Wood Grip Preference?

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Tankhead

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I'm going to get some new wood grips. I don't want to do anything w/o consulting this place first! I was considering Badgergrips which only have Walnut and Rosewood. I liked the Walnut below.



Below are Hogue grips. Do you prefer one of these over the Badger? Thanks for your input!




Top Row, left to right:
Rosewood Laminate with top finger groove only & smooth finish
Rosewood Laminate with finger grooves, accent stripe, butt cap & checkering
Coco Bolo with top finger groove only & smooth finish
Lamo Camo with finger grooves & Smooth finish

Middle Row, left to right:
Kingwood with finger grooves & Checkering
Kingwood with finger grooves, accent stripe, butt cap & smooth finish
Goncalo Alves with no finger grooves & smooth finish
Goncalo Alves with finger grooves &smooth finish

Bottom Row, left to right:
Pau Ferro with finger grooves, accent stripe, butt cap & smooth finish
Pau Ferro with no finger grooves & smooth finish
Tulipwood with finger grooves & smooth finish
Tulipwood with finger grooves, accent stripe, butt cap & checkering

Or even a specific checkering:



patterns include stippling, cones, bricks, scallops and fish scales
 

contender

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Well, I prefer American Holly for any blued gun,, and a darker wood for any stainless gun.
(I know, I know,, there isn't any Holly shown above.)
 

Tankhead

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tek4260":1c7vu30h said:
What type of handgun are you putting them on?

My new RH SS 4" 44 mag :D



I
like the Kingwood, but its out of stock. Everything else is in stock.



These are two they say are most popular.
Goncalo:


Pau Ferro:

 

DwarvenChef

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I still like the early Lett grips I got back when I bought my Bisley. Don't see them around much anymore.[/img]
 

REP1954

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Have you handled any of these grips that your showing? They sure look like a handful to me but if you got big hands they would be okay. it just seems counter productive to me to buy a 4" revolver and put grips on it almost as big as the gun.
 

yankee7809

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I love Goncalo Alves on ANY gun. Stainless, blued it doesn't matter. Must be my Smith & Wesson heritage coming out!
 

1ruger

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If you get a grip with finger grooves make sure they fit your hand.
There is nothing more uncomfortable than a grip with finger grooves in wrong place.
 

Tankhead

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REP1954":2yne7xjz said:
Have you handled any of these grips that your showing? They sure look like a handful to me but if you got big hands they would be okay. it just seems counter productive to me to buy a 4" revolver and put grips on it almost as big as the gun.

Not any wood grips. My palm size is a little over 10" with fingers commensurate w/ palm size. I believe that qualifies for x-large hands. The end of my thumb fully covers the nail of my middle finger when holding the gun. I have no problems whatsoever w/ the size on it now. It's not gonna be a CC weapon. I'll get a smaller gun for that. I don't want smaller grips on it. Wouldn't that be counter productive to its main purpose? Back-up while bowhunting. Thanks for the help.
 

Tankhead

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1ruger":t8efqq5b said:
If you get a grip with finger grooves make sure they fit your hand.
There is nothing more uncomfortable than a grip with finger grooves in wrong place.

Good point. I read a few dissatisfied posts in my research about finger grooves. My pinky hangs over the end of the Hogue grip little. Fingers are a little squeezed. Just a little more room would be nice. It seems the grip w/ butt caps are a little longer than ones w/o. Would this help if they are? I would think the same manufacturer would keep the finger grooves the same on rubber as well as wood. But, I'll be sure and ask when I inquire?
 

VHRAM

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I went with 2 pair of Bearpaw grips recently on my 2 Vaqueros, very nice fit and feel . He has them on ebay and gunbroker.
 

twobisquit

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You might look into Herret Grips. They are made after you supply them with a tracing of your hand.
 

Tankhead

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Wow, they don't mess around. They want all the info possible to make it right. I see they charge extra for finger grooves. Are finger grooves really necessary for my needs as a back-up when bowhunting? Do they offer that many advantages vs grips w/o?
 

bear62041

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Anybody check out www.Esmeralda.cc ?? She has some really nice grips. Also www. klamathriverwoodworks.com. He has even better selections. check out his "Ready to Draw" models which are ready for immediate shipment, and he will fit his grips to your frame too.
 

Tankhead

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I did. Checked out Esmeralda's site a couple days ago doing searches. But I didn't see anything for DA revolvers.
 

CraigC

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Bear in mind that Hogue uses mostly real woods, Badger's are all laminates. Do yourself a favor and handle the Hogue's first. I had a pair on the Redhawk I had and they were terrible. Way too thin and also too long longitudinally. I have large hands (size 9 glove) and they were completely uncomfortable. In reality their other grips are just as bad, it's just worse on the Redhawk because the grip frame is so large. I will always believe that the folks who find Hogue's grips comfortable have never handled a set of true custom grips. I have a big box of unused and unusable grips from years of experimentation. If it were me, I'd spend the extra money on Herrett's Ropers. Skip the fingergrooves.
 

Tankhead

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Thank you very much for sharing your experiences and preferences! It does help.
 

Tankhead

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CraigC":3e8fsk9h said:
Bear in mind that Hogue uses mostly real woods, Badger's are all laminates. Do yourself a favor and handle the Hogue's first. I had a pair on the Redhawk I had and they were terrible. Way too thin and also too long longitudinally. I have large hands (size 9 glove) and they were completely uncomfortable. In reality their other grips are just as bad, it's just worse on the Redhawk because the grip frame is so large. I will always believe that the folks who find Hogue's grips comfortable have never handled a set of true custom grips. I have a big box of unused and unusable grips from years of experimentation. If it were me, I'd spend the extra money on Herrett's Ropers. Skip the fingergrooves.

Or maybe even the Jordon Trooper. But for sure I'm gonna get something as custom as I can reasonably afford. And the Herret's are worth the extra investment to me. Just looking for the differences in the two. This site has a pretty good supply of info I'm goin thru from the search engine. Thanks again.
 

1ruger

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Tankhead":329i6679 said:
Wow, they don't mess around. They want all the info possible to make it right. I see they charge extra for finger grooves. Are finger grooves really necessary for my needs as a back-up when bowhunting? Do they offer that many advantages vs grips w/o?

+1 for Herrett grips.
I personally don't like finger grooves on hard kicking revolvers as they can become uncomfortable when rising (recoil) in your hand.
I had Herrett's Roper style grip on my hunting Python and found it comfortable. I hear that ppeople with large hand with matching long fingers find Jordan style to be comfortable.
 

Tankhead

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Thier web-site says.... The "JORDAN" is highly recommended for field shooting in heavy caliber such as the .44 Magnum. It has shell extraction only on the left side and has slight palm swell depending on right or left handed shooter. vs the Roper..... is a minimum dimension stock and is well liked by shooters with small hands as well as by law enforcement officers carrying larger revolvers in shoulder holsters. I have x-large hands. But I'm sure when I call Dee, I think is the person I need to talk to, will set me straight. :D

On a side note I just got a quote from this site, that I'm gonna take of course, on a colored engraved holster http://www.levergunleather.com/p_holster_rigs.htm. He's gonna carve the head of a "Redhawk" on it. :D
 

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