.45 colt Ruger Redhawk
80 rounds – 200gr Magtech Cowboy loads
20 round – 225gr Winchester Silvertips
I will start off by saying that I am a huge revolver fan and a huge .45colt fan also. When I first heard about this gun being offered I anxiously awaited it’s availability. I went ahead and ordered one sight unseen without having ever fired it. As soon as one became available I rushed to my dealer and picked it up.
I like the looks of this gun. I did not care for the large rubber Hogue grips that it came with so I switched them out with standard wood Redhawk grips. Other than that I think it is a very classic look and a handsome gun. I am not a fan of Ruger’s blocky hammers but I can live with that.
It is an all stainless steel gun so it has some heft to it.
This a revolver so features are not a big list. This gun does have nice sights and if you like rubber grips, the included Hogue ones are very nice and comfortable. The full metal grip frame is also nice. I do not like the tang style grip frames on many Rugers.
The trigger is a standard DA/SA configuration.
FIT & FINISH:
One thing I will say for Ruger is that they know how to put a beefy, large caliber revolver together. The gun is a tank. It is over engineered if anything and is one rugged gun. The tolerances are also near perfect. The gun is very nicely fit and painstakingly finished. The gun has a very smooth and even look and feel.
The gun suffers a bit in my hands in this category. It just does not feel right to me. The balance feels wrong. It is like I have to hold the grip to tightly to control the weight of the gun. it almost feels like the body of the gun is too big for the barrel (this is the 4″ version) and grips frame. For some reason, it feels less comfortable and larger in my hands than my other Redhawk…the Super Redhawk Alaskan (which is a very comfortable and naturally pointing snubbie .44mag revolver). The balance issue can easily be overcome with a good grip (it actually feels better one handed than two) and the feel is something I am sure I will get used to but this gun is just not a natural in my hand like my Vaqueros. Maybe I am picky, but I like a gun to “just feel right” the first time out.
As far as basic function, it is a typical Ruger. It functioned flawlessly and it was very accurate. I found that I was most accurate with it in SA with a one handed grip at ranges of 25-30 yards. This gun is easily capable of hitting 6″ steel spinners at a distance of 25 yards off-hand.
The SA trigger is very light and crisp and the DA trigger is very consistent and pretty smooth for a Ruger. A little work on the action and you would have a very nice trigger on this gun.
Recoil can be substantial from a .45colt firearm. In the case of this Redhawk it was no problem. With higher power loads the gun was manageable. With cowboy loads the gun was a pleasure to shoot. Recoil was similar to a .38spl out of a 4″ barreled gun.
I can’t really find any true flaws with the gun. They are all subjective ones. As I mentioned, the gun just feels like the body is too big for the grip frame and barrel. The balance is not right in my hand, and the gun is not a natural pointer for me.
I have mixed feelings on this one. I would not want to discourage anyone from buying one, but it is not an instant winner with me either and I would not give it glowing recommendations.
I much prefer the feel of my .45colt Vaqueros and Ubertis. If it wasn’t for the fact that this gun fills an odd niche, a DA/SA .45colt revolver, I would probably not keep it…but since it is a fairly rare platform I will hang on to it and see if I get used to it.
This gun is definitely not going to make my “favorites” list despite being a well made and solid functioning firearm. It was just not good fit for me.
Author: Playboypeguin over at the firingline wrote and authorized the posting of this content.