Shooting Sports USA - April 2018 - 16
A simple grip
the Redhawk a very
The eight-shot Redhawk .357 is built on the
standard Redhawk frame, with a square butt
grip. Constructed from stainless steel, with a
satin finish, it features an unfluted cylinder.
The heavy barrel is 5.5-inches (1:18.75;
right-hand twist with 5-groove rifling) with
a match crown, and a half underlug housing
the ejector rod. The front sight is a red
ramp dovetailed into the barrel, allowing
for easy replacement for those who don't
favor a red ramp. The rear sight is Ruger's
fully-adjustable model, with a white outline
rear blade. The trigger is nicely-radiused
for double action work. The grip panels are
slender, uncheckered hardwood that match
the grip frame contours.
Of note to competitive shooters who
require fast reloads, the cylinder is cut for
moon clips and three are supplied with the
gun, although the gun will function just fine
without them. Additional clips are available
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from Ruger. My tests with S&W
627 moon clips holding fired
Short Colt cases indicate that it will
not accept 627 moon clips.
It's a robust gun, with an empty weight
of 49 ounces and an overall length of 11 inches.
The single action pull measured 6.6-pounds
on my digital trigger gauge and the double
action pull exceed the gauge's 12-pound
limit. An "educated guess" would put it in the
14-pound range, although it was extremely
smooth. That's heavy for a competition
revolver, but Wolff offers an inexpensive
trigger spring kit that can lighten it up.
ON THE RANGE
Selecting test ammo for the Redhawk was
a bit more complicated than usual because
of the wide range of competitive roles it can
play. It's very much at home in USPSA, Steel
Challenge, and ICORE-although not a legal
gun for IDPA competition.
USPSA (where 8-shot Minor caliber
guns have come to rule Revolver Division)
requires a minimum 125 Power Factor (PF).
One of the few factory loads that makes the
125 PF is the Speer 158-grain Lawman +P
(140 PF), so I included that along with my
Bayou Bullet 135-grain RN 130 PF handload.
ICORE requires a 120 PF, and Federal's
158-grain LRN American Eagle, Aguila's
130-grain FMJ, and Remington's 158-grain LRN
Target Pistol/Revolver are legal loads there-
although they won't make 125 PF for USPSA.