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Ruger Redhawk or Super Blackhawk???? Which one???

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by camoman33935, Mar 24, 2009.

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  1. camoman33935

    camoman33935 Member

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    Well, i've brought it down to these two guns.

    what barrel length should I get to use it for hunting?

    Which gun would you choose and why?
     
  2. 444marlin

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    I had the same dilemma a few years ago and ended up buying a SBH SS 4 5/8 barrel and really like it but still want a redhawk, you'll probly want a longer barrel than mine to hunt with mine is more of what John Taffin calls a packin pistol.

    so to sum it up buy both.
     
  3. camoman33935

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    hah....wish i could buy both...
     
  4. JR1

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    I've got the same gun as 444marlin in .45 Colt. killed 3 deer with it this year and one the year before. Love it.
     
  5. Gun 4 Fun

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    5.5" Redhawk. Longer cylinder will allow you to take advantage of Buffalo Bore and Garrett rounds that are too long for the Super Blackhawk cylinder. I've owned both, and it isn't even close when it come to comfort levels when shooting them side by side, which I did on numerous occasions. Both of mine were 7.5" barrels. The 5.5" packs easier, is more nicely balanced and gives up virtually nothing in ballistic performance, while having a long enough sighting radius to be able to shoot accurately out to as far as anyone should be shooting at game with a revo. JMO
     
  6. WardenWolf

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    The Redhawk series is double action, the Blackhawk series is single action. Your choice.
     
  7. JR1

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    Just as a side note to Gun 4 Fun....my Blackhawk shoots Buffalo Bore just fine. Used them until I switched to handloads this year. Bullet length was not an issue. May not be true of all, but it worked well for my gun.
     
  8. jbkebert

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    I hunt with a Super Redhawk 7 1/2" .44 mag. I almost always fire single action so I guess it doesn't matter which you get. both are very nice guns and will do you fine in the field. My prefrence would stay with a 6" barrel at least and no more than 8 3/8" for ease of draw and still be quick to handle.
     
  9. camoman33935

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    so do yall think the 5 1/2 in barrel on the Redhawk would tame the recoil enough to accurately manage. (PS. Im a big guy, pretty strong at that) My GP-100 with a 6" barrel is managed nicely but i wanted somethin with a little more bite for the bigger game.
     
  10. Daizee

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    Super Blackhawk Hunter.
    Done.

    -Daizee
     
  11. Wolfeye

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    I'd say a 5 1/2" Redhawk would be heavy enough to manage magnums. It's noticeably heavier than a Smith of a similar length.
     
  12. Wolfeye

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    Sorry, double post.
     
  13. ArmedBear

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    Or the Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter, if you have doubts about the regular plowhandle grip.:)

    I have a 10 1/2" SBH, and it's easy to shoot it at a good distance with that rifle-length sight radius. It's like a sidearm-carbine.:D Believe it or not, Ruger's holster does allow a reasonable draw with that barrel.

    Personally, I'd buy whichever one feels best to you, though. Sounds like a cop-out, but it's true. The SRH deserves a look; you have more grip options with the SRH, and scope mounting is trivial, as with the SBH Hunter models.

    IMHO, if I wanted a DA with a relatively short barrel, I'd look at the 629. The beefy Rugers -- RH, SRH or SBH, really come into their own with 7 1/2" barrels (and longer, for some of us :) )
     
  14. Jamesk

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    I had a Blawkhawk 10.5 inch years back and about 6 years ago I bought a 7.5 inch SuperRedhawk. Much prefered. I like dumping all 6 cartridges at once and the grip better. I only shoot single action but the feel is better (to me) on the Super. If you can get a chance try both! I have had a scope on the Super for the last 2 years but the factory sights are ok to.
     
  15. Slamfire

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    I had a 44 Redhawk. I don't have big hands, and all the rubber grips I tried were super huge.

    While the Redhawk shot well, it was like holding a telephone pole. So I got rid of it.

