I'm considering a .44 and, for various reasons, will probably go with a Ruger.
However, I don't know very much about the different variations of Redhawks and Blackhawks. Looking at this month's AR and Ruger's site, Blackhawks seem more cowboy oriented with the rounder handle, so I'm leaning towards a Redhawk. What makes a Redhawk a Super Redhawk?
I know I'm looking for something target/hunting, probably 5" bbl, and will more than likely put a scope on it. Looking at the auction sites, the Redhawks look like they've had different tweaks over the years. Some appear to keep the scope on the frame, while others are made to have the scope on the frame and barrel. Some almost look like they've started as a 2" snubby and then had a barrel insert put in.
So, kindly enlighten me on what to look for.
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May 26, 2006, 02:28 PM
One of the big differences between the Redhawk and Super Redhawk is the action. In the Redhawk's action, one spring serves as the main spring and trigger return spring. The Super's action is like the GP100 in that there are seperate springs for the trigger return and hammer. The Super is capable of a better trigger pull out of the box and is easier to tune.
The Super's barrel is a round barrel that screw into an extended frame extension (the snub you referred to). It is available in 7.5" and 9.5"s except for the Alaskan sub-model. The Redhawks barrel is contoured to a more traditional look and there is no ugly (my opinion) frame extension involved. Barrel lengths for the Redhawk are 5.5" and 7.5"
I believe that all Supers come setup to easily mount a scope. Some models of the Redhawk have the "scallops" for Ruger scope rings and some do not. Also, the Super is available only in stainless and the Redhawk can be found in Blued or Stainless. I happen to think the Redhawk is a much better looking gun. Most folks think the Super's grip is more comforable to shoot.
Hope this helps
Oh, and both are stout!
Tiny in Ohio
May 26, 2006, 02:30 PM
The Ruger Blackhawk and Super Blackhawk are single action, meaning that each time to fire a round the hammer must be cocked. They also load ammo one round at a time through a loading gate, the cylinder does not fall out of the frame to the left. Excellent hunting pistols, will take some severe reloads.
The Super Redhawk is a double action pistol, meaning a round can be fired either by pulling the trigger, or cocking the hammer. The cylinder falls out to the left, meaning reloads can be done via a speed loader. Most Super Redhawks come in a 7.5" or a 9.5" barrel. Scopes are mounted via scope rings that attach to the top of the frame. Older Super Redhawks scopes attached via frame and barrel, making it look more like a scout mount.
PM me if you are interested in a Super Redhawk, I have one for sale.
May 26, 2006, 07:54 PM
I have both and love em both but the SRH wins overall - much as anything because I am lazy with unload/reload drills!! Also, the SRH is a breeze to fit other sighting devices - in my case a Millet red dot.