I also keep earplugs corded to my pack shoulder strap or the holster I am carrying so I can slip them in while hunting. I devoured Mark Hampton’s “Handgun Hunting”. This gun was designed as a last resort to be worn on a chest harness, in the (unlikely but possible) event you are attacked by a bear. The next big bore on the list for me is a 480 Ruger and it will very likely be a Super Redhawk. Unless I was hunting I’d prefer a good tailwind and a bell on my pack – its a lot lighter! While I always feel better with a good pistol on my side in the sticks, be it self shucker or wheelgun, I find such light weight long guns as the Rossi 92 16 inch carbine in .44 magnum far far easier to hit with (5.5 lbs .vs almost 3 lb.) I have always been drawn to the, cartridges as one that is often overlooked in favor of the, but has so much capability, especially for handloaders. The purpose of either gun would be personal defense (along with bear spray) in grizzly country. How about all of you? Practice is critical. The big 10 is snappy but it’s not a .44 4″ revolver. To even own a super Redhawk in 44 mag or 454 with anything less than a 7.5" bbl, prefer the 9.5. for hunting is silly and a waste of energy and range . I have the 454 alaskan and a couple of 45 colt's in the blackhawk's. bullet impacts about 3” low. A 480 Ruger Alaskan would have simplified this for me too but I'm not building one. She finished with a big smile on her face and was looking forward to shooting it again. All in all, this gun proved 100% reliable with all the ammo I tested it with.The trigger pull was smooth and the break was clean and easy. These pistols were used and abused in the salt air and went under water in the bay several times with the bare minimum of cleaning. So now you know I chose the 6 shot Ruger 454 with the 7 1/2 inch TALO Distributor Exclusive. That’s a hell of a comparison. Out of stock. Also, with those Hogue grips—and it’s a big beefy heavy gun—recoil is negligible, but it is LOUD. It’s not pretending to be a daily carry gun or a dedicated hunting tool. I have a RUGER Redhawk 44 mag iron sights that I bought in 1983 .wasn't till the mid 90s I took it hunting for Deer .what a blast ! I never saw barely used or any kinda used for less than $800, which is what I paid for mine in .44, “barely used.” The difference between these two is basically the same as the difference between .44 Mag and .44 Special or .357 Mag and .38 Special. Hello to all, I am going to pick up a Super Alaskan here soon and am conundrumed over the caliber I want. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. I quickly found that this isn’t a gun you’ll want to carry on your belt. They should be different. The principles of sighting and zeroing the Ultradot 30 scope are just like any other optic. What is your big bore revolver? The recoil on either is violent, but the muzzle flip on the Alaskan makes it much more painful in hand. Barrel Length: 2.5 inches Please note, this gun wasn’t designed to hunt anything or even defend yourself against a charging bear. I reload for both the .45 Colt and the .44 mag, but not the .454. I think when a bear is charging at you the recoil of the full power loads will be the least of your concerns. Wounded bear shooting distances in the jungles of SE Alaska was never vary far unless on the beach or in the muskeg and remember these are defensive tools of last resort. The Gen 1 model weights 4.1 oz. The beefy gun — especially with its Hoque rubber grips — soaks up nearly all the .45’s recoil and it’s downright enjoyable. That being said, if your hiking, camping or fishing in an area where you know you have a good chance of running into a bear forget the pistol and sling a shotgun with slugs or a 45-70 guide gun to shoulder. I’ve settled on two different bullets and three loads to play with. My time with it gave me a glimpse into what these authoritative and compact revolvers offer the modern adventurer and I have to say that I’m impressed. MSRP: $1,189 ($925 at Brownells). If I were headed into real bear country I would want this gun but with the 4 inch barrel. Handguns are a last-ditch tool for protection from big bears. With this carry option, I can cover the gun with rain gear or a jacket or I can adjust the harness and wear the holster on the outside