Big Dot sights on this one. I am a very big man that sticks out in a crowd anyway so I can carry such a revolver easily concealed the way I dress, lol. I'm on the Left coast so keep that in mind.THANKS.



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JRH advanced gunsmithing Jack Huntington. He has a website. He is in nevada
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JRH advanced gunsmithing Jack Huntington. He has a website. He is in nevada
Thanks! I will check him out!
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I know what Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskans are primarily geared toward however there is a resurgence of those of us "OLD Farts" that are going back to our roots as we age (Babby Boomers) that as we retire don't want to carry our .45 autos around the house/apartment and out on date night. I know how big they are as I have a Ruger Super Redhawk 7.5 inch that has been my companion in Grizzly Country for many years. I understand it would NOT be for everyone but for some of us old timers that some call bear's of men themselves we can carry and hide them. I'm 6'5" and weigh 303 lbs myself from the Dr.s scales two weeks ago. Since, I wear a "duster", & cowboy boots a lot it covers a multitude of sins. I think a Super Redhawk Alaskan in .44 Mag or .454 Casull which can be used with +P .44 Specials or .45 +P Colts offers a lot of horsepower in the city. No feeding concerns, magazine rotation, and even Corbon Glaser Silver rounds in the .44 Special and .45 Colt that offer apartment dwellers options at home. At the lower velocities and heavier shot of the Silver construction Glaser you just might get some deeper penetration before the slugs rupture in case of those infamous over sized bad guys. Anyway those are just some ideas to bat around and consider.

I like the XS Big Dot sights for us older types as our eyes are not what they used to be and since the civilian personal defense distance is statistically going to be 7 yards and under it really speeds me up. I can still hit at 50 yards with ease however. Having a trigger job really helps.

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I'm 5'2", maybe 105 lbs. I can't even imagine carrying such a big gun. Lol
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I'm 5'2", maybe 105 lbs. I can't even imagine carrying such a big gun. Lol
That is why guns come in different sizes and calibers so there is one to fit everyone.

It's not the size of the dog but the size of the fight in the dog. HE, he. You know the old saying the most frightening dog in the world would be a Great Dane with the attitude of a Chihuahua.

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I'm not your size but I carried my Alaskan in a Galco OWB holster under a loose fitting, untucked knit shirt while in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and elsewhere on a trip to Montana and Wyoming. It concealed well enough and was comfortable so I don't expect you'll have any problems at all.



Mine has a Bowen Rough Country rear sight, XS Big Dot front, Badger boot grip, action job and bead blasted finish. Out of the box it was pretty underwhelming but after the modifications it turned into a real nice companion. I carry it here in AZ when camping and such even though we don't have enough the big bears down here. Good luck with your 454 model.
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You may want to consider sending it off to MagnaPort for magnaporting. If so, they also do action jobs. For a carry piece, they can also half-bob the hammer.
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There are a number of gunsmiths that can tune the SRH. One thing going for the SRH is that it has the same type of action as the GP/SP line of revolvers unlike the Redhawk. Some people I can think to check with are:

Ten Ring: https://tenring.com/

Gemini: https://www.geminicustoms.com/

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Magnaport https://magnaport.com/misc.html
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If looking for a IWB holster see if Alien Gear can make you up one without flutes. Mine for Alaskan 44 Mag. showed up late Sat. and it is very comfortable even if you wear it at 3 OClock, I run mine about 3:30.

Only thing bad is even when it is raised as high as it can the rear sight is just above your pants. It hides real well lower but the rear sight get hung up when drawing. Even with the retention as loose as it gets, it is still holds real snug.

If during your searches if you find a full night sight setup or something like this for the Alaskan let me know. "wwwDOTdlsports.com/dl-ruger-flat-top-revolver-sight.html]D&L Ruger Flat Top Revolver Sight" Other wise I will probable try making up something.

I tried to add a couple of pics but I am too new I guess.
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If looking for a IWB holster see if Alien Gear can make you up one without flutes. Mine for Alaskan 44 Mag. showed up late Sat. and it is very comfortable even if you wear it at 3 OClock, I run mine about 3:30.

Only thing bad is even when it is raised as high as it can the rear sight is just above your pants. It hides real well lower but the rear sight get hung up when drawing. Even with the retention as loose as it gets, it is still holds real snug.

If during your searches if you find a full night sight setup or something like this for the Alaskan let me know. "wwwDOTdlsports.com/dl-ruger-flat-top-revolver-sight.html]D&L Ruger Flat Top Revolver Sight" Other wise I will probable try making up something.

I tried to add a couple of pics but I am too new I guess.
I'm thinking of an XS Big Dot night front sight - https://www.xssights.com/Detail.aspx...93566&CAT=8351 and a big fixed rear sight from https://www.dlsports.com/sandw_kln_frame_sights.html.

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There are a number of gunsmiths that can tune the SRH. One thing going for the SRH is that it has the same type of action as the GP/SP line of revolvers unlike the Redhawk. Some people I can think to check with are:

Ten Ring: https://tenring.com/

Gemini: https://www.geminicustoms.com/

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Pinnacle Home - Pinnacle High PerformancePinnacle High Performance | Custom revolvers, revolver gunsmith

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Already mentioned:



Magnaport https://magnaport.com/misc.html

Thanks for all the info.!
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That is wrong front sight for Alaskan. You should need this one wwwDOTxssights.com/Products.aspx?CAT=8350 The Alaskan's have a half circle under them that you need to drill to match your pistol. That big DOT might not fit inside the notch with that short of a barrel also, but that does not mean you could not open it up more.

Also the link in your reply for rear sight is for the Smith and Wesson. I will haft to pull my rear sight off my 629 and it might be a simple conversion, I never thought of modding that one.

I think we are both trying to do the same thing.

Sorry still to new for links too I guess. Just change the DOT to a .
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If I can only gain 25 more lbs, and grow 3 more inches, with my full length wool blend coat, I could carry my Mossy pump 12 with the short bbl on one side and my AR-15 556 pistol on the other. They should balance each other very well. For now, as a "little man" I'm just carrying a 45 and a tactical knife. : - ))
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If I can only gain 25 more lbs, and grow 3 more inches, with my full length wool blend coat, I could carry my Mossy pump 12 with the short bbl on one side and my AR-15 556 pistol on the other. They should balance each other very well. For now, as a "little man" I'm just carrying a 45 and a tactical knife. : - ))
I carried a .45ACP in an Army issue Colt 1911, a Custom 1911, a Glock 21, and a Springfield XD .45 for a total of 49 years seeing I just turned 70 so I love the cartridge as well as the guns that fire it.

I also love a GOOD revolver, and really a finely tuned rifle for that matter. I have been shooting since I was allowed to by my father at a very young age. Growing up in the country with a "gun range" on our property in the "back yard" (not in CA). By the time I was a teenager I was firing 100s of rounds a day in practice using both a rifle and handguns. I did odd jobs and happily spent all my money on ammo.

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