To buy or not ... Ruger Redhawk 44 Mag, $300


April 17, 2009, 01:38 PM
As the title might suggest, I am torn. I have an opportunity to buy a very nice revolver, as follows:

Ruger Redhawk (double action)
44 Magnum
5.5" Barrel
Asking price: $300, including 50 rounds of 44 Mag and a nylon shoulder rig

According to the owner, the gun maybe has 300 or so rounds through it.

It is certainly an excellent price, and I have plenty of cash to buy it. But it would mean adding two more calibers to my "logistics train" - in handguns, I currently shoot 22LR, 38 Spl, 357 Mag and 45 ACP. Plus, 44 Mag and 44 Spl are darned expensive, though I do reload.

I don't handgun hunt, and I use a 4" 686 and a Mossberg 12 gauge for home protection. I really can't justify the purchase, except for the fact that it is a raging deal. I probably wouldn't shoot it very often, maybe once or twice per year at most. I do think that loaded with 44 Spl, it would make a good car gun.

So what say you? Given what I have said, what would you do in my position?

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Thomas Garrett
April 17, 2009, 01:47 PM
For that price, definately buy it. Try it, if you don't like it. use it as trading material, or flip it.:evil:

April 17, 2009, 01:55 PM
$300 and you're asking if you should buy it?

You need a shrink?

You married or somethin?


April 17, 2009, 01:58 PM
Yep, needs a shrink if he doesn't run and get it. $300 for a Redhawk ( Are you kidding me?

April 17, 2009, 02:01 PM
You married or somethin?

Gee, how did you guess? :p

This one might be worth taking a little heat over, methinks.

And others have suggested, I could always "flip it" later.

April 17, 2009, 02:08 PM
Get it now or regret it. I bought a Super Redhawk years ago for $300, never had a .44 mag before and its the only one I have now. I shoot it a couple times a year and it is a blast at the range. Haven't regretted it one bit.

April 17, 2009, 02:12 PM
I have a 5.5 " stainless Redhawk I paid $305 in 1985. I would buy it just for the bargain knowing I could flip it for a profit.

Thomas Garrett
April 17, 2009, 02:26 PM
If you don't, please tell me where it is, I buy it!!!!:D, he** I just bought a NIB Browning Buckmark Target 5.5 for $150.00 and he gave me 3 boxes of Remington 550 rounds from Wally world. Can't blink on someone elses stupidity. As we are a free trade society.

April 17, 2009, 02:37 PM
You married or somethin?

Gee, how did you guess?

You're definitely asking the wrong people.

April 17, 2009, 02:39 PM
All I can say is that 44 mag is a fun round. Plus when no one is looking :uhoh: you could always play Dirty Harry. ;)

LTR shooter
April 17, 2009, 03:11 PM
It is certainly an excellent price, and I have plenty of cash to buy it.

On a deal that good I would inclined to go with it. Like you I do not shoot the 44 a whole lot. BUT - it is nice to have one when the urge hits! Everytime I have been without a 44 I always found myself wanting one again. A $300 Redhawk is a rare find to say the least.

April 17, 2009, 03:23 PM
Well, I'll admit to not being the sharpest knife in the drawer. But I did come to my senses - I called the seller and the deal is done. I'll be picking up my new to me 44 tomorrow :D .

I may not be nuts either, but you guys are right ... if I had to ask the question, it at least proves "temporary insanity" on my part :o .

I'll just have to pick up some stock wood grips for it sometime. The rubbers feel good in my hands, but I prefer the look and feel of wood. And before anyone says anything, I did shoot a 7.5" Redhawk with wood grips once, and it was 44 Mag ammo. Though the recoil was stout, it wasn't all that bad, really. Just a great big powerful shove, I actually found it to be less sharp than my 686 firing 357 Mags.

Anyway, thanks for slapping me out of it!

April 17, 2009, 03:43 PM
It's unanimous. I'd buy it if I never planned on shooting it. There is one locally for sale for $600. That's too steep for my tastes. That one is 7" and stainless also. I'd rather have a 5 1/2" myself (and three boxes of ammo! and a holster, and $300...)

April 17, 2009, 03:56 PM
Let's see pictures!

April 17, 2009, 04:18 PM
Edit: Good to see you came to your senses. I'd have bought that in a heartbeat at that price.

harmon rabb
April 17, 2009, 04:22 PM
i'd be there quicker than a frat guy to a party with free beer and topless coeds.

April 17, 2009, 04:48 PM
Don't have the gun in hand yet, but when I do I'll do my best to post pics, possibly under a new thread.

April 17, 2009, 06:27 PM
BUY IT! if the little woman gives you greif about it, tell her you bought it so the both of you could go shooting together. let her shoot the 686. if she wants to. if she doesn't, then you can give her the guilt treatment, and say, i was just trying to do something nice for you.

April 17, 2009, 07:42 PM
If I had to buy a NEW .44 Magnum, it'd be a Redhawk.

April 17, 2009, 10:25 PM
the weird bellhouse grip frame never felt good to me & I never had luck locating aftermarket grips at local shops that I could try fitted on the Redhawk (7.5" barrel) I owned for a short time; I hate ordering grips over the internet since ya gotta buy them before you try them; the latest 4" barrel version with the Hogue grip is a different animal; felt great when I held it, but if I'm gonna spend over $600 for a .44 mag, I wanted a S&W 629 & I snagged a PowerPort version for $600 last year

April 17, 2009, 10:53 PM
Tell the wife you've always had it. That's what I do when I get a new tattoo. Now she thinks I was born with them.

April 17, 2009, 10:54 PM
Double post sorry

April 17, 2009, 11:31 PM
42-0-0 in 9 hours. The vote is unanimous. Get It :D

April 17, 2009, 11:47 PM
You buy it $300 and sell it to me for $375.00


April 17, 2009, 11:52 PM
Buy it.

Try it.

It comes with the ammo you need to try it out...

If you don't like it, you can sell it for more than 300 bucks any day of the week, especially with the holster.

Hell, I'd buy it if I were you, and I already have 2 .44 revolvers. One has a shorter barrel and one a longer barrel, so this would fill that burning need I have for a 5.5" DA .44... You know, that need that only really arises if I see something like a Redhawk stainless for 300 bucks with some ammo and a holster...:D

Then, you'll have a reason to take up handgun hunting...

April 18, 2009, 12:55 AM
Dang. i would love to find this deal!!! 49 to nothing should give you your answer though...

April 18, 2009, 10:28 PM
Ha, it is 55 to nothing now! Gawd, what a stupid question to post on THR! :banghead: ;)

Relax fellas, the $300 Redhawk is sleeping soundly in my gunsafe as I write this :p . So I'm not totally stoopid. I'll clean it up tomorrow and take some pics to post. I probably won't get to shoot it for a couple more weeks, but that's alright, at least I've got it. When I do go shooting, I'll have to take it to the nearby indoor range nearby - makes big boom even bigger :evil: . The DA trigger is nice and smooth with a good break, though there is more stacking than I am accustomed to, but I don't believe that will be an issue. SA is pretty gritty, but I shoot DA anyway, so that doesn't matter. I'll have to drop the trigger group when I do my cleaning tomorrow.

This is the first gun I've ever purchased that I considered to be a raging bargain. Though the other week I bought a used Marlin Model 60 (tube fed semi auto 22LR rifle) for $69.55, tax and everything. 22" barrel, 18 round tube, very cool. Maybe this is a sign of things to come.

Now if only I could find a 3" Ruger Security Six for $300 :D .

April 19, 2009, 10:31 AM
either buy it or tell me where to find it,lol

April 19, 2009, 10:56 AM
I'd say buy it even though I probly would not. If you want a 44 and you found a ruger for that price I would think it to be a good deal

Mat, not doormat
April 19, 2009, 11:21 PM
heck, I'd buy it, but then I've been looking for that exact gun for quite a while. haven't seen a deal on one in months. If you buy it to resell, then you stand to make about $150. if you just buy it because it's a good deal, then you stand to lose about $300. Lol.

If you actually want it, then buy it.


April 20, 2009, 04:31 PM
... actually, more like $225, figuring the nylon shoulder holster, case and 50 rounds of 44 Mag JHPs are worth $75 at least :evil: .

I'll be posting similar pics in a new thread sometime.

EDITED TO ADD: 86 to 0? This must be the most one-sided pole in THR history! :o

April 20, 2009, 05:11 PM

April 20, 2009, 08:18 PM
BUY IT!! Then the "two week rule" starts. If you can hide it in plain sight for two weeks and she asks "what is this?" You can say "This old thing? I've had it for ever." :evil:

April 20, 2009, 08:31 PM
Ooh, daddy like!!!

Revolver Ocelot
April 20, 2009, 08:42 PM
buy it, if your wife doesn't like that you bought it (or you don't really want it) argue its resale value, if you can't keep it for either of those reasons just buy it so that you can resell it for profit.

.02 deposited

edit: congrats on the new revolver, shes a beaut'

I don't care what anyone says abut rugers, I think they're sexy :D

April 20, 2009, 08:46 PM
Buy it or post the seller, dude. I am ON IT.

April 20, 2009, 11:13 PM
Hey guys, read the posts. He's bought it already. Great gun and awesome price! I've got the same one with the 7.5" barrel. I too prefer the wood grips.

April 20, 2009, 11:47 PM
You probably made the right call if you want a 44 mag. Anyone who shoots much centerfire revolver probably should have either a 41 or 44 mag. I have a blue one in 41 mag which I like.

April 21, 2009, 12:27 AM
Great find. I saw two guys fighting over a used 5.5" .44 Redhawk at a local shop recently, and that one was $550 + 10% sales tax.

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