of my clothing system depending on the weather. After all, when I was young and dumb I thought I wanted to become a big-game guide. But you can rest assured I’ll have my Toklat strapped on when we head into the wilderness this fall in search of the wily wapiti. “Flounder, don’t cry! I keep eyeing something in 480 but the options are limited (wish it was in a redhawk). Yes a bit heavier but hits count. Alaskan how does it measure up. Ruger managed to harness a truly powerful cartridge in this gun and it was a literal blast to shoot it as much as I did. The Toklat hits your entire hand, whereas you'll feel the entirety of the recoil in the Alaskan in the web of your thumb and index finger. If you’re the backup, then carry a .460 Weatherby Magnum or equivalent, 26″ barrel, and you’ll actually live through whatever is about to happen. All three carried (by different people) in the same environment at the same time. The pinned ramp-stule front sight and adjustable rear sight with its white outlined notch are excellent and provide a quick, sight picture. Recoil difference 480 Ruger vs 454 Casull 01-03-2008, 01:47. The 6 Shot R6-454 Speed Loader is made from solid billet aluminum. All post 2005, we’ve bought two Ruger New Vaquero Bisleys, a Blackhawk convertible, a Blackhawk Bisley Convertible, a Single Six convertible, a 3″ GP100, a 3″ Wiley Clapp GP100, a 10/22 Tactical and a 10/22 Takedown (won it from Ruger). Description: The Ruger Super Redhawk Toklat is now available here in Alaska, it features a target crowned five inch slab sided barrel with "Toklat" roll markings and comes fitted with standard red insert front sight and white outline square notch rear and a set of express sights, a V-notch rear and a gold bead front. Top Shooting Drills and Zeroing Targets worth $47 FREE - Limited Period Offer, Palmetto State Armory: PSA Gen 3 PA10 18" Mid-Length .308 Win 1:10 Stainless Steel 15" Lightweight M-LOK STR SSA-E Rifle - $1210 (Normally $1410). Ruger firearms are known for being overbuilt. I’ve seriously thought about picking one of these up, but last year I picked up something that’s a great alternative, at least to the .44 mag version – a Vaquero birdshead .44 mag. Generally 60-70 around Anchorage in summer warmer in the interior. Then I went shopping. You cannot post new topics in this forum The holster also has elastic loops to carry 8 extra cartridges. The humidity is pretty thick. I shot a heavy whitetail with my Ruger Redhawk 41 mag 7.5" barrel SS Magna ported Pachmayr grip, and red dot sight, at 65 yards, and dropped it in its tracks with a 200 gr hollow point. One of my favorite gun shops had one on the shelf in 454 Casull/45 Colt chambering and I Going by the general rule of 4-3-1, 4x caliber, 3xx grains and Upon returning the revolver, he let me know he was interested in trading it for a deer rifle since he was transferred from Alaska and would have less threat from the Big Grizz here in Kentucky and Tennessee. Ruger Super Redhawk Toklat 454 Casull. The round was originally designed for 40 grans of black powder, but the military typically ordered them with 30 or maybe 35 grains, but no more. But then I saw a short review of the Ruger Toklat, a special distributor exclusive model Super Redhawk with a shorter, slab-side barrel. Both are good revolvers. I suggest you pay www.ruger.com a visit while I go ice my palm for a while. Double up on ear protection! And there’s a pretty big difference between the ballistic performance of a 2-1/2″ barrel and a 3-3/4″ barrel. The pistol deploys quicker than a shotgun, unless you are Patrolling with the shotgun at the ready. Having lived in Alaska for 28 years when I was younger I can say I have seen a couple of big bears shot. First zeroing shots should be at 25 yards. A huge shout out to Ruger for taking care of their customers! Similar situation, just to a somewhat lesser extreme. What advantage would I have with a Ruger Talo Toklat if I have.... a 7.5" Ruger Super Redhawk 454 Casull and a Ruger Alaskan 2.5"? ball ammo at 850 fps. