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Redirects will generally be followed until a valid result can be found (or a loop is recognized). We will follow a limited number of redirect hops (RFC 1945 for HTTP/1.0 allows up to 5 hops) and then stop and treat it as a 404.
I've been referencing RFC 1945 for years and some folks have argued with me on how many hops Googlebot will follow.