Another 454 Redhawk is born! Thanks to Snyd for posting on how easy this is to do. I found a new satin stainless finish 454 super redhawk with 9 ½ inch barrel for a good price to get a cylinder. I did have to do a little stoning on the pawl on the redhawk, but not much. Everything lines up and timing is right.
I havenít got it to the range yet, however, have loaded up some 355 gr and 405 gr hardcast from beartooth bullets in casull cases. I have already shot some of these in 45 colt cases, but am trying a little more powder for casull.
I believe Snyd found up to 435gr bullet worked fine in his 454 Redhawk. This would be only for short range bear protection while backpacking and fishing in Montana and Alaska. I might try finding a heavier bullet, maybe a .458 diameter that I could size down to .454, however, it would need to be no longer than about 1.05-1.07 inches to get enough powder in the case according to my calculations.
As I posted in another thread, I put a taller front sight blade on the redhawk that is made for a 45Colt Blackhawk, turns out it is the right height. I can adjust the rear sight to shoot heavy or light loads without hitting the bottom or top of adjustment.
I have the Nill Griffe wood grips on this redhawk as well as on my 5.5 inch 45 Colt redhawk (again thanks to Snyd for posting about these). I find these grips work really well for heavy loads and they look great. The bantam hogue rubber grips, while they fit my hand, donít allow the grip to slide like the wood and so the recoil I feel is harder. I also develop blisters with the rubber if I shoot more than a few loads.
If anybody is looking for a super redhawk frame with everything except the cylinder send me a PM, I am looking to sell it.