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. I will start by saying that this is an enormous, thick revolver. ball ammo at 850 fps. .44 Magnum, .454 Casull, .480 Ruger. First is a 255 gr. The Ruger Super Redhawk was launched in 1987 partly as a remedy to a problem with the popular Redhawk’s barrel to frame attachment. I’ve been to Alaska the last two summers to fish and visit family. Note: even with heavy revolvers, you do need excellent grip and shooting technique to shoot .44 Magnum and want to shoot it again. It’s a nice place and all, but the extremes on both sides make it unbearable at times. This is an incredibly powerful cartridge, but it’s not one for everyone. MSRP: $1,079.00. Hopefully, this has given you a little glimpse into another arena of the shooting and hunting sports. It might have changed in the 20 years since I was there, but it wasn’t this beautiful wide open outdoor paradise that it’s made out to be. Matts Bullets loaded to about 1200 fps. I will be taking this to Alaska in the next few years, but also want to shoot the heck out of it. as a hedge. Have you considered the Toklat version, or any of the velocity loss due to a short barrel with a large capacity case? The super red hawk was the only pistol of the 3 to not show any rust on the frame or components in four years of SE Alaskan weather. It took 13 shots to kill that bear. It’s partly about hydrostatic shock. Back in IA now where it absolutely never gets below -30 and the flies are worse than the mosquitoes. I’ve had the ruger sp101 and S&W 340 in 357, S&W 396 in 44 spc, Alaskan and S&W 69 and 329 in 44, SRH in 454, glock models 29 and 40, also S&W 500 in 6.5” and 5” barrels. But the Alaskan is 50% more $$$ and the Vaquero’s better for carry. Ruger’s .454 Casull Super Redhawk is a ready for the hunt! This gun is almost new condition. Ruger Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan Double Action Revolver, https://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/survival/animal-attacks/2009/08/charging-grizzly-killed-alaska#page-6, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiwq95oT0zQ. Carry * * * I’m waiting for someone to argue that with advances in bullet technology, the 9mm is as effective as the .44 mag, making the .44 mag a dying caliber. I’ve shot the Alaskan in .44, and the recoil isn’t much worse than a 6” S&W 29, which isn’t bad at all. Pulled the trigger one time the deer ran harder. In fact go deep in Alaska, not just to the cities and nearby recreation areas. Even with a 4-inch barrel, you should be able to launch a 305 grain bullet at a minimum of 1,200 fps. Not a single issue with any of them. HSM .45 Colt Cowboy 250gr RNFP———————————————–693fps, 3.5” I switched to a G20. “Big Bore Revolvers” and followed it with his “Book of Hunting Revolvers”. I try to shoot a few rounds every week through the big gun. Using a 165gr Corelokt I broke the near shoulder, took out the lungs and the bullet lodged in the far shoulder. I may miss some opportunities fiddling with earplugs, but I am not going to touch off a round with no protection. While I do agree a handgun is a better last option than Bear spray most of the AK Bear I’ve encountered while fly fishing (Katmai) are fairly use to humans and don’t seem to view them as a food. loads the gun weighs in at 66 oz.! Production of Why not the Ruger Redhawk Alaskan in .454? bullets will print higher at given ranges than lighter bullets. I’m a pretty fit guy, but I have no confidence that I can do that with this wrist breaker. this was one of those “because I can” purchases and I shoot it more than I thought I would. I as able to get consistent groups of 8" at 100 yards. The guides I worked for there both carried Model 70’s in .375 H&H… for a reason. Those might be “walking my property guns” I’d carry, not hiking in grizzly country, but they seem to be effective a lot of the time. If attacked one would likely only get 1 or 2 shots off – bears are faster than they look. Love. Besides, as a wise handgun hunter on the forums at, said, “…you can’t kill a deer with a handgun if you’re carrying a rifle.”