I broke a Ruger Redhawk once. That little hook that holds one end of the mainspring busted off, so I sent it back to Ruger (this was an older, first year production model). I think they beefed it up a tiny bit, and they changed the installation from open-end-of-hook-UP, to open-end-DOWN, which also kept if from jumping off the mainspring seat under recoil (happened only occasionally, and only with hot loads, but it was a real bummer when it did, as a near-full field-strip was required to get it back up and runnin').
I can agree with that. When I was up Alaska way, the Redhawk was always loaded with hard-cast 320 grain flat-nose slugs. These would leave a streak of Pachmayr rubber on my palm after 6 rounds, but at 1100 FPS they'd go through TWO 14-inch-thick telephone poles, back-to-back, and keep on truckin'.
Originally Posted by Bob Wright
However, if you want to make soft/squishy things go "SPLAT!", then you need a Sierra or Remington 180 grain JHP ahead of a stiff charge of Win296. Out of a 7.5" Redhawk, my favorite 180 JHP load will trip the chrono at 1700+ FPS, and if you shoot a watermelon with this load inside of 25 yards, you'll be picking melon-pulp and seeds out of your hair for hours. Lotsa fun!
"Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
(RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)