1. Upgrade efforts paused for now. Thanks for your patience. More details in the thread in Tech Support for those who are interested.
    Dismiss Notice

Heritage RR Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Brubz, Jan 25, 2023.

  1. Brubz

    Brubz Member

    Feb 2, 2021
    I see videos online of the Heritage RR with frequent misfires. is this a case of it being picky about the ammo or is it a problem with Hammer Springs?
    Also the BirdsHead grips? Are they real wood or just plastic?
  2. CoalCrackerAl

    CoalCrackerAl Member

    Jan 29, 2021
    Shamokin/Coal twp Pa.
    Between the wife and i.We have 4 RR'S. Never had i non fire besides the occasional one. The grips are some kind of laminate i think. I tried to strip one and stain a different color. That did not work.
    GBExpat and Brubz like this.
  3. doubleh

    doubleh Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    NM-south of I-40
    Of the two I own the only misfires have been the ammo, not the guns. They are fun guns used for killing coke cans, caliche rocks, paper, and steel.
  4. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Member

    May 10, 2005
    Kingsport Tennessee
    I have a 2016 manufacture HRR,.bought 2018. I have shot it a bit with .22 s.l.lr and have shot .22 wrf and .22 wmr in the magnum cylinder.

    I haven't messed with the hammer spring or even had the grip off.

    I have always gotten good firing pin indent and no fail to fire (except when I forgot and left the safety on.)
  5. GBExpat

    GBExpat Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Rural, far beyond the beltway, Northern Virginia,
    o_O :scrutiny:

    adcoch1 and Pat Riot like this.
  6. ontarget

    ontarget Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Michigan (Gods country)
    I have several different RRs and can't remember any failures of any kind other than a rare completely dud round.
  7. dredd

    dredd Member

    Mar 16, 2010
    DFW - Texas
    I picked one up early last year. I have only put a few hundred 22LR through it, but no issues with the pistol making the round cook off.

    There were duds. They were bad rounds, period. Nothing I had would light them.

    The 22Mag cylinder was a bit different. Several rounds needed double strikes.
    The bores were a tiny bit "something"??? I scrubbed them out even better than I did during my initial cleaning.
    That helped a lot. I probably need to polish the bores a bit.

    That being said, all of the CCI mag ammo went pop.
    I only had issues with a box of Winchester. I don't think they were dropping all of the way in.
    I think the cylinder should have been a little more forgiving.
    The Winchester works fine in my other toys.
  8. Tallball

    Tallball Member

    Oct 2, 2014
  9. starling

    starling Member

    Oct 5, 2010
    100% for ours (me and the kids) in 22lr with anything I have ever run (cheap bulk mostly). Never had a dud either (which is luck with 22lr). Same goes for the Keystone Cricket youth rifles. Good hard hits on the rims. I would pull the Fireing pin and spring. Give it a good cleaning. Might be some crud/carbon in there built up from factory preservative and grime. We dont run 22wmr because of the zamak frames on these. Check your cylinder for forward movement. I guess its possible the frame could be out of spec but I have never seen that on a RR. In that case you are looking at shimming it. Hammer springs are cheap on the website..also worth a try. Heritage is great about selling parts.

    The design has been around forever under many different brands. It is very sound. Sometimes the need some tweeking.. Chamber polishing as mentioned above. Biggest consistent problem I see is getting the sights dialed it. I prefer these over the Ruger Wrangler. Grips are anything you want for the most part. Normally plastic or wood.

    For the money they are almost impossible to beat. People like to freak out about the safety but they did it right (location wise). Safety on a rimfire is the way to go. Our safeties are all painted red on the inside so the visual is more positive when in the fireing position.

    Get things dialed in and enjoy your Rough Rider. Great revolver that pay for themselves pretty quick. You cant really go wrong with them if you treat them responsibly. Start hotdogging and fanning the hammer .......I could see the zamak internals wearing out pretty quick and giving problems. Dont really want to be fanning a rimfire either regardless of what people do on youtube.

    Rough rider one of those firearms everyone should have. Cricket youth rifle in the same category. Inexpensive, small, fun, durable, versitile, reliable, cheap to shoot, and handy to have around. In a pinch it can be used for defense or small game. Safe and easy to use even for a non seasoned shooter. American made... what else you want?
    ontarget likes this.
  10. film495

    film495 Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    I haven't shot my RR too much, but I have never had a fail to fire, and I shoot some of the cheapest ammo through it.
  11. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    My second one, the 3.5" birdshead, ran fine until this past Thanksgiving when I took it to Tennessee and my cousin fed it Golden Bullets. It would not fire all six in any one loadup. Then, I remembered that the one misfire I had with it previously was with a GB the day I first tried it out. It has fired AutoMatch and MiniMags, all I've otherwise used, well.

    My other HRR, the 4.75" plowhandle, has run everything. I don't remember if I've fed it RBGs, but I probably did a few because it was with me the day I tried the shorter one.
  12. tuckerdog1

    tuckerdog1 Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Everybody has been a lot luckier than me. Bought two, one as a gift. The one I kept couldn't get through a full 6 shots in a row EVER. Contacted Heritage & customer service was awful. VERY reluctant to take gun back for service, even though I'd only had it a week or so. But they took it. About two weeks later, get it back & no change. Called them again, and told if I wanted more lousy service I'd be responsible for shipping. Thanks for nothing. The 2nd one I'd given as a gift, I just "inherited" as that relative passed away. Took it to the range, and it's as bad as the one I already have. I have tried at least 6 different brands of ammo & no difference. Roll the dice. Maybe you'll get lucky & maybe not. If not, don't expect Heritage to back their product.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice