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Which Ruger in 45Colt?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by HM2PAC, Sep 6, 2008.

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Which 45Colt?

Poll closed Oct 6, 2008.
  1. New Ruger Redhawk 5.5" Bbl

    32.9%
  2. New Ruger Blackhawk 45C/45ACP Convertible

    67.1%
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  1. HM2PAC

    HM2PAC Member

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    In my last thread/poll, I tossed asked you to help me make up my mind between a 44RM and a 45Colt for a hunting revolver that can also derve as a backup. At this point in time, the 45Colt is my choice. I like the idea of being able to handload my own "beatdown" cartridges.

    So, which revolver to do it in. I like the Rugers I have, (SP101's, 10/22), so I am thinking either the New Redhawk in a 5.5" Bbl, or the New Blackhawk convertible 5.5" that will allow a swap-out cylinder for 45ACP.
     

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  2. highlander 5

    highlander 5 Member

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    That Redhawk is a 4" barrel. I believe that the 5 1/2" and 7 1/5" barreled Redhawks have been discontinued.
     
  3. memphisjim

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    double action
     
  4. HM2PAC

    HM2PAC Member

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    I couldn't find a picture of the 5.5" Bbl. Supposedly that is a new offering from Ruger, according to their website. I don't believe they have discontinued anything from that line yet.

    http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAProdView?model=5027&return=Y
     
  5. fortney

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    Before making your purchase consider looking at a Ruger Bisley Blackhawk revolver.

    I have the old model Bisley Vaquero and really like the grip.

    F
     
  6. huntershooter

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    None of the above.

    My preference is the Ruger "Bisley" mod. on .45 Colt. I find it much easier to shoot with +P loads.
     
  7. MCMXI

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    HM2PAC, I just bought a Ruger Redhawk KRH-45-4 which is the first photo you posted. As already mentioned, it only comes with a 4" barrel but it sure is a great looking revolver. It can easily handle 350 grain bullets moving at 1200 fps generating about 30,000 CUP so it's a perfect hunting sidearm if you don't mind the weight.

    :)
     
  8. Ben Shepherd

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    Your biggest decision is between single and double action. Backup, you say? Back-up to what? A rifle you have chambered in 45 colt? Or for home defense as an avalible gun?
     
  9. Hunter0924

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    I like the Redhawk a lot but to me the Blackhawk has the coolness factor.
    Either way you could not go wrong but I really like the single action.
    Picture038-1.jpg
     
  10. nicholst55

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    I have both. For ultra-heavy loads, I prefer the Redhawk. While the Blackhawk is built like a tractor, the Redhawk is built like a tank.
     
  11. HM2PAC

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    Ben asked:
    I bow hunt. I would also plan on having it around as a primary weapon when out in the woods, fishing, hiking......

    I'm not adverse to the Bisley. Basically, any revolver that is going to stand up to the 45Colt +p loadings is what I am willing to consider.
     
  12. MountainBear

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    .45 long colt just belongs in a single action...

    --Robert
     
  13. Snapping Twig

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    Another vote for a Bisley.
     
  14. JustsayMo

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    For belt carry I prefer my Blackhawk.

    Pretty hard to go wrong with which ever you pick. Get a good holster, if you hike/hunt with a pack you might consider one that will work while wearing it.
     
  15. Ben Shepherd

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    HM2PAC, for your intended use I'll jump on the wagon with reccomending a bisley grip single action.

    It's perfect: Both classy and correct.
     
  16. HM2PAC

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    Will the new Bisley handle the +p loads that I seek to put through it?
     
  17. un_lucky

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    The double action trigger on the redhawk is usually very heavy and rough IMO. I think you'll end up using either one single action.
     
  18. weisse52

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    Ruger SA....No matter which one.

    The .45 Colt / .45 ACP is a great option. Just saw one at a local store and really considered taking it home.
     
  19. HM2PAC

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    Weisse52 wrote:
    Yeah, that one really got my attention. I can reload 45ACP really cheap.

    If that revolver will tolerate the +P loads then I may lean that way.
     
  20. huntershooter

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    HM2: Yes the Bisley will handle +P .45 Colt.
    Suggest you Google and read John Linebaughs article(s) on same.
     
  21. freefall

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    Bisley handles very nicely. Do they make it in stainless now? Smaller .45 Blackhawk (not super) grip frame is just SO nice to carry.
     
  22. HM2PAC

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    On the BlackHawk, I am vacillating btwn the 4 5/8" and the 5 1/2".

    Any significant difference in velocity when talking about +/- 7/8" ?
     
  23. foghornl

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    If you are going to use this as a hunting revolver, the barrel length might make a huge difference to the Game-N-Fish Guys.

    Ohio REQUIRES a minimum 5" barrrel length for modern handgun deer hunting.
     
  24. zxcvbob

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    Bisley is the preferred model for shooting zombie-stomper loads. (IMHO, the New Vaquero is the preferred model if you're willing to limit it to normal pressure or up to about 18000 or 20000 psi)

    CAUTION: The following load data is beyond currently published maximums for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.
    I've been shooting 16.5 grains of Blue Dot in mine lately with 255 grain cast bullets. That's a max charge in a .44 Magnum using a lighter bullet, but it still has at least .5 grains of headroom left in the .45.
     
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  25. Water-Man

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    For hunting, I'd go with the Bisley 7 1/2" barrel.
     
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