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Old 07-01-2012, 17:29   #1
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Redhawk, Super Redhawk, and Blackhawk!

First I want to thank Nastytrigger for starting the Hard Hitting Revolver thread. Couldn't have come at a better time because I've been hit hard with the bug for a "big" revolver. Since I have and love a GP100 in stainless with a 6" barrel .357 cal, I'm partial to Ruger. I think I'm looking for a .44 mag. and I'm pretty sure I'd like a Redhawk in stainless with a 5.5" barrel. But what do Super Redhawks have that Redhawks don't? Doesn't look like the Supers come with 5.5 inch barrels, right? Pretty sure I don't want a single action, but what makes the Blackhawk so popular? Looking forward to all your comments! Thanks
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Old 07-01-2012, 18:18   #2
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Single action guns are generally, very robust, and recoil straight back, so they're comfortable to shoot.


I own a S&W Alaskan mountain gun, and a Dan Wesson SA/DA and a Blackhawk in 44 mag. While the Dan Wesson is the most accurate, the Blachawk is the most fun to shoot, and most likely one for me to grab.
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Old 07-01-2012, 18:53   #3
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SuperRedhawk has an extended frame and a different lower receiver.

As far as what makes a Blackhawk/SuperBlackhawk popular, hell, easy answer - the price.
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Old 07-01-2012, 18:56   #4
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But what do Super Redhawks have that Redhawks don't?
Hideously ugly looks

The Super Redhawk is one of the ugliest revolvers built today, in my opinion.
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Old 07-01-2012, 18:58   #5
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Blackhawks are popular because of the build quality, strength, and good price.
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Old 07-01-2012, 19:05   #6
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I had a Super Redhawk that I sold for much more than I paid for it. The Supers come with 7.5 or 9.5 inch barrels. Mine had the 9.5

Great gun but I just didn't shoot it enough to justify keeping it around.

Even with the 9.5 inch barrel and stainless steel frame it had quite a recoil You definitely knew you were shooting a .44 magnum!!!!

.357 magnum is the most I will do in a revolver now. Everything else is just useless to me since I don't hunt.

Good luck in your search.


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Old 07-01-2012, 21:15   #7
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Fifteen years ago, I literally wrecked two of my 44 mag S&W M29s with heavy loads of H110. Bought a Redhawk thinking it would be different. Well, it lasted a little longer than the S&Ws, but still couldn't hack it. The Blackhawk I bought way back in the 1980's is still going strong. And the classic single action grip on the Blackhawk is much more comfortable to shoot than most modern designs. The pistol rotates in your hand instead of coming straight back at you.
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Old 07-01-2012, 21:36   #8
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Hideously ugly looks

The Super Redhawk is one of the ugliest revolvers built today, in my opinion.
I don't know what they were thinking when they designed that gun it is absolutely revolting.

personally I think the super blackhawk hunter in stainless with a 7.5" barrel is the nicest looking revolver Ruger makes.
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Old 07-01-2012, 21:46   #10
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I have owned a pile of all the ones mentioned. My 'go to gun' is the old style Redhawk with the 5.5 barrel in .44 magnum. It is also stainless. i have killed a pile of animals with the Super Blackhawk, but the Redhawk is my favorite. I have other big bore revolvers in larger calibers, and sometimes pack them, but that Redhawk is the one that gets outa the house the most.
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Old 07-01-2012, 21:55   #11
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Well no one has ever accused Ruger of making beautiful guns, but the things are tanks
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:18   #12
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Hideously ugly looks

The Super Redhawk is one of the ugliest revolvers built today, in my opinion.

This is the only reason I don't own one. I do not like the look for the Super Redhawk. It's the ugly wheel gun.


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I don't know what they were thinking when they designed that gun it is absolutely revolting.

personally I think the super blackhawk hunter in stainless with a 7.5" barrel is the nicest looking revolver Ruger makes.
This is the gun I will buy, the Ruger Bisley stainless Hunter 44mag! Now that is a nice looking SA revolver!
I like the feel of the Bisley grip design, very comfortable.
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Well no one has ever accused Ruger of making beautiful guns, but the things are tanks
They certainly are strong.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:33   #15
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Very nice, Greg.

I love my Super Blackhawk as well.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:52   #16
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SRH, 4" barrel, Magnaported, muzzle crowned and a trigger job. It is a tank.

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Old 07-02-2012, 09:53   #17
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How Much would a super black hawk go for indecent shape? There is one in local gun shop on Sale for around 500 its, little dusty. Or should I wait I Mark
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How Much would a super black hawk go for indecent shape? There is one in local gun shop on Sale for around 500 its, little dusty. Or should I wait I Mark
That sounds slightly high to me.
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The SRH ugly??? You've got to be kidding! The SRH is one damn sexy mutha!!!! You guy smust have some weird tastes.

My primary hunting weapon; scoped Super Redhawk in .44 Mag
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Also for use when carrying a rifle; Blackhawk in .357 Mag
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I had to.

Nice set of Rugers otherwise...
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Very nice, Greg.

I love my Super Blackhawk as well.
Thanks Brian......wish the trigger was as good as the '67 Single Six.
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If you want to pack a svelt, powerful revolver, go with a SBH. If you go with a RH you're going to be adding noticeable bulk (but again, it's a personal preference thing).

If you go SRH, you're going to be adding significantly more bulk and weight. If all you do is go from the truck to the range no biggie, but packing it in the woods will take its toll depending on your physique and endurance.

Also bear in mind (if you're not familiar), the SBH, "peacemaker" style single action frame is usually much more comfortable to shoot in powerful loadings since the grip shape lends itself to rolling upward on discharge.

The more palm filling RH and SRH transmit more of that straight back into the palm. That can get wearying with long strings in powerful loadings.

Good luck on your decision.
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Pic with a .45 BH and .454 SRH on left.

After handling the SRH for a while, going back to the BH is like handling a pocket pistol!

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I had to.

Nice set of Rugers otherwise...
LOL....for the record, I did NOT put on those grips. They came with the gun. Traded a case of .40cal FMJ ammo I had laying around for it.
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