Ruger Super Redhawk

Description

The Ruger Super Redhawk is a large-frame double-action revolver chambered in .44 Mag. or .44 Special, and .45 Colt or .454 Casull. The Super Redhawk is very similar to the standard Redhawk, but it, of course, has a few modifications such as Hogue Tamer Monogrips, which are designed to reduce felt recoil, and the Super Redhawk also has a hammer-forged barrel, a process where a machine carefully pushes a mandrel through the bore to carve the rifling. This process is known to produce durable and accurate rifling.

The Super Redhawk features all-stainless steel construction and is available in barrel lengths of 7.5″, and 9.5″. The Super Redhawk Standard is equipped with an adjustable rear sight with a replaceable ramp front sight. Dual chambering allows .44 Magnum models to also accept .44 Special cartridges; .454 Casull chambering also accepts .45 Colt cartridges. Scope mounts are machined directly into the frame, and scope rings are included free of charge. And it has a transfer bar, which allows the hammer to indirectly strike the firing pin because the transfer bar absorbs the impact and then presses against the firing pin.

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Specifications

.44 Mag.
Caliber:.44 Mag.
.44 Special
Grip:Hogue Tamer Monogrips
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable rear sight and ramp front sight
Features:Triple-Locking cylinder; and transfer bar
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Scope:Integral scope mounts
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action
Website:http://www.ruger.com…
Weight:3.3125 pounds
3.625 pounds
Barrel Length:7.5"
9.5"
Twist:1 in 20"
Length:13"
15"
.454 Casull
Caliber:.45 Colt
.454 Casull
Grip:Hogue Tamer Monogrips
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable rear sight and ramp front sight
Features:Triple-Locking cylinder; and transfer bar
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Scope:Integral scope mounts
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action
Website:http://www.ruger.com…
Weight:3.3125 pounds
Barrel Length:7.5"
Twist:1 in 24"
Length:13"
MSRP$999.00

Editor Review

When I retired my rifle for a number of years to pursue handgun hunting, I looked at a variety of calibers and manufacturers. My search ultimately led me to settle upon the Ruger Super Redhawk. And for years, my Super Redhawk and I were inseparable in the field. 

To bring the devastating Redhawk handgun to life, Ruger used the GP100, a .357 magnum, concealed carry revolver, as a template. They basically kept the GP100’s trigger system and grips, but added a heavier frame, longer barrel, and integrated scope mounts (I mounted a Leuopold 3x scope on mine).



Besides the heavier frame and construction to aid in withstanding the powerful .44-magnum loads, the Redhawk features a triple locking cylinder – meaning the cylinder locks in the front, rear and bottom of the frame, so it doesn’t move when a round is fired. Similar to something like the Colt Snakes, to withstand the powerful cartridge Colt designed its revolvers with tighter tolerances to ensure safe and accurate results.

In the end, the large frame, double action, .44 magnum revolver with a 7.5-inch long barrel, felt like a rifle.

With the heavy stainless steel frame it weighed almost 3.5 pounds, so needless to say this is no light revolver to have to raise, sight and fire.  I used to call it my “man’s pistol” because with tongue-in-cheek humor of decades past you had to be a “real man” to do anything with this pistol.  Contrary to the bravado of the man’s pistol, I would take every opportunity to find a tree limb or fence rail to rest it on before I’d fire at any game.  It just made better sense and more accurate shot placement.

Although I was able to kill numerous sheep and deer, I developed this wild notion that eventually I’d hunt a bear with it, and even though I never did, but I was certain I could. There have been reports that a .44 magnum cartridge taking down cape buffalo, polar bear and even elephant.

I can honestly say that I never had a malfunction with or a complaint about my Super Redhawk. If you can handle the weight, the Super Redhawk is a very pleasant pistol to shoot.