480 Super Redhawk- good deal or no


July 29, 2008, 06:33 PM
Hi all. I was talking to a friend at work today and we started talking about guns and what different ones we have. She told me she has a 9.5" .480 Super Redhawk that shes wanting to get rid of if I was interested in it. She said she'd take 500 for it. Its only had about 30 rounds through it. Ive always wanted a SRH but chambered in 44mag. I figured I could buy it and if I like it than I'll just keep it and if I dont like it I could always sell it and still be ahead. Ive only ever seen the 44mag version for sale near me an they go for about 650-700 used. Do you think this is a good deal?

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July 29, 2008, 07:04 PM
I think so.

It appears that Ruger has once again discontinued the SRH in .480, though it's hard to be sure.

I like it in .480.

July 29, 2008, 07:36 PM
I would get it, that is a good price and soon the 480 will be hard to get. I have one and will not sell it.

It will do anything and more than the 44 Mag will, and make a bigger hole.

July 29, 2008, 07:42 PM
No, they have not discontinued the 480 Ruger super Redhawk.

They suspended manufacturing for a while to convert it's manufacturing from a 6-shot to a 5-shot.

Seems in the 6-shot 480, cases were sticking bad in the chambers.

July 29, 2008, 07:46 PM
parisite, that was December's new release, now they are not making the 480 Ruger any longer.

Here is a copy of an e-mail I just got from Ruger 6 day ago.

Dear Alex Garcia ,

Thank you for using the Ruger On-Line Customer Support Request Form.

This e-mail is in response to your question or comment of 07/24/2008
Request No: 6979

Comment / question:

I have a Super Redhawk 6 shot 480 Ruger, what is the cost to have it refitted with a 5 shot cylinder? Do you even do this?

Thank you


Unfortunately, that is not a service that we offer. We are no longer producing the .480 Super Redhawk.

If you need further information, please visit our website at www.ruger.com or contact us at:

Revolvers, shotguns, rifles, 10/22 Charger Pistol: (603) 865-2442
Pistols: (928) 778-6555
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July 29, 2008, 08:13 PM
Thanks guys. I think Ill get it.

Sergeant Sabre
July 29, 2008, 09:09 PM
Personally, I'd talk her down some. The .480 is the least popular Redhawk made, and the 9.5" barrel is generally less popular than the .7.5".

July 30, 2008, 12:28 AM
It's probably a situation where if you bought it and just stuck it in your closet, you'll make money eventually. I'm not part of the Ruger collector's association, but I can see most of them from here, and they're sure acting like the .480 is over with.

Chuck Perry
July 30, 2008, 07:21 AM
I can't believe Ruger killed the 480 again. They just re-released within the past year, now it's gone again. The website shows all the 480's as discontinued, as well as the 9.5" 454. 454 Alaskan and 7.5" are still listed, as are all the 44's.

Bigger is Better
July 30, 2008, 08:14 AM
Ehi chris, I've owned a SRH .480 9 1/2", that I've sold last week, but only because of economic problems (I need money for the BFR), not 'cause I didn't like it: has been the best big bore handgun I've had and the more pleasant to shoot.
I had a SRH also in .454, 7 1/2" barrel, and I've sold it 'cause of an italian gun-laws problem, otherwise I've kept it with big pleasure.
But, you can believe me, the SRH in .480 is a really excellent gun, powerful, accurate, strong and not more expensive: if you can, buy it.

July 31, 2008, 09:47 PM
It is worth that. New ones run considerably more if you can find one.

So Ruger did it again....... what can I say other than I guess I won't be buying a 5-shot which I planned on doing. Their loss.....

July 31, 2008, 10:06 PM
I'd get dies and a large supply of brass with it and a mold. I'm thinking it'll wind up like the .41 AE eventually. :rolleyes:

July 31, 2008, 10:20 PM
I'd get dies and a large supply of brass with it and a mold. I'm thinking it'll wind up like the .41 AE eventually.

Far from it, the 480 will always be around, even though the dumb guys a Ruger discontinued it. Also, the 475 Linebaugh brass can be used after it is trimmed back. But I see the 480 Ruger as a round that is here to stay in handgun hunting.

