I've decided to get my first magnum-caliber gun, and right now I'm leaning towards a Super Redhawk .454 with the 7 1/2" barrel. I like the caliber because I don't reload and I think there's a good spectrum of factory ammo available in .45 Colt and .454. I like the gun because Ruger seems to have a good reputation for quality firearms and the Super Redhawk in particular is well thought-of.
I'm wondering if there's anything else of which I should be aware: quality problems in current production Rugers, issues with different finishes, brands I might not know about, potentially better caliber choices, that sort of thing. I would appreciate any input.
Also, feel free to post pics of your SRHs! :)
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September 8, 2005, 03:00 AM
Yes I would like one of these also but I'm going to buy the Alaskan first.
September 8, 2005, 03:19 AM
I don't know if it's much more expensive, but a 460 will fire the aformentioned cartridges (454 and 45lc).
September 8, 2005, 03:34 AM
I thought about that, too, Fisherman, but the MSRP of the .460 X-Frame is more than half-again as much as that of the SRH.
September 8, 2005, 11:37 AM
If you are not in a hurry I'd bet some will eventually start to show up at pawn shops. (I'll be the first to admit that once I make up my mind waiting is not something I'm good at.)
September 8, 2005, 11:27 PM
Geech, go ahead and get that .454 Ruger SRH, I have one and I love it. I read posts about it on here for a year before I snagged mine. Some people say they are ugly, but only a mamma could love an ugly baby so get one. I was always intrigued how much recoil that it would have over a .44. After firing some 300gr'ers I have to say it is more than a .44, but not unmanagable. Sometimes when I fire it with hot loads I just say "ouch" and then double action up another one, I enjoy it. Sometimes I shoot it at the indoor range just for grins. I have had mixed luck finding good .45 colt loads, most of the time they run pretty dirty. I would still like to find a hotter load than the 300gr from Hornady. I am not reloading .454 right now but may in the future. Anyone tried any .454 cor-bon loads?
September 9, 2005, 12:10 AM
I really like mine. It shoots nearly as flat as my 17Mach2 in 100 yds. I never shoot 45 Colts. You can buy pretty mild 250 gr rounds for it or if you reload, you can load mild to wild.
Go for it. I just acquired a SRH 480 in 7.5 inch and it is a blast. The 400 grain Hornady slug went through four phone books, lodging in the last half inch. Recoil is no big deal, although muzzle flip is substantial. Hopefully, a dual Magna-Port job will lessen that. The trigger is smooth for a new gun, both single and double action, and there are four or five makers of a variety of ammo already out there. I am told (no personal experience) the recoil is far less than the 454, but of course, there is not the ammo choice with the 480. I averaged $1.00 per round from Natchez . . .
September 11, 2005, 03:43 PM
I don't reload and I think there's a good spectrum of factory ammo available in .45 Colt and .454.
At $1-$1.50 per shot for factory ammo, reloading is a must for the big cannons. I started reloading after I got my Desert Eagle .50 (~$1.15/shot) and my .375 Ultra Mag (~$2.80/shot). Reloading brought the .50 down to $0.35 and the .375 RUM to ~$1.10.
September 11, 2005, 10:45 PM
I love mine but it might be parked more now that i bought a 500..
Also if your going to buy one you better reload only way to get the most out of the 45 and 454
September 11, 2005, 10:51 PM
If you reload the .454, there is no real reason to ever shoot the 45 Colts. You can load mild to wild.
September 11, 2005, 11:20 PM
Mine has been great, it's not as refined as my S&W or Colt revolvers but it's very accurate and a strong platform for the 454 casull.