Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by castile, Jul 13, 2022.
The barrel threads are lubed before screwing into the frame. The story goes something like the lube was applied way too soon and by the time the revolver was assembled, the lube had dried (or thickened is probably a better way to describe it) and a stress in the barrel/frame was unintentionally created.
Ruger discovered the issue quickly and corrected it. I’ve only ever heard that this happened to the earliest run of RedHawks and hasn’t happened in decades. Someone with more knowledge will hopefully chime in.
I have a 4.2" redhawk I wouldn't sell for all the tea in China. I love Colt snake guns but this fire breather isn't going anywhere!!
That makes sense. But mine was made in 1982, when did they fix the issue?
I couldn’t part with that beauty.
Generally speaking, threaded joints in stainless steel require lubrication otherwise they gall and can eventually lock up while screwing the pieces together.
This may have been what Ruger experienced with the Redhawks. The barrel/frame joint may have begun to gall as it was approaching its finished position weakening the joint.
It sounds like Ruger discovered the problem quickly corrected it.
Mine was made in 1982 also. Lots of people are able to describe the fault and some go so far as to say Ruger corrected the problem "quickly" but no one seems to know which RedHawks were affected in terms of a serial number range.
The only reason I sold my 44 super redhawk was because I got into 454 casull and didn't shoot it at all anymore. I regret selling it only because I know I won't get another and I did really like that gun. So, if you like the redhawk I'd say keep it. The devil you know is better then the devil you don't .
I agree but they did, sort of. That thing they call a "Super GP100" is just that. They just never took it further than the competition-oriented model. I've been very tempted to have JRH build me one with a Dan Wesson barrel.
Hey, how 'bout that! A "Couger Redhaconda!"
I've regretted every gun I ever sold. Perhaps SAVE SAVE SAVE and then buy the Anaconda? I think you'll be happier.
Good on yah for keeping the Redhawk!
Did you try Ruger Bisley? Also, if you want to shoot considerably bit hotter loads than Special level, I highly recommend 41 Magnum in Bisley. I can shoot 210-220 grains at 1100-1150 fps all day long.
FYI, 44-250 at same fps gave me tingling in my wrist after after just 50-60 rounds.
Also, some handgun writers had a same problem you mentioned, and switched to S&W 57/657.
My person preference is my Dan Wesson 744 that came with a scoped 8" barrel and I have since added 4" and 2.5" barrels to it. It is overbuilt like a Ruger but has an incredibly smooth trigger like a S&W. I really like having multiple length barrels for the same gun. Swapping barrels takes under a minute after you have done it a few times.
Actually, this Redhawk is in 357 rather than 44 magnum. But you get the idea…
To me, it's like comparing a really good cheeseburger to a really good pastrami on rye. They're both really good, just different.
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