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New Ruger Super Redhawk .480 Ruger

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ddj8052, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. ddj8052

    ddj8052 Well-Known Member

    I just got a Ruger Super Redhawk in .480 Ruger in the dark grey color that ruger is now usng. I am fairly excited about it as I have wanted something for handgun hunting so I am hoping this works well. I got it for $400 and I hope this is a decent price. The gun has only had half a box of ammo through it because the previous owner did not like recoil.

    So what do you guys think of this gun? I am curious on how well it fits into the revolver world. Will it work well for hunting say Boars? I have not paid much attention to this caliber but I a really excited to play with it. How does it compare to the .44 mag, .454 Casull, or the .500 S&W? Have any of you used this gun? Thanks for any and all info regarding this peice.
  2. Pietro Beretta

    Pietro Beretta Well-Known Member

    I believe you got your gun at a good price , I dont think you can find one thats 99% for under 400,

    I have not fired one of these however.

    But I noticed you only live about 7 miles away from me, small World!

  3. dairycreek

    dairycreek Well-Known Member

    You paid a very fare price for the gun. Ruger's are doggone near indestructible any way.

    The 480 is Ruger's proprietary calliber entry and is a lot more powerful than a 44 magnum but somewhat less powerful than the 454. Having said that it will take just about any game that walks on four feet in North America. Boars? Oh yeah! It will do just fine there. Problems? All the big bore handguns have really STOUT recoil fo if recoil is a problem then that may be a consideration. More than recoil the sound that comes from these beasts is very, very, very loud. So, make sure you protect both your hearing and vision when shooting any gun.
  4. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Let's rearrange that a bit for truth's sake.

    The .480 is a bit more powerful than .44 mag, but well below the full-house .454 Casull.

    A .475" 325 gr. pill at 1350 FPS develops 1315 ft/lbs. Buffalo bore loads a 370 gr. lead bullet to 1300 FPS for 1388 ft/lbs

    Top .454 loads can eclipse 2,100 ft/lbs.(freedom arms listed load w/300 gr. bullet from 7.5" barrel: 1780 FPS;2111 ft/lbs) Top factory .454 loads are a bit over 1,900 ft/lbs (Hornady and Cor-Bon)

    .44 Mag. is generall between 1,000 and 1,200 ft/lbs, although Buffalo Bore loads a +P+ version that develops 1533 ft/lbs :what:

    The .480 was supposed to split the difference between .44 and .454, but in reality is almost dead-center of .44 mag and .50 AE (1646 ft/lbs with heavy loads; 6" barrel), but a far cry from .454, .460 or .500.

    The .480 is a good round that offers a lot of wallop and big frontal diameter with manageable recoil. Heavy .454 loads from the 7.5" SRH can be quite punishing and often make cases difficult to eject. The .480 runs at much lower pressures. There should be no trouble killing anything in North America with the .480 (save Grizzlies and Kodiaks)
  5. ddj8052

    ddj8052 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the great info. It sounds like this should be the ideal hunting revolver for anything I would ever be after. It even sounds like it may be good bear protection. Can anyone recomend good hunting ammo? Does Buffalo Bore load for the .480? Thanks again for the help.

    Pietro Beretta- it is a very small world sometimes. Do you shoot any of the matches up n SLO? I really like the steel Challenge, but have not had time to go back up after my initial trip.
  6. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    370 Gr. Cast @ 1300 FPS. It is listed in my first post.

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