I handled one at the SHOT Show. It's a hoss! The one they had on display was the 454 Casull/45 Colt version. It will be interesting to see how the shooters in bear country accept it. From down here in Indian Territory, it makes my hands sore just to think about shooting it.
It's typical Ruger, built like a tank. The quality looks good, and the display model had a smooth (for Ruger) trigger. If you need a short range sledge hammer, I'd check this one out.
: Doesn't anyone want to carry a rifle anymore? It seems to me that even a .30-06 in a lightweight rifle would have better ballistics over longer ranges! A handgun is meant to be a back-up, just in case. 'course I'm one of those practicle type guys!
If that's what you want.......you're a better man than me! PLUS, us older guys need a scope,too.
I'm very interested in this revolver. It appears that Ruger has been watching the market demand for packable big bore defense guns and decided to cash in on it.
The concept behind the demand is that there are a lot of folks who go fishing/hiking in big bear country who find carrying a rifle inconvenient. I can understand that, having tried flycasting myself with a rifle slung over my offside shoulder. It makes casting very awkward, and playing/landing a big fish almost impossible. Hence a lot of Alaskan fishermen have gone to heavy handguns as bear medicine. The big single actions (.475 Linebaugh, .500 Linebaugh) have been criticized as being less reliable for fast use than a DA revolver, so custom revolver builders have been modifying the Redhawk.
Hamilton Bowen (bowenclassicarms.com) has been using the Redhawk as a platform for building his Alpine revolver, chambered in anything from .45 Colt up through .475 Linebaugh and .50 Action Express. This revolver will set you back a minimum of $1500 (but it's a Bowen, so it's worth it, IMHO). Ruger has obviously recognized the potential market, and is now providing a factory alternative more in line with the pocketbook of the average joe.
FWIW, I think the ported 4" version of S&W's .500 Magnum is probably a better choice. More powerful yet likely more controllable. Won't know for sure until I get one, of course, but I've got tentative plans to get my hands on one. Should be interesting.
Well sir, I wouldn't mind owning one... though I think I'd opt for a 4" blued model (just preference).
I have been wondering about lighter bullets (230-250gr) in the .454 Casull for regular self-defense.
I figure that, if speeds can be worked up with a soft point or hollowpoint bullet, we may actually be able to bring hydrostatic shock into play but with regular defensive handgun penetration- perhaps 14". We would no longer have to rely on a psychological stop but massive internal damage. I don't know if whether I'm dreaming though.
At any rate... I'm not a reloader and can only work in theory. To prevent digression of this post I will begin a new thread in "Caliber Discussion" should I press ahead with this idea.
I mean I wasnt pleased with the recoil of the .454 in my BFR Lil Max! It wasnt bad in my friends RedHqwk thoguh. However this thing is going t ohurt from both ends. But since its the "Alaskian" and Alaska still has things running around that cant can "scratchy- bitey- swalloy" hunters and hikers, it might be an option. You wouldnt feel it till the adrenaline subsided!
Hmmm maybe we need a new Diry Harry/Magnum force series of movies!Tht would be agood prop!