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#3301352 - 07/24/13 10:31 PM Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk
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Registered: 10/26/01
Posts: 2829
Loc: smith county

My granpa gave it to me today. According to the Ruger website, it was made in 1980.Its a 44 mag. Can anyone recommend a hunting round for it and has anyone had any expierence with one of these?
#3301358 - 07/24/13 10:55 PM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: goose17]
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Registered: 02/14/00
Posts: 1475
Loc: Hendersonville , TN

Congratulations. I inherited my SuperRedHawk from my dad. I have a scope on mine but I am thinking of removing it and shooting with open sights. I like the Hornady 240 grain XTP's. They shoot well. Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either.

Keep your shots short until you shoot it some. Think bow range on deer. The gun will do much better but if this handgun hunting is new you probably cannot. Try to shoot some with cheaper ammo to learn trigger control and aiming. Then shoot the hunting ammo (more expensive) to get a good idea about it and adjust sights if you need to. Remember you cannot hunt with hardball ammo. So shop for a hollow or soft point bullet. Stick with a brand you trust. Play with some different brands and weight bullets. The gun will often times tell you which one it wants to hunt with.

Have fun.
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#3301416 - 07/25/13 04:51 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: Hoss]
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3131
Loc: Rhea Co., TN

Don't overlook haevy hardcast boolits. You already have a .429 diameter, you don't really need expansion.
#3301447 - 07/25/13 06:19 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: EastTNHunter]
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Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 4764
Loc: Shelby County

Go Ahead.

Make your day

#3301463 - 07/25/13 06:53 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: DaveB]
mountain man 71
10 Point

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 2683
Loc: Talbott Tn.

I love my redhawk hard to beat a ruger.
#3301466 - 07/25/13 06:56 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: mountain man 71]
Hillbilly Hunter
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 18075
Loc: Branchville

240 grain Hornady XTP and Aliant 2400 powder
...they never call me by my name, just Hillbilly...

#3301487 - 07/25/13 07:27 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
Hunter 257W
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Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

The Redhawk is arguably the strongest 44 magnum ever made. I've never liked the looks of it personally but it would be foolish to claim that it's anything less than an extremely well made gun. For deer hunting, I would go with a 240 or heavier bullet - not that a deer is such a tough animal - but because the lighter bullets are often designed more for self defense and are not so certain to give enough penetration for a raking shot. Any 240 grain bullet will work. Hoss is exactly right saying that practice and lots of it is important if you want to kill a deer with a handgun. They take about 10 times the effort to master as a rifle. I will freely admit that I have not spent near enough time to get good with a revolver myself. As Hoss said, i think of it at a powerful loud bow mainly because of my limitations with shooting shortening the revolvers range down to that of a bow.
#3301515 - 07/25/13 07:48 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: Hunter 257W]
16 Point

Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 11226
Loc: east tn

thats awesome
#3301548 - 07/25/13 08:01 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: DOC1187]
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Registered: 08/19/08
Posts: 3974

Nice gift
#3301585 - 07/25/13 08:38 AM Re: Just inherited a Ruger Redhawk [Re: REM7]
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 3395
Loc: Maury County, TN

My dad hunts with a Ruger 44 Mag carbine. I got him some Winchester supreme with Nosler Partition. They seem to do really well. Other than that it would be the Remington 240gr hollow point or Hornady 240gr XTP as mentioned above.
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