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Old 03-07-2011, 04:34 PM
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Default Ruger Redhawk .45 Colt with the 4.2" Barrel

Picked up an interesting Redhawk in .45 Colt. Interesting, due to it's barrel length at 4.2 inches.

By. going to 4.2" they are at the maximum length allowed for revolvers in IDPA and secondly they can export the guns into Canada. Ruger revolvers are quite popular up there for wilderness carry and now for shooting IDPA.

So Ruger is willing to go an extra 2 tenths of an inch for our Canadian brethren...

Thus, no longer making the gun Massachusetts compliant.

Go figure.

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Old 03-07-2011, 07:04 PM
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I really like that gun and almost bought one but a SW M 25 Mt gun came in also so I got that. Almost wish I bought the Ruger as it is Stainless which I like and can handle a bit heavier loads. I am sure you will really enjoy it!
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:32 PM
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A friend and I each ordered a 5.5" .45 Colt SS RH from our local pusher. I already had my first DA revolver, an early 7.5" .454 SRH, and my first S&W - a 625MG in .45 Colt. I picked my RH up seven years ago this Friday. I was on the phone the next AM to Ruger - on my dime - but, when they looked the s/n up, they said they'd send me a pre-paid return label - a la S&W - a first for them. The problems I found included a horrid and binding hammer/trigger and, the clincher, burst casting bubbles/flaws between the chamber exits on the cylinder face! It came back a month later with new hammer, trigger, lockwork, cylinder release, and cylinder - and a 'trigger job' for my troubles.

Operationally, it has a long DA trigger pull. When pulled slowly, ftf's occured - and I reload with Federal primers. It's ejector rod drooped more than the SRH's - and easily skipped over a rim or two, trapping them - and requiring three hands to complete a reload. The 625MG never jammed... and never produced a ftf. One day it dawned on me - I had traded away the SRH - clearly, a more dependable, if a tad uglier, revolver. Thus, I sold the RH - and traded a SS Bisley in .45 Colt for another 625MG in .45 Colt - bliss! Three years ago in May, my metamorphosis was complete - Rugers all gone - nothing but, admittedly fewer, S&W revolvers now.

Oh - my friend's .45 RH? Sadly, it wouldn't dryfire six times without opening the cylinder to 'unstick' it. His went back a few days after mine - he got a new RH - his frame was warped! He sold it within a few months. Ruger dumped the 5.5" RH's after that - CDNN had them 'on closeout'. Soon - the 4.2" .45 Colt RH was introduced - with a rubber grip (I liked the wood!) - reportedly with better QC - and a better trigger. I'll bet the chamber to chamber wall thickness is still less than the 625 - and the S&W is hammer forged and heat treated - the Ruger is cast. No matter here - I shoot SAAMI spec loads for .45 Colt. I had a .454 Casull for years - got the big thumper desires out of my system.

I hope the OP has great luck with his new RH - but I bet he'd be happier with a 625MG... what a little jewel! Hey, what'd you expect? It may be the Lounge - but it's in the S&W Forums!

Seriously, good luck!


PS Good news - your RH will take the same HKS #25-5 speedloaders that fit the .45 Colt S&W 25 & 625 (Don't get the #25 - it's wide spaced tines are for the thick rimmed .45 Auto Rims!).
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:45 PM
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One of my hunting buddies bought one a couple of months ago and loves his.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:17 AM
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I have put the Wolff light spring kit in mine, (a single coil spring under the grip) and used TW25 on the trigger parts. It's a big improvement, and still reliable.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:56 AM
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I guess I was lucky!. My .45 Colt came with a trigger that is as good as my PC 625 .45 ACP. And it will run loads with ease that I would never put in my old Mtn Gun.
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