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I can get a blued Ruger Redhawk for $500...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Macchina, Mar 9, 2013.

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  1. Macchina

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    I found a lightly used blued Ruger Redhawk in .44 Mag for $500. I have cash set aside to pay for a LCR when it comes in but my LGS said it would be fine to back-out because he can sell them same day right now. I already have carry guns, I just wanted a .38 special for pocket carry.

    I already load for .44 Mag for my Marlin 1894. My load is a 240g XTP over a max load of H110, it's stout from a rifle. I have loaded up a couple hundred of these (all my brass) with the intention of using them up over the next few years in the Marlin. Will this load really hurt out of the Redhawk?

    Any advice on whether I should jump on this deal? I own an SP101 and hear the Redhawk is it's bigger brother. Would I be able to comfortably carry this gun in the woods and is the price right?
     
  2. roaddog28

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    I would buy the Redhawk in a heart beat for $500. The value of Redhawks in my area have gone up. You can always buy a LCR later. A Redhawk at a good price don't come along that offen.
    Good luck,
    Howard
     
  3. David E

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    Ditto
     
  4. Macchina

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    Here is a picture of it. It comes with the cheap red dot and grips. It's a 5.5" model.

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  5. David E

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    I'd dump that RDS two seconds after getting the gun.

    It's probably why it's $500. It makes the entire gun look ugly and folks don't see the jewel underneath that sight.
     
  6. BADUNAME2

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    No, no, no. These guys are all wrong. Redhawks are nearly ubiquitous, especially compared to your once in a lifetime opportunity on the LCR. Also, the price is far too high, and you'll never be happy with a gun as heavy as a Redhawk for woods carry. The only gun ever made that's less packable is a 16" naval rifle.

    < / sarcasm >

    Really, man, jump on that with both feet. With any luck that'll break that horrendous dot off, and you'll have a nice Redhawk.
     
  7. Macchina

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    Do any of you guys find you can carry around a 5.5" Redhawk with relative ease? Of course a great holster and sturdy belt are assumed.
     
  8. Manny

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    I had a stainless steel model like that years back that was very accurate, especially with .44 special. Sounds like a pretty decent deal.
     
  9. walnut1704

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    Is the original rear sight missing? If so find one first.
     
  10. David E

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    Ruger will sell you a new rear sight. Don't dither and miss out on the gun because of the rear sight.
     
  11. wlewisiii

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    I'd grab it and run home giggling like a school kid & I far prefer .45 Colt to .44 Mag. But somethings are just too good a deal to pass up _and_ you already do .44?

    No brainer to me.
     
  12. TennJed

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    absolutely. You can find a rear sight, don't pass on this
     
  13. limpingbear

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    I carry a 7 1/2 incher in a crossdraw all day out in the woods with no problem. They stopped making blued redhawks a long time ago.....jump on that deal...you wont regret it...
     
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    Agreed!
     
  15. Lost Sheep

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    What woods would you be carrying in? .357 Magnum (SP101) is a bit light for Alaska. 44 Magnum (Redhawk) is about right for Black Bear, maybe Brown Bear.

    The SP101 and the Redhawk are as dissimilar as you can get in Ruger double-action revolvers. The Redhawk has a unique lockwork. The SP101 is similar in design to the GP and Super Redhawk lockwork. The Rehawk has a full grip frame where the SP, GP and SRH have a post. Like all Ruger Double Action revolvers, the are modular in construction with one-piece frames, but that is about the extent of their commonalities.

    I have a 5.5" Redhawk in Stainless Steel. Great gun. Strong as the day is long and since you already have a natural companion piece, I would not hesitate one instant. Get it, get it now. (However, being an inveterate bargainer, make as much of the lack of a rear sight, the drag ring on the cylinder and the stupidity of the previous owner over the red dot sight to beat the price down. But it that doesn't work, pay the full freight.)

    Run it through this checklist. http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57816

    Good luck.

    Lost Sheep
     
  16. Lost Sheep

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    You will want to work up a load in the Redhawk. Not a good idea to use a max or near-max load that was worked up in one gun and to be shot in another. Work up independently in both guns and pick one load that is proven safe, accurate and usable in both.

    The Redhawk benefits from aftermarket grips. A lot. But I see that the one you pictured already has them. The standard factory wood grips which expose metal backstrap can sting a bit.

    Lost Sheep
     
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    I've just purchased a blued Redhawk with a 7 and 1/2 inch barrel for $700 so if you haven't bought it yet then you should. I did get a Leupold red dot pistol. scope with it along with 50 rounds of ammo. My brother owns several and loves them. He prefers the stainless but I love the blued ones myself. I heard mentioned that Ruger stopped making the blued guns. Can you tell me when that was?
     
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    The Redhawk will easily digest loads 10,000psi higher than the Marlin. They're good for 50-55,000psi in .45Colt and the .44's are stronger than that.
     
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    Great price on a well crafted firearm.
    Your only regret will be.... not buying it.

    I've had many adventures with my 5.5 stainless. It has always been my favorite for hiking and hunting.
     
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    BUY IT NOW!
    1.You can't go wrong at that price,the extra few bucks for the rear sight is a non issue.
    2. You already reload for the caliber.
    3. If you're into carbine handgun combo, you got a good one.
    4. It's in a desired barrel length, not to long, so you could use it as a open carry.
    5. You have the 101 so the basic internal workings are the same so it would be easy to
    to keep it working.

    Can't think of one negative thing about the deal.
     
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    I really like the 5 1/2" barrel on a gun that size. Nice ballance, and still easy enough to carry.

    I own a stainless 5 1/2" Redhawk, and find it to be no bother at all to carry in a good holster with a stiff belt.

    Probably wouldn't be too good in a cheapo generic holster with a dept store belt though.

    Seems like a fair price to me. Not sure how that red dot is mounted , but if it is something where the top strap was drilled and tapped, I'd use that as a barganing chip to get the price down a bit more.
     
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    Great guns.....I had one several years ago that I let a gun talk me out of....been kicking myself ever since.
    Lose the red dot, looks like ass.
    I would also lose those grips if you can find something better....while I generally like Hogue's, they don't work well on a Redhawk, as they make the gun sit to far above your hand. For me the factory grips worked best, even with very stout handloads.
    A Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake holster works great for carry with a stout belt.
     
  23. Manny

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    I had a 5.5" in stainless WAY back in the early '90's I think and it shot very well. I liked it a lot but ended up selling it as I had difficulty shooting to it's potential due to the short sight radius, a longer barrel helped solve that problem.

    The sight mount is the very good Weigand no drill mount that uses the existing rear sight mounting holes. While I might dump sight mounted on top and replace it with one of the new breed mini red dots now available, I personally would love that set up. If such had existed back when I had mine it would likely still be in my possesion.

    A resurrection of an old post, I'm currious if the OP elected to get the gun or not?
     
  24. Jaymo

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    I paid $350 for my 7.5" SS Redhawk .44. That was in 1996. I'd jump on it.
     
  25. jp9mm

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    I know revolver prices went a bit crazy a few months ago.
    500 Seems reasonable but i wouldn't buy it, i spent 550 on a nice used Stainless SRH 4 months ago.
    Bought just in time ;)
     
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