45/45acp Redhawk

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  1. MTNSTRYDER

    MTNSTRYDER Member

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    I bought a new Ruger Redhawk 45/45acp 2weeks ago it had to go back to Ruger because all 6 shots went all over.I couldn’t hit a 2foot target at 25 feet with any ammo.I’m sure the Ruger will work that out and I will have a great revolver for the woods.
    But I have a concern.It’s a Redhawk why do I find so many warnings about P+ ammo on this gun.I have owned Blackhawks in 45 for many years my favorite loads are 325 grain at 1150 to 1200 FPS
    I have never had any kind of problem with any “Ruger Only “load in my Blackhawks.The Redhawk is stronger right? Ruger’s rep’s first question was did you fire p+ ammo.
    Is there really a concern of the striengh of this gun?
     
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    A manufacturer is going to be look out for themselves and rightfully so, the problem isnt the strength of said weapon, the issue is that ruger after all these years know that people take their guns and use them for rougher than standard loadings and thus need to be cautious against any legal problems that may arise, they may also use it to deny warranty work if the gun was indeed abused when the manual states that such action will void warranty work. All that said, it is RUGER after all and if any manufacturer makes things "Right" its Ruger.
     
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    The model is known for less than stellar accuracy with ACP, and it's stronger than a Blackhawk.
    No concerns with "+P" .45 Colt in the gun.
    Denis
     
  4. cowboy77845

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    I read an article that said one could shoot 45 Magnum in this revolver with no problem. So I bought one to do just that. I think the accuracy with 45 LC and 45 mag is better than with 45 ACP. At least it is in my revolver.
     
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    The Redhawk frame is very strong. I believe it can handle +P loads with no trouble. HOWEVER, Ruger puts that warning in to say "If you hotrod your gun and blow your hand off, it's not our fault." They know that their guns are popular for shooting nuke handloads, but they have to include warnings like this for liability reasons.

    (I and my posts are not responsible for any handload-related injuries, load and shoot at your own peril)
     
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    I have no problem shooting hot loaded Underwood stuff through it (325 gr hardcasts).

    You'll be fine. It's my absolute favorite handgun.
     
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    The Ruger Canada Service was fantastic with my new Redhawk 45 ACP/COLT. It had poor accuracy and was an early production model. They promptly replace it with a new gun which is a tack driver. Thanks to Ruger.
     
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    Mine handles hot Underwood and HSM loads no problem. Still my favourite gun to shoot at the range. Always puts a smile on my face.
     
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    I had to send my Redhawk back to Ruger twice.Both times because shots were scattered like a bad shotgun a new pawl timing and barrel work now it’s a good one.Big thanks to Ruger customer support.
    So far I’ve tried H110 and Littlegun with 250 xtp’s and Speer deep curl also trying some lead 250 round nose with trail boss today.
    All loads shot to the same point of aim from cowboy loads to ouch that was a little hot hunting loads.I am really liking this gun I’ not going to sell my Blackhawk but it’ now stuck in the safe.
    The best part is how easy the Redhawk is to carry every day.
     
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    [QUOTEThe Ruger Canada Service was fantastic with my new Redhawk 45 ACP/COLT. It had poor accuracy and was an early production model. They promptly replace it with a new gun which is a tack driver. Thanks to Ruger.][/QUOTE]

    Soooo I live in a state that requires a permit for each gun,what would I do if they replace the gun with a different serial number.Besides move :uhoh:
     
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    After a year and a half of ownership, I can speak to the lack of accuracy with .45 ACP. At 50 yards, I can't hit with any repeatability an Evil Roy steel target, but with .45 Colt, I can do it regularly.

    Long distances with .45 ACP isn't what this Redhawk was made for and you either live with it or you don't. Personally, I doubt I'll ever be shooting past 20 yards with the revolver and I bought it to use as a short range defensive gun.
     
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    Can you use moon clips with 45 Colt ammo?
     
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    Yes is should work just fine.
     
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    "Should" or "does"?
     
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    "Should", I don't have one so I can't say, "does". But if its cut to clear a 45 ACP moonclip it should clear a 45 Colt moonclip since the 45 Colt moonclip will be thinner.
     
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    All I can say is "Amen Brother"
    I did a VERY dumb thing & ruined an SP101.
    Ruger replaced it FOC (free of charge)
    Even tho I told 'em the truth.
     
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    50 yards with a 4" barrel revolver?

    Why would you want to? .45LC is a rimmed cartridge.
     
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    Fast reloads!
     
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    A good revolver can easily hit out to 100 yards, it's all dependent on the shooting ability of the person, Elmer Keith has a verifiable story where he hit an elk or was it moose at 600 yards with a .44 Smith and Wesson.
     
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    Agreed, I have a .44 Mag 9.5" SRH with a scope that can do some tight groups at longer distances. I rest the revolver on a bag at a bench.
     
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    For quick reloads without a speed loader.
     
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    Years ago, I was range officer at a rifle range at Fort Ord. We had a steel plate 12 inches high by 16 inches wide hung at 385 yards. I could hit that plate 2 or 3 of 5 shots (and once 4 of 5) with a Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8", standing, one handed. Was shooting quite a lot in those days. There were, and probably still are, marksmen who can do better than that.
     
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    sorry- duplicate post
     
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    Speed loaders are cheap, and are a convenient way to carry ammo. I haven't tried to clip .45 Colt rounds into half moon clips, but I have a sneaking suspicion it will require modification of the clip. .45 Colt rounds are quite a bit larger at the base, just forward of the rim, than the .45 ACP extraction groove.
     
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