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Posted: July 13 2018 at 1:18pm | IP Logged Quote LAH

Buffalogun wrote:
I couldn't hit the ground with it.

Mike


Love the way you put that.

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John P. wrote:
Rugers are decent firearms; although, like many manufacturers, tend to
require some tweaking.

My first .44 Magnum was a used new model SBH that I bought in 1986.
The Ruger shot terrible, so I traded it for something else. I am sure tight
cylinder throats were the problem. I picked up another SBH with a 4 5/8
inch barrel. This one shoots great especially with cast lead bullets.

My latest Ruger is their Redhawk in .45 Colt/.45 ACP that I picked up a
few weeks ago. So far so good with this one. I shot a bunch of mixed
factory .45 ACP that were given to me. I did get some light hits on
double action with a box of very old Remington 230 grain FMJ. I
suspect there was an issue with the moonclips and the rim thickness on
the old brass. Everything else shot fine. Last weekend I ran my favorite
.45 Colt load in the Ruger - 9 grains Unique and a 255 gr. cast RNFP.
The Redhawk shot good. I was able to keep everything tight and well
centered in paper plates at 15 yards while shooting two hands standing
both DA and SA. Not a huge feat, but it gives me a general idea that
the Ruger shoots good. Hopefully if I get the time, I will work with the
Redhawk a little more this weekend.


I want one of those real bad, just can't let go of the money right now.
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Posted: July 14 2018 at 5:30am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

I found that I could shoot my Redhawk as well double action as single action.

After shooting a number of different striker fired autos, and working on learning the trigger, my double action revolver shooting has improved.
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Posted: July 14 2018 at 2:05pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

I have a few .44 Mags and a few .45 Colts, all Colt SAA's except the
Ruger Bisley. I plan on working up some loads using John Linebaugh's
data. That'll mean investing in a new mold and having my gunsmith put
a higher front sight on the gun. Take it along on my next elk hunt and if
the opportunity arises, well you can guess the rest.
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Posted: July 14 2018 at 3:32pm | IP Logged Quote John P.

Abram:

I know exactly what you mean. I waited since they came out, and finally
got one. Every time I thought I had the cash, it was needed for
something else.   Hope you get one soon!
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Posted: July 15 2018 at 4:57am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

The Redhawks, are definitely not in the "economy" price range. The best price I have seen for the .45/.45 is $799.

The new GP 100 in .44 Spl., sounds interesting.

Too bad that the Redhawk .357 is out of print. John K has some loads in the load data section for the 358429 bullet at 1500 fps+ from his Redhawk .357.

If you plug that load into the Ballistic Calculator, it has almost the same energy at 1000 yards, that the .38 spl does at the muzzle.
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Posted: July 15 2018 at 10:17am | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Lynn,
I'm not a very good shot with a handgun, but even I was impressed with the inaccuracy of that 586. It plain hurt my feelings!


John,
Ruger's website shows three Redhawk revolvers chambered in .357 Magnum.


Mike

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Posted: July 15 2018 at 11:28am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Mike

I haven't looked at the Ruger site for a while, that is good news. In reality a heavily loaded .357 using the old standard Keith bullet retains it's energy better than the standard 240 grn. .44 mag. load. And is a bit easier to shoot.

If you have read my posts over an length of time it is obvious that I am somewhat partial to the little .35 magnum..

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Posted: July 16 2018 at 11:57am | IP Logged Quote LAH

Buffalogun wrote:
John,
Ruger's website shows three Redhawk revolvers chambered in
.357 Magnum.


Mike


That they do & even a video.



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Posted: July 17 2018 at 5:53am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

I have had a couple GP 100, one I still have, and the other I gave to my son. I refer to those as "L" frame Rugers. A couple of advantages they have over the S&W of the same size, is the massive Ruger top strap, and the fact that the cylinder stop notches are cut a bit off of "top dead center".

I really think that if one is looking for a powerful hand gun in a smaller package the 5 shot GP 100 in .44 spl. should work.

I had for a shot time back in 2000 a Rossi 5 shot .44spl. a nicely done little gun, but kind of a hand full with upper end .44 spl loads.
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Posted: July 17 2018 at 10:31am | IP Logged Quote REM1875

Got to wonder about that GP-100 in 10 MM.

What I am wonder is if I should behave for a couple of
months so the wife let's me get one ???

Big damned difference between that GP-100 and the SP-101...
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Posted: July 17 2018 at 4:00pm | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

10mm or .44Spl.. actually kind of a tough choice, you have a better selection of bullets for the .44, but factory ammo might be easier to find for the 10mm, and with 1/2 moon clips you could shoot .40 S&W, which is pretty easy to find. I looked at MSRP and they are not cheap.

And..! the 10 gives you one more shot..
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