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Readers Respond: What do You Think of The Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum Double Action Revolver?

Responses: 18


The Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum revolver has been around for more than three decades, and doesn't look like it will go away anytime soon. Have you used one? Did you think it was tough? How was the trigger? Was it reliable? Accurate? How did you use it (hunting/target/self defense)? Do not ask a question or expect a reply! I cannot reply to you here. Please post in the forum if you have a question.

Ruger Redhawk

I have a Ruger Redhawk in 41 mag with 7 1/2 inch barrel. Very accurate and the action is smooth. It may have been worked on since I bought it used. I replaced the stock grips with Pachmayrs and this was a big improvement. Based on my experience I highly recommend the Redhawk.
—Guest Glenn923

Love My Redhawk

I carry my 5.5 inch Redhawk on every hunting, fishing, snowshoe, and rafting trip I go on here in AK - no exceptions. The CCI Stinger shot shells are awesome for grouse and bunnies, but a bit expensive. I've also used it for blacktail deer and will be using it this spring for black bear. The Buffalo Bore website lists the Redhawk by name as one of the revolvers rated for the 340+P ammo. I shoot my Redhawk constantly and I guess that makes me a Redhawk lover.
—Guest jim

A Magnificent Brute

I've owned my 7.5 inch Redhawk for going on 20 years. Dirty Harry's 44 is is pretty, like Clint Eastwood in his youth. My Redhawk is plenty handsome if not a prettyboy. The Redhawk is a tool you can ask a lot of. It is tough; some say overbuilt. The original grips are a joke. The trigger pull is too heavy. If you are smart you'll get it magna-ported. But I love this gun. It shoots straighter than I can and shoots every brand and configuration of ammo I've ever fed it. If you drive a pick-up, wear 5 buckle galoshes over work boots, eat chicken-fried steak and don't give a dang about cholesterol, then the Redhawk is your gun.
—Guest DMVDV

Ruger 44 Super Redhawk

I bought my Redhawk about 30 years ago, in stainless steel with the 7 1/2" barrel. I did replace the wooden grips with Pachmayr grips and they are much better at gripping the gun. I have never tested that gun for accuracy. It can be fired with one hand; one just has to get used to it. Of course, using 44 special ammo will reduce recoil and still have plenty of power. I also have the stainless steel rings and scope. Nice gun.
—Guest Juan C Placencia

So, Which Grips?

You wrote the most practical grips are plain ol' Pachmayr grips without finger grooves. Are maybe the one in the photo? [As I said in the article, the grips shown are Butler Creek brand. The grips I like best for the Redhawk are Pachmayr, made in the style they call the Presentation Grip. - RC]
—Guest t bone

Find one That's Been Overhauled

One recommendation is to be patient and find a Redhawk previously worked over and customized. I'm amazed how many people don't look for revolvers that a previous owner spent lots of money on to customize. same concept as an old car, motorcycle, etc. People never get the money back out of it when they go to sell it, and you've got a gem. I have a such a Redhawk, and without boring you with all the modifications, it cost me no more than a new bone stock one would have. Aside from grip angle, if that's an issue you have, you can find these guns minus every complaint I've read here. Don't be afraid to explore that customized revolver under the glass, you'd be amazed what you can get for your money.
—Guest Trent

Great Article on the big 44 Mag Ruger!

Great article! I've owned one of these "monsters" and believe me they are massive and ultra-strong. I just wish Ruger had made them with 5 shot cylinders instead of 6, to allow owners to use those ultra powerful 44 mag hunting loads put out by Garrett's and Buffalo Bore. Buffalo Bore's 340 grain ammo produces nearly 1700 ft/lbs of energy! This puts the 44 above the 480 Ruger in power, some 454 Casull loads, and the 50 AE. The big Redhawk is perfect for these monster ammo loads! No other handgun cartridge does anything as well as the famous .44 Mag! The big Ruger just makes it that much better! Now do an article on the massive Super Redhawk! Thanks guys!!!
—Guest larry e. hardin


