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Thread: Scope mount for Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag

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    Scope mount for Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag

    Hi,

    I just bought a Weigand Combat scope mount for a Ruger Redhawk. I need to drill and tap two screw holes in the top strap above the cylinder to hold the mount. I have the proper drill and tap.

    Should the holes go all the way through the top strap or should they be stopped at a certain depth? Part of the instructions say "Trim the screws flush with the inside of the cylinder window". I assume that this means that the holes go completely through the top strap and then I grind the bottom of the screw if necessary so that it doesn't interfere with the cylinder.

    Will two holes spaced about 3/8" apart (lenghwise, not side to side on the strap) weaken the top strap to where I should be concerned at all? The third screw goes in the existing rear site. The mount is desinged for a Redhawk.

    My plan is to make sure the drill press table is perpendicular to the drill bit, mount the pistol (padded) in a drill press vise, square the top strap to the drill bit, centerpunch the holes, and drill away. I would guess that I want a fairly slow spindle speed. The pistol is stainless. Any coments or suggestions?

    Thanks,
    John

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    midway has one that is no drill for about 30 bucks
    also brownells hax one.
    unless you have a way to make sure the weapon is square and level be extra slow and careful

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    Quote Originally Posted by garandsrus
    Should the holes go all the way through the top strap or should they be stopped at a certain depth? Part of the instructions say "Trim the screws flush with the inside of the cylinder window".

    John,

    I chose not to run them all the way through so that you won't see the holes if and when I go back to open sights. If you do go all the way through, just watch the front screw hole and what is under that. You don't want a hole there.

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    Thanks...

    I will stop the holes short of the bottom of the strap.

    I have tried a "no drill" mount and didn't like it at all. It scratched the sides of the revolver when I installed it (I was carefull) and moved under recoil.

    John

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    the screws need to be deep enough for you to bottom tap, other then just go slow when you are tapping and use good cutting oil

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    for what its worth s & w revolvers are drilled all the way through the top strap, and freedom arms are not!

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