Ruger lost a sale from me also. I guess I will use the money far another custom.

Matt Almeda
August 1, 2008, 02:44 PM
I would get it.
It seems like everytime Ruger comes out with something really nice, they either discontinue it or it is only very limited availability.

August 1, 2008, 05:01 PM
If you reload and want a big bore then the 480 would be a nice pick.

It's softer shooting than a 454 but can punch just as deep into big game due to the heavier bullets.

$500 is a good deal for a lightly used one.
I got mine new with 7.5" barrel for $575 and that was a real good deal.

The downside is this...few people are willing to buy a 480 as a first big bore pistol due to ammo availability and the posibility of the cartridge becoming obsolete.
Experienced handgunners who like the 480 are fairly few and far between.
So, if you ever want to sell it then it could be difficult.
BUT, at $500 you're sure to recover a large part of your investment back.

I love my 480 and will never get rid of it unless I'm real hard on cash. I'm not worried about ammo avaiability because I reload. Components will probably be available forever; if they aren't then I can always modify 475L or 45-70 brass.

BTW, is it a 5 or 6 shot?

August 1, 2008, 06:45 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about ammo availablity as there are many companies out there that make hard to get ammo, hell I just bought 3 boxes of 357 maximum from the http://www.ammobank.com/ for $41 a box of 50. Also companies like conley precision cartridge and mastercast will load 480 ruger. As long as we have the internet there will be no shortage of ammo for the 480,now the $$$ is a different story.

August 1, 2008, 07:37 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. Im not sure if its a 5 or 6 shot. Im guessing 6 since she acts like shes had it for awhile. Ive been wanting to start reloading with a press for awhile now(ive only used a lee loader for 45 colt so far), so I can used the price of the ammo as the reason to buy a press now.:)

August 1, 2008, 07:57 PM
I think that since .480 Ruger is a revolver cartridge, and a powerhouse one at that, it is very unlikely that it will end up like the .41 AE. Starline already makes cases for some pretty silly calibers.

August 2, 2008, 09:34 AM
chrissmallwood, like I said many times, reloading is the best way to get the full potential of the 480 Ruger. Mine is a tack driver, if you decide to reload, e-mail me, I have a load that works like a charm in my 480 and the bullets just fall right out of the cylinder.

August 2, 2008, 08:29 PM
It will do anything and more than the 44 Mag will, and make a bigger hole.

You stole my line for the .45 Colt. :D

August 3, 2008, 06:42 AM
Just telling the truth... :)

August 3, 2008, 06:52 AM
i saw a glock 19 shot under water

August 3, 2008, 06:54 AM
And what does that have to do with the 480 Ruger???????

August 3, 2008, 07:01 AM
no dont get the 480 get the 454

August 3, 2008, 07:08 AM
no dont get the 480 get the 454

Read his post, he has an option to buy a Ruger 480 not the 454 Casull.
He is not trying to decide which round he wants, but if he should buy this particular gun.

I have a 454 Casull Super Redhawk and a 480 Super Redhawk, if I could only have one, it would be the 480.

August 3, 2008, 10:50 AM
I had a 480 Raging Bull with a 5'' barrel and was thoroughly impressed with the round and the gun. I had no practical use for it and sold it. But wish now I hadn't.:o

August 3, 2008, 11:31 AM
Practical was an issue when I owned six guns. It is all about personal preference now and want.

August 3, 2008, 04:44 PM
Offer her $450, but go to $500 if you have to...

I have a 7.5" .454 and passed up on a .480 at a show recently...

Shoulda bought it!

I have a Puma in .454, would love to have a Puma in .480 too :)


August 3, 2008, 04:46 PM
Hi all. Thanks for the responses. It doesnt look like I'll be getting it for a little while. I had saved up 900$ and I was planning on buying it and a K31 Scmidt-Rubin from Classic Arms and use the what was leftover for ammo for both guns. The other day I had a bit of a home repair emergency, which I ended up having to use some of the money I had saved up.:( I was able to fix my problem but I only have about 300 left so I think Im going to get the K31 now and get the SRH when I have my "fun fund" built back up. Whenver I get the K31 & SRH you all will be the first to know, after my wife that is:.:p Thanks for all the help.

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