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Looks like Ruger has dropped the .480

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SteelyNirvana, May 8, 2007.

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  1. SteelyNirvana

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    I don't blame them since the .480 Ruger was always under powered for the size of the round. Now that S&W has come out with their .460 Magnum and .500 Magnum there really isn't a place for the .480 Ruger.
     
  3. Ala Dan

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    Hardly anyone ever asked about the .480 Ruger any more~! :scrutiny: :(
     
  4. Fumbler

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    Not a place for the 480?
    The 480 shoots a heavier bullet than a 454 can without the excess recoil.
    Not everyone wants to tote a 63 oz X-frame in 460 or 500.
    A cast 400 gr 480 bullet at 1200 fps will get you more penetration than anyone will ever need in North America.

    Now, maybe I'd agree with you if you said "the 480 doesn't make a lot of sense to a shooter unless they handload." There simply aren't enough factory ammo options when the 454 exists.
     
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    I was going to get a SRH 9 1/2" in 480 Ruger , but ive only seen once place that stocked ammo for it , i decided not to get one. I know i could of reloaded for it , which ive started to get in to alil more. but i like to be able to buy factory ammo aswhell.
     
  6. SteelyNirvana

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    Must not have been a popular cartridge. I thought this thread would be a hot topic when I posted it, but nobody seems to care that its gone. Don't bother me either as I would have chosen a .454 over the .480 when I got ready to move up to a big bore.
     
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    i went to my local shop this morning , the 480 SRH 9 1/2" still there. i told the guy i deal with , that ruger dropped the 480. he said that one has been there for close to 6 years. so he wasnt shocked to hear about them dropping the 480
     
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    The big ol Super Redhawk is too heavy and bulky. If they had chambered the Super Blackhawk for the 480, I think that a lot more folks would have bought one. I would have, but as it is, if I want to shoot 480, I shoot it out of one of my FA 475 linebaughs or out of my Bowen 475 Nimrod.

    Ruger missed the boat by putting this cartridge ony in the Super Red Hawk.
     
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    Does it even have a cult following?
     
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    Nobody really cared when Ruger brought it out.
     
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    A solution looking for a problem.
     
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    I hate to see any caliber wither away and die...but, it's not needed; unfortunately, it is like the almost dead .41 magnum; the .41 magnum didn't offer enough above the .357 magnum with the proper amount of reduced recoil below the .44 magnum; I forsee the .480 Ruger going by the wayside; I also feel that the .460 S&W magnum is another one of those inbetween calibers that doesn't offer much over the .454 Casull and is too close to the .500 S&W magnum...soon to be another caliber that gets shoved to the side of the road! :scrutiny:
     
  13. Sundles

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    I'll disagree with all you guys that say the 480 cartridge is not needed for anything.

    The cartridge is great and has all kind of potential. It can do things the 454 cannot, like sling a 440gr. .475 inch bullet at 1200 fps. HOWEVER, some one needs to put it in a gun that is packable, and Ruger failed to do that. FA does it, but the gun is $2,200.00.

    If Ruger chambered this cartidge in a five shot Super Blackhawk, which has the same basic dimensions as the FA revolver, it would have sold very very well. Once in a while, the gun offered, is the reason a new cartridge dies, but the cartidge still has merits. The SRH is a big clunky boat anchor of a revolver.
     
  14. Smith & Wesson Man

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    If you reload I think no caliber will die:)
     
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    I called Ruger earlier today.
    The lady on the phone said she got a message from her supervisor stating that they've halted manufacturing the Super Redhawk in 480 Ruger due to extraction problems.
    She said they will hault production until the extraction problem is fixed, but they have no idea on when or if they will start manufacturing 480s.

    Fired cases do stick in my SRH but I didn't think it was a big deal.
     
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    About time. I think the shooting public are getting bored with the "Hey, this is a new cartridge that does nothing that hasnt been done before" mentality of gun manufactures. Hmm, .45GAP or .30TC anyone?
     
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    I think the shooting public is simply has the MORE MORE MORE mentality rather than buying cartridges that make sense.
    You can drive a 45 caliber bullet as fast and loud as you want but when it hits an animal it's still a 45.
    You can get better performance with a slower fatter bullet that has less recoil and muzzle blast to boot.

    Sure, the 475 Linebaugh's been out for years, but how can you afford to buy one in the first place?

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    The 41 Magnum is far from dead. It has about 39% more power than a 357 mag and about 25% less recoil than a 44 Mag with comparable loads. As a police round, it died on the vine due to the frame size Smith offered it in, the recoil, and not offering a lower powered police round.

    On the 480 Ruger, I just have to say I'm not surprised that Ruger may have discontinuted it. But that does not please me at all. The 480 Alaskan is a very good close in dangerous game hand cannon with heavy 400 gr bullets. I would choose it over the 454 in that gun just about any day of the week. I like the fact that you are throwing a larger diameter chunk of lead with the 480 vs the 454.

    I spoke to a dealer yesterday and he mentioned they didn't sell well and most chose the SRH in 454 Casull. I hope Ruger brings them back into production at least in a limited fashion to accomadate interest in the caliber. I doubt if any of these hand cannons sell at high numbers after the first year of introduction including the Smith cannons. The fact is that most simply don't need anything larger than a 44 Magnum.
     
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    Im going out and buying the very first Ruger Ak in 480 I can find. They will become collectors items. Gone shopping.......
     
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