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Anyone know why Ruger has discontinued all the .480 models ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MrBigStuff, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. MrBigStuff

    MrBigStuff Well-Known Member

    I noticed recently ( on Ruger's website ) that Ruger no longer has any of it's firearms chambered for the .480 Ruger cartridge- a round they developed- in their line-up . Anybody have any insight on this . Thanks .
  2. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member

    I`ve heard that the cyls were flexin so much that the brass could`nt be ejected ,even on the 5 holers .

    But think about it , 475 linbaugh, 454 casull ,smiff 460 & the 500 with these calibers bullets & other components are established .

    The Ruger 480 has been treated as a stepchild so to speak , so if it does`nt sell or catch on qwik why build a bunch???

    My $.02
  3. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I believe they didn't sell at sufficient volume to make it worth their while. Doesn't mean it is not a great cartridge.

    I read that about the the cylinders and brass sticking; I never had a problem and if you can build a SRH for the 454 Casull, you can certainly build one for the 480 Ruger.
  4. .455_Hunter

    .455_Hunter Well-Known Member

    The rumor that I heard was that the Ruger legal department was not too keen on the implications of people running .475 Linebaugh chamber cutters into the cylinders and ending up with a nice .475 Linebaugh SRH or Alaskan.

  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Most likely, they simply did not sell.
  6. salvo

    salvo Well-Known Member

    I bet it would have sold if they chambered it in their Super Blackhawk!
  7. atlanticfire

    atlanticfire Well-Known Member

    No idea, be I also noticed that no more ruger 1s in 458 lott. Oh well, you snooze you loose....
  8. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    Because Ruger is smarter than Gaston and his 45 GAP!
  9. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Didn't sell well and it was the .475 Linebaughs that were creating the case sticking issue.

    I had the chance to shoot a .480, it was more pleasant than any .454 Casull revolver I have shot but the accuracy wasn't spectacular either.

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