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Shot a Ruger Alaskan .454 today

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by lionking, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Pat Riot
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    Hmmm...I wonder...do all gun forums have “Bear A.D.D.”? :p

    You mention “bear” in a forum regarding a handgun and it’s like that cartoon dog in the movie “Up”. :rofl:

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  2. Trashyshoots

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    Sweet gun, way too much recoil for me.
     
  3. 460Shooter

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    Seems that way doesn't it? I guess bears are like horror films. There's an inherent human fascination with things they fear, and an inherent human need to be ready to destroy that thing they fear if the need arises. Firearms also often draw in outdoorsy types, who are more apt to run into bears. So I guess it's only natural.
     
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  4. Paul7

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    Look, we disagree, and I don't expect to win this argument on a gun forum, any more than you would on a bear spray forum. A point you're not addressing is for many hikers that are older or not big guys, a .454 is simply too much to handle, we've heard from some on this thread like that. A 135 lb. 70 year old woman is much better off with bear spray. YMMV
     
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  5. 22-rimfire

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    I was interested in the 480 Ruger version for a while, but common sense eventually won the day. I simply don't need to defend against big bears normally in my woods wanderings. If for whatever reason I am concerned about it, I will carry a S&W Mountain Gun in 41 mag, Otherwise I more often than not just have a 22 revolver with me.

    I would however enjoy taking a few shots. I'd even pay for the ammo.
     
  6. MaxP

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    I had one of those and liked it a lot. Shot well and carried easily.

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  7. sabbfan

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    Internet forum: I shot this cool big bore revolver

    Inevitably on Internet forum: Bears!
     
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  8. Koroner

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    I bought a engraved light single shot Browning carbine in .45-70

    It is a thing of beauty, but I would prefer to retain the health of my right shoulder and have never tried it out.

    I think that the machismo of shooting hard kicking guns is a bit silly. In brown bear country I think I would carry my Banshee in 10mm with either my Glock 20 or Smith 610.

    When I shoot .45-70 it is in a Sharps with a 34" 25 pound barrel because when I competed with my Pedersoli Quigley I had to quit after 24 shots. The Sharps I could shoot all day.
     
  9. Paul7

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    And 98% will never see a bear.
     
  10. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    I got to hold one yesterday,have never shot one.
    Was in Virginia, MN yesterday browsing the Virginia Surplus gun shop.
    They had a new one and a used one.
    Asked to play with the used one, DARN IT!, another handgun on the want list.
    It fit my hand NICELY!!!
    (Like a kid in a candy shop)
     
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  11. dickydalton

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    What was the recoil difference between the 480 and the 454?
     
  12. rabid wombat

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    “They had a new one and a used one.”

    Buy the used one, only shot twice....
     
  13. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Not till the new year, if either are still there. And the used one did have a very defined turn line. Plus it was kinda dirty, something I have not seen at this shop B4, though the bore looked good.o_O Go figure...
     
  14. rabid wombat

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    A buddy has one...buy it. Load it up or load it down, you will enjoy it...
     
  15. 22-rimfire

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    I see black bears fairly often in the Blue Ridge Mountains in East TN. Have only seen one grizzly in my life and that was in Yellowstone NP.

    I have enough "fun" with my other hand cannons. I would be sorely tempted if I ever ran into a 480 Ruger version. I honestly hope I don't run into one.
     
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    Also 480 Alaskan make more sense too ;)
     
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    Alaskan looks good, toklat handles better (basically an alaskan with a little bit of barrel dingus sticking out). Either way, you can't go wrong. Yep, you NEED one.
     
  19. MaxP

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    The speed with which the .454 pressures up makes it a bit less sensitive to barrel length - relative to other revolver cartridges. Meaning that you can still get acceptable velocity from an Alaskan in .454. They all kick a bit because they are light, although the .480 is less “snappy” (this is a technical term) than the .454 with a lot less noise and muzzle blast. They’re cool revolvers!
     
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  20. dickydalton

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    454s out of my 460 aren't bad at all. I was always interested in the 480.
     
  21. stchman

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    I've never understood WHY people get those snubby .454s. You're totally wasting the potential of the cartridge. If your purpose is to make a big flash, then that's a good choice. IMO the Ruger Toklat is a much better option with the 5" barrel.
     
  22. MaxP

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    Convenience and packability. At least the .454 maintains some meaningful velocity where "lesser" cartridges lose quite a bit of velocity -- something to consider if the revolver is meant to save your bacon.
     
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    That and you can burn the hair off any critter trying to chew on you if you have to use it!
     
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    And deafen them!
     
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