. A few men in outstanding physical condition with fantastic genetics can handle full-power .44 Magnum loads out of a 25 ounce revolver. It is still i It is Stainless with an un-fluted 6 shot cylinder. The best price for ruger 454 casull for sale online. I’d think the mosquitoes would die off with that kind of cold. I agree, a 4” barrel that looks like its part of the gun instead of photoshopped on would be awesome. If your 45-70 doesnt put it down before it gets to you (likely) you are to draw the Ruger from your chest (as you will be on your back) put your fist into the bears mouth and pull the trigger until it goes click. This sight is a tube-style red dot with a 4 MOA dot at 100 yards. I give up to trying to make a rational decision on what is the right ammo to carry in the woods. loaded to about 1200 fps. Plan for a nice big purple crescent on your shoulder, and for bystanders to check their phones for nearby earthquakes. We’ve shot them with almost every caliber above a 30-30 we had. Randy Bauman was lead instructor for seven years at the Boy Scouts of America National Camping School-Shooting Sports Section, and he has a lifetime interest in teaching others about firearms. It is still a beast and feels like you are getting hit in the hand with a brick. The only down side a .44 Magnum revolver with a slightly longer barrel: a revolver with a 5-inch barrel is definitely NOT as maneuverable as a revolver with a 2.5-inch barrel, which could be important if a grizzly bear is literally on top of you. The 500 and 460 were in SW x frames and the 480 in a super red hawk with the 7.5 barrel. A beast with full-house loads. Sure S&W and Taurus have DA .44s weighing in at 25 or 26 ounces, but that has simply GOT to hurt. I tested this gun with two calibers of ammunition: .454 Casull and .45 Colt. nice review. This is why the SRH is carried by guides in a chest mounter holster. The Alaskan is available in .44 Magnum, .454 Casull/.45 Colt, and .480 Ruger, with the .480 model originally a six-shot, replaced in 2008 with a five-shot model to aid in spent cartridge extraction. Others hate the extended frame and overly large barrel. The Alaskan would only ignite 50%, if that, of my reloads. Rosignol is right, they are much cheaper used, plentiful and usually have very few rounds fired thru them.. The 454 Alaskan made it into the 2011 catalog. Testing was done on a 90 degree Fahrenheit day over an Oehler 35P chronograph, which was located five feet from the muzzle. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. People talk about sulphur pills, I winder how that works. Slab side barrel, Hogue Grips, marked 45 colt and 454 Casull. It’s been reliable as an anvil. [4] This is a very accurate gun and does exactly what it’s supposed to regardless of your flinch. Guides and rangers in Alaska (especially around Kodiak) are required to carry a short barrel 45-70 lever action. Bears are not jerks. Specifications: Ruger Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan Double Action Revolver, Caliber: .454 Casull/.45 Colt (also available in .480 Ruger and .44 Magnum) Can you elaborate on what DEET does to plastic? Many of our pictures are stock photos provided to us by the manufacturer and do not necessarily represent the actual item being purchased. Growing up in Central Texas, we would hunt hogs every chance we had. Thank you. this gun is the most accurate revolver I have ever owned. I have the 454 Alaskan and it is a great gun, except when you go for the big grain ammo, it crimp jumps, with the 400 grain double tap ammo cast, enough to where it’s not trustworthy, now the 250 grain Underwood Ammo extreme penetrators are great, but I love the gun and would never get rid of it. This allows the gun to be easily cleaned and maintained in harsh conditions. Big skeeters in the summer and -40 in the winter. I bought a glock 20 in 10mm for my carry gun while I am there. But even aggressive encounters things like .357 and .45acp seemed to work fine against black bears and even in some grizzly encounters. Best revolver for the money and if you can wear one out your a better man than I. (With optic), Trigger Pull:  Single Action Average = 3# 7oz, Safety:  Transfer Bar Mechanism allows for safe carry of 6 cartridges, Sights:  Fixed, replaceable front; adjustable rear, Knowing this gun was going to be used for big game hunting the next step was to find a suitable optic that could withstand the pounding of heavy recoil. We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe. The cylinder release functions easily and the hammer is easy to cock. Also, I have heard that many expanding bullet designs actually perform poorly when animals are too close because the bullets are going too fast and tend to “grenade” rather than expand and stay in one piece. However, I like guns and I like challenges. Oregon Trail Laser Cast Flat Point bullet. I do not have a Redhawk but have been deer hunting for several years with a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 long colt and a blackhawk in 44 mag my favorite is the 45 colt . That’s good about the. Bug spray contains a plastisizer. This is not a troll comment, but saying the gun is a “Ruger Revolver” therefore reliability is to be expected is to not have much experience with regard to Ruger QC in the past 6-8 years. And more likely you will fall to your death than get hit by a truck. -40 to -60 AND mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds? Probably break your knuckles with 300+ grain pills. I have personally sent SIX Ruger revolvers back for barrel issues, timing issues and incorrectly installed sights. BAD. Then spend your time shooting offhand, from shooting sticks or off your pack. New Plate Carrier DLC Just Dropped Ferro Concepts Slickster Add-Ons. ***This picture is a representation of … And more likely a drunk driver than a moose. Sure, it kicks fairly hard — although not so bad that you would not want to shoot it again. Model Number: 5517 Caliber: 454 Casull Grip Hogue® Tamer™ Monogrip®; Front Sight Ramp; Capacity 6; Twist 1:24" RH; Overall Length 10.50" 26.6 cm; Rear Sight Adjustable; Finish Satin Stainless; Weight 47 oz. Compare prices for Ruger Super Redhawk TOKLAT TALO Edition 454 Casull 5517 from all vendors from Wikiarms.com $350 for a stripped lower? The variance in the power generated between the .454 Casull and .45 Colt should give you an idea of just how versatile this gun and its cartridges are. Gun Review: Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 Casull Shooting off-hand at 75 yards, the author managed to get four hits out of six shots on this Action Target steel silhouette. Or, you pick up a 3 pound + revolver you need to carry in a chest rig, which completely defeats the point of the 2-1/2″ barrel. This. I preferred cross draw for getting in and out of vehicles and not interfering with a rifle in my right hand but opinions vary. I’ve purchased three revolvers, a pistol, and a Hawkeye rifle from S,R&Co in that time frame with zero complaints, although I also bought a Mini-14 that had problems with failures to eject. I wear Pro-Aim shooting gloves to help absorb the recoil when shooting heavy revolvers. Free FedEx Option* (16) RUGER MAG LCP II 380ACP 6RD $ 24.46. It’ll get to 75-80 in summer. Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan .44 or .454? The targets below show groups fired at 50 yards from the bench. This is the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454 Casull. Available in .44 Magnum, 454 Casull, 10mm Auto and 480 Ruger. I got it from a friend that needed money and don't believe it … Model 5517, Ruger Catalog Number KSRH Add to Wish List Add to Compare. The cylinder features a triple-locking design that ensures positive function with the powerful cartridges the gun is chambered in. The alaskan shoots great the blackhawks do too. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. The Super Redhawk has an extended frame for more thread area and integral scope mounting cuts on the frame. I’m blessed to have a range on private land that I can use whenever I want. A cylinder full of well-placed heavy cast bullets will kill a grizzzly bear. The trigger could probably be lightened a touch and smoothed up a bit. Get Our Top Shooting Drills and Zeroing Targets ($47 value - but FREE for a limited time). With the Super Redhawk series of guns, you are getting strong, reliable and accurate arms that will serve you for a lifetime. Too hard to control. A local viewer / soldier from Fort Campbell lent us this revolver. Ruger makes a great product and stand behind everything they sell. Our favorite guns and gear that we've tested and fully recommend. Can any of you guys tell me where you”ve seen these barely-used ones for such a big discount? ruger super redhawk alaskan toklat .454 casull 5" (talo) dimension: 2.65 x 6.90 x 14.60 height: 2.6500 width: 6.9000 length: 14.6000 other features:: 1:24" rh twist triple locking cylinder extended frame hard plastic case incl'd

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