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Old 06-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Default Ruger super redhawk .454

Can anyone school me on this gun and caliber? Besides the fact that the pistol is pure awesomeness. Interested in ballistics, load info, and performance. And no, I don't have one. The NSA, NDAA, and others have caused me to see the light and too sell off the few guns I once had. Now it's simply a fantasy hobby.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

just about to pick this up.... wait no im not... lol...
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

Nice! .454?
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

Yup 454.... 45 colt
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

Good deal. How much did that set you back? New/used?
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

A buddy of mine picked this one up for $300, interested to hear how it shoots.

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she is brand new and i got it for 800 at gun runners. they still have a few down their and you can do layaway as well that is how i got mine.
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

Good deal. That Toklat looks like a sweet setup. Have you seen Hickock45 on YouTube hit a target at 230 yards with iron sites on a 4" .44?
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:20 AM   #9
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

Ttt, I know someone on here knows something about this caliber...
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

.454 kicks like a mule, and they usually chamber in a .45LC as well which is nice. I prefer my .500 tho, just personal preference. I've had/have a few different redhawk/blackhawks in both .357 and .44 not a .454's yet.
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.454 Casull is the brainchild of D i c k? Casull, starting in the late 60's. Originally were triplex loads having three different powders which is relatively uncommon. Casull originally made his revolvers on Ruger Super Blackhawk frames using a custom 5 shot cylinder. I believe Freedom Arms had exclusive rights to manufacture revolvers for awhile, now they are made by Ruger, S&W and Taurus among others. I believe loads are available up to 350 grain bullets. BTDB is correct about the.45 Colt chambering, it is a similar relationship as a .44 Rem. Mag and .44 Special or .357 Rem. Mag and .38 Special. Ammunition and brass is pretty expensive, but what isn't? Good luck. HTH.

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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

You can also find it in a .460 which usually fits .460, .454 Casull, .45LC. I considered going that route instead of the .500, but I didn't want to wait, and got mine for $200 under MSRP at the time. Any of these are great choices.
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

Thanks for the replies. Do you or anyone you know hand load these? Curious how much one can push the pressure in a .454 redhawk past say Corbon/Buffalo Bore loads.
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i had heard that the .454 casull is too powerful for a marlin 1895 which is why there isn't any chambered in it.... not sure what that says exactly but if the 1895 can handle 500gr 45-70, then that .454 casull must be pretty potent.
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i had heard that the .454 casull is too powerful for a marlin 1895 which is why there isn't any chambered in it.... not sure what that says exactly but if the 1895 can handle 500gr 45-70, then that .454 casull must be pretty potent.
I haven't messed with reloading in a long time, but I believe there are major differences in the casing pressures and that may play a large roll in it.
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Default Re: Ruger super redhawk .454

I just picked up a .454 Toklat and can say it is a very manageable big bore. I have used stuff from 250g to 360g and they all kick more than a hot .44 but not bad for an average revolver shooter...but not a starter gun. These are offered in .480 as well if you can find one and want to commit to loading your own.

Hot .454 rounds can produce 1,800#s of energy moving at speeds of over 1,700fps...very potent. Good news is that these SRH revolvers are known to be of the strongest available and allow for hot load shooting without worry.
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Thanks for the replies. Do you or anyone you know hand load these? Curious how much one can push the pressure in a .454 redhawk past say Corbon/Buffalo Bore loads.
No need to go beyond the Corbon Hunter/Penetrator jacketed cast 360g offerings. These are stable, accurate, and absolutely effective for anything in North America right out of the box. Buffalo Bore does not load these to the max to cover their ***...most revolvers available aren't up to the abuse of the pressures in this caliber. Besides, any more recoil than the Corbon 360 would be stupid and impossible to follow-up within 2-3 seconds.
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