Some of you may remember about two weeks ago I referenced (in another thread) that I had bought a new 4 inch Redhawk a couple years back and that it would not reliably fire certain brands of primers in double action mode.
Well, a while back I took it to a local (Missoula) gun smith. He took one look at it and told me what was wrong. HE SAID HE HAD SEEN THIS MULTIPLE TIMES BEFORE IN REDHAWKS. The top/front of the hammer was hitting the frame too soon and not putting enough strike energy into the transfer bar. The fix? Simple, just remove about .020 inch from the front/top of the hammer so it would hit the frame just a little less and the transfer bar just a little more. I tested the gun today (after he made the aforementioned repair) and it now fires every thing I run through it in DA mode. I can only imagine some person getting my ammo and firing it in this gun, only to have half of the loads not fire, of course the problem would be that the ammo is "a bad batch".............. Just thought I'd report this little developement here. This sorta makes me wonder if the many Super Red Hawks in 454, that have problems firing that small rifle primer, would benefit from having about .020 inch removed from the front of the hammer where it contacts the frame when fired???
As a side note, I bought three new Rem. 870 "Tactical" models and just got around to firng them today. One shoots several brands of slugs three inches to the right at 20 yards, one shoots the same brands of slugs three inches low at 20 yards and one shoots the slugs right on at 20 yards. I've long since learned that wherever point of impact with slugs is, the center of your shot pattern will be. ANy way, that's only ONE IN THREE brand new Remington "Tactical" shot guns that I don't need to tweak to get them right.............and it's not the ammo:-)
Thought this information might be useful.