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    Default New (to me) 357 reolver, Ruger Redhawk

    Have been looking for a 357 revolver. The g/f has a 686, 6 inch barrel I liked. Had been looking for a 4 or 5 inch S&W or Ruger GP, with a Taurus being another possibility.
    Acquired a Ruger Redhawk this week. 5 in. barrel. Considerably heavier pistol than the 686. Shot it and the 686 today. Didn't seem like much difference shooting 38s, but noticeably different with the 357 mags. Here's a pic, 686 on top and ruger on bottom:


    Not too many Redhawks in 357 on the internet. I think the gun has some collector value.
    Looking for advice on cleaning and lubing. Just got done clean and lube both and used Hoppes 9 and CLP lube.
    Where is the serial number on Redhawks? Also thinking it could use a trigger job. Figure I can do that myself if I know where to buy the parts/kit, etc. Where can a neophyte get a trigger kit?
    Thanks for any help!
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    Serial number should be on the bottom of the grip frame. Used to have the GP100 version of that gun... I lube any moving parts, no different than a single action, and always keep a drop of heavier oil on gas ring and ratchet same as a single action too. Can't speak to a trigger kit.
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    Nice revolver...I like Redhawks a great deal.

    If you want to try a DIY trigger job, just drop in a Wolff spring kit. It will run about 20 bucks. Otherwise a decent gunsmith will likely be a better option.

    It's been a while since I've shopped for that kind of work, but Teddy Jacobson used to be one of the best around. Back in the day, most gunsmiths could do a reasonable trigger job on a revolver- not so sure about that anymore since revolvers have fallen from popularity to a large degree.
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    Be careful with lighter a lighter spring in the Redhawk. You take the chance of a light primer strike.
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    Here's how you do a trigger job on a Redhawk


    http://singleactions.proboards.com/t...edhawk-trigger
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    Congratulations, you've acquired a much sought after pistol but I've always considered the Redhawks at the upper edge of weight I'd like to carry in .357 caliber. I much prefer my S&W 27s, sometimes they even feel heavy after a long day in the timber.
    Enjoy your fine revolver. Funny how those rubber maids(Pachmyrs) no body likes seem to end up on Redhawks?
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    I have the 7.5 inch version. Sweet shooting revolver. They were only offered in .357 for the first few years.
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    I just traded into my second rather unique Redhawk myself a .41 Hunter model

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.B. View Post
    I just traded into my second rather unique Redhawk myself a .41 Hunter model

    Steve
    With lighter bullets the 41 makes deer just as dead as a 44. I'm a big fan of the 41mag.

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