In a 44 magnum revolver, you may safely shoot 44 Rem Mag or 44 S&W Special ammo. Using 44 Special is comparable to shooting 38 Special ammo in a 357 mag, with the caveat that 38 Special ammo is far more readily available than is 44 Special ammo.
Redhawk trigger pull in a word: terrible. It's something a shooter can get used to, but it ain't good. 'Nuff said.
The Ruger Redhawk is a six-shot double action revolver which has been chambered for a variety of cartridges, with the 44 Remington Magnum being the most popular by far. Factory barrel lengths were 5.5 and 7.5 inches. Front sights are easily replaceable and rear sights are adjustable for windage and elevation.
The blued steel Redhawk was introduced in 1979 and discontinued around 2005, but stainless versions continue to be manufactured.
The Redhawk is a solid gun, and is considered by some to be as strong a double action 44 magnum as you can get. Basic disassembly can be accomplished with few tools, and one of them is a pin provided by the factory.
The Redhawk in 44 magnum is known to provide good accuracy and is usually dependable. When chambered for 45 Colt, Redhawk accuracy may be poor.
In the right hands, the Ruger Redhawk 44 is suitable for hunting big game and is not a bad choice as a backup gun when hunting/hiking in the presence of dangerous game. While it's on the large side for self-defense, it will certainly take down an assailant. You might want to consider frangible bullets and/or 44 Special ammo if you use it for home defense, to reduce the likelihood of the big heavy slugs punching through walls and injuring bystanders.
- Russ Chastain