Big, heavy, and accurate... worth the money. Mine was a bit clunky but got the job done well.
—Guest douglas2712

Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum

Have had mine, a 7 1/2 inch blued version, since 2001. Already fired more that 2000 rounds. It is a matter of getting used to both the double action and single action pulls to get consistent accuracy.
—Guest nrramos88

The Shorter, the Better

Had a 7.5 inch SS Redhawk in the early 90s. Changed the grips and had a trigger job done. Sweet! Just too big and heavy for me. I now have a 5.5" SS Redhawk that I have not yet changed the grips on, which came with a good trigger (both SA/DA). I have not pushed the 44 in this revolver and will change the grips when I run across a set. There is a big difference on how the two guns feel. The 5.5" balances, carries and swings so much better than the 7.5". I want to get my hands on a 4" now to see how well it handles. My needs are plinking, deer, hogs, and hiking. Trigger is now just a spring swap with Wolff springs, grips are easy to change and for me the shorter barrel means better handling and carry.
—Guest sb

Mine's Great

You must have gotten a bummer, cause mine's great. Clean, crisp and highly accurate. Double action or single action; it doesn't matter. It's a wonderful gun to shoot.
—Guest der64

When Ruger speaks

I like my Redhawk just fine. The nine and a half inch barrel is very reliable for putting the lead where you want it to go. I have had only one experience with the Smith and Wesson variety and admit that it is probably a sweeter shooter but my Ruger won for accuracy that day. The S&W had a five and half inch barrel so it really was not a fair contest I guess. It felt pretty good to outshoot someone who was actually a better shot than myself simply because of the hardware I had. All guns have their place in this world and I suppose one's expectations will change in direct ratio to their shooting ability. As of yet though I am shooting with beginners and it's kind of fun to hear them comment on the results Ruger offers on the firing line. Even for a beginner such as myself.
—Guest Brian M

Ruger Redhawk 44 Mag

I have a 4" Redhawk that was new in 2008. The trigger pulls have been improved dramatically. DA is now as good as anything available out of the box. It's not just me I've read several magazine reviews saying the same thing. SA is as good as my S&W 686. It's an all round great gun, I personally like the extra strength and heft, knowing it will last several lifetimes and can easily handle the hottest loads if needed. IMO the Redhawk is a fine revolver that is much maligned by many who've had little experience of them and/or think that Smith and Wesson is the only game in town. I have both, both have merits, but to just dismiss the Redhawk out of hand as some third rate wanabee is a big mistake.
—Guest Nick444


I have owned a Redhawk for about ten years and because of brain surgery have not hunted. Now it's time to get back to hunting, so out comes my Redhawk. I had it modified when I got it: had the barrel replaced with the one fitted with factory scope rings, and Mag-na-ported; also replaced the factory grips with rubber grips. I fired it then, and liked it. Now I want to go whitetail hunting with my Redhawk. I plan to sight in my scope and hopefully get a deer this season. Norb P.S. I am taking my Thompson Contender 7-30 Waters along to try it out, too.
—Guest Norb

No Excuse

Back when the Redhawk was introduced (remember the term Super Redhawk?), it was brought out to compete with the only other double action 44 mag on the market, and the only reason it made it was the cost difference. At the time I was selling equal numbers of the Ruger and the S&W. But you would think that in the following thirty years, they would have changed the grip angle, added decently designed grips, lightened the barrel shroud to improve the balance, added blued stainless to the line, and improved the trigger pull right from the factory (they could have contracted with Wolf for a spring set on that one). The only reason this piece has enjoyed the following it has is due to MASSIVE overkill on strength in the cylinder and frame, even in areas where it isn't needed. It started life as a heavyweight contender because it was priced well below an exceedingly overpriced champion. Now it's the one that is way overpriced, unless of course you intend to tear it apart for a wildcat.
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