SHOT 2017: New Ruger Redhawk 8-Shot .357 Magnum Revolver

   01.26.17

SHOT 2017: New Ruger Redhawk 8-Shot .357 Magnum Revolver

The Ruger Redhawk has a reputation as one of the toughest double-action revolvers ever made. While normally chambered in larger calibers such as .41 Magnum or .44 Magnum, for 2017 Ruger introduced a version in .357 Magnum. The trick? The new .357 Magnum version of the Redhawk holds eight cartridges in the cylinder instead of the traditional six.

The eight chambers of the new .357 Magnum Ruger Redhawk are visible in this photo.
The eight chambers of the new .357 Magnum Ruger Redhawk are visible in this photo.

In this video a Ruger rep goes over the features of the 8-shot .357 Magnum Ruger Redhawk and also discusses the engineering changes needed to stuff eight rounds in the cylinder.

I got a chance to try the 8-shot model at the 2017 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range and I was impressed. The gun is no light-weight, but that extra heft soaks up the recoil of the .357 Magnum rounds and having two extra rounds on tap was nice. The MSRP is $1079.

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