    I still have my Super Blackhawk.

    That revolver is lighter than the Redhawk, is very accurate.
     
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    Super Redhawk w/Burris 2x

    Mine (upper right) is .454, but if I could do it over, I'd proebably go 44 mag. The barrel is 7 1/2", grips are Hogue. I used to have a 357 BH, really loved it.

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  17. Gun 4 Fun

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    I was referring to the Garrett load that they ckaim is to long for the SBH. I should have been more clear.

    GARRETT'S 44 MAG HAMMERHEAD AMMO
    $85 / 50 CTGS

    330-GR SUPER-HARD-CAST GC LONG-HAMMERHEAD AT 1400-FPS

    THIS 44 MAGNUM AMMO IS RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN RUGER AND DAN WESSON DOUBLE-ACTION REVOLVERS, AS WELL AS THE TAURUS RAGING BULL. IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED FOR THE GARY REEDER 5-SHOT ULTIMATE 44 MAGNUM, AND THE JOHN GALLAGHER CUSTOM LONG-CYLINDER RUGER SINGLE-ACTIONS. THIS AMMO SHOULD BE FIRED ONLY IN THOSE RECOMMENDED REVOLVERS! THIS AMMO IS BOTH TOO LONG AND GENERATES TOO MUCH CHAMBER PRESSURE FOR SAFE USE IN S&W AND RUGER SUPER BLACKHAWK REVOLVERS. IT IS ALSO TOO LONG FOR USE IN THE FREEDOM ARMS REVOLVER
     
  18. ArmedBear

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    I understand the desire for versatility, but seriously, if I need to shoot 330 grain bullets at 1400 fps, I'll get a .454 Casull. Won't have any trouble finding load data that way, either (I have no interest whatsoever in paying Buffalo Bore $85/box for something that costs me $8/box to load, and provides the additional entertainment of handloading).

    At some point along the line, griping that revolver X doesn't work with out-of-spec load Y that you'll never actually use, becomes silly.
     
  19. Gun 4 Fun

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    It ain't silly if the OP plans to hunt with it. That is what his first post says too. There is nothing wrong with pointing out all the possibilities available, and letting him decide.
     
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    To the OP what game are you planning on hunting with this handgun? I personally don't see the need for the buffalo bore ammo for deer sized game. Loaded with 240 gr XTP or 250 gr Platnium tips you have plenty of knock down power for most anything. If I was hunting a moose or buffalo or large game maybe the buffalo bore but think its way over kill for anything smaller.
     
  21. Travis Bickle

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    I'd get the Redhawk. It can double as a personal defense weapon if you load it with .44 special. Even if you already have a personal defense sidearm, it can never hurt to have another.

    As far as barrel length is concerned, I'd get the 5.5 inch. That's long enough to hunt with. Anything shorter would probably be too much of a handful with magnum loads and anything longer would be kind of unwieldy for personal defense.
     
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  22. Big Daddy Grim

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    I love my Redhawk I shoot all different loads through mine it's been great I have the 9 1/2 in. Barrel and have taken a lot of game with it over the years.
     
  23. madcratebuilder

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    I have both a SBH and a SRH. Either one gets the job done. I have used them scoped and with irons. It's more work to scope the SBH. The SBH is a little lighter and has a better selection of grips.
     
  24. ArmedBear

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    If I intended to scope the gun, I'd get the Hunter model (regular or Bisley). Comes with rings, too, for about $600 new in the local shop. That'd be a substantial savings over buying a regular SBH, the scope mount, and having the gun drilled and tapped, and the Hunter still offers more: you don't have to ditch the rear sight to mount the scope. You can have sighted-in backup sights when hunting with a scope, and easily switch your gun from irons to optics and back.
     
  25. camoman33935

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    Id be huntin hogs and deer with it. I may just get some better loads for my Gp100 .357 Mag. instead of gettin a new gun.
     
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