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Old 01-15-2012, 11:08 AM
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Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

Ran into a guy that has a Ruger super redhawk 480 in target grey for sale. He is asking $570. I am carrying the weapon when I archery hunt in the WY grizzly country. Does anyone have any information on this particular caliber? Do you think its a good deal? I am not fluent with revolvers and have limited knowledge of them. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and input.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:48 AM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

The 480 Ruger is an excellent cartridge, especially in the Ruger Redhawk. The 480 Ruger is a shortened 475 Linebaugh. Ruger has discontinued production of this revolver because so many people were re-chambering the gun to 475 Linebaugh and they didn't feel it was strong enough with the six shot cylinder. Factory ammo is still available.

A friend of mine has a Ruger Super Redhawk chambered in 480 Ruger and it is an outstanding shooter. He killed a 450 lb. wild boar with one shot from a 325 grain LBT at 50 yards. And yes, the $570 price is a good price. It has been years since I have seen one priced below $600.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:18 PM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

I have the 7.5" barreled model and its has a split personality. With lighter jacketed bullets in the 325 gr bullet weight (factory loads), the revolver shoots very poorly, 4-5" groups at 25 yards. Infact I was nearly ready to sell the revolver off because of the poor performance.

Just by chance, I ordered in some 425 gr WFN heat treated hard case bullets from Cast Performance. I cleaned out the first lube groove and use this as a second crimping groove. Loaded them over 20.0 gr Lil-Gun and to my amazement, the handgun turned into an amazing shooter at 25 yards making consistant cloverleafs. In fact this is the most accurate revolver/load combo I own and I have alot of them. At 100 yards, this combo will easily hold under 4" ctc for three shots and at times half that much. Not this handgun is wearing a 1.5-4x Burris handgun scope so with open sights its not as easy to do but it still shoots very well, much better then I can.

I have used it to take several head of big game and have always been impressed with the performance of these bullets on game. They hit MUCH harder then they ever should for only traveling around 1200 fps. I have tested it side by side with a 475 Linebaugh with the same bullet loaded to 1400 fps and penetration was within an inch in same test media and the 480 is MUCH easier to shoot with very comfortable recoil.

In fact, the recoil from this 425 gr load is much easier on the hand then the full tilt 325 gr loads as it slows down recoil velocity dramatically with the reduced muzzle velocity.

SInce they do not make this revolver any more the price your talking is a relative thing. If you want one its a great deal. For the revolver you are getting, its a great deal as well.

For what you want to do, the Ruger SRH is a very large revolver. Why Ruger will not pull their head out and build a 5 shot Blackhawk and SRH in 480 Ruger/475 linebaugh like Magnum Reseach did is beyond me. They would have a hell of a seller if they kept it on the same price as the current price of those two models of revolvers and both platforms are plenty strong for either.

A shorter barrel length would be better for your needs but you could make the 7.5" model work. You could also have the barrel shortened to 5.5" and it would be even better for your use.
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

570 is a good price. They are solid good shooting revolvers.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:00 PM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

The good news is I ended up picking up the 480 Ruger for $550! The bad news is that weather has been horrible so I have not been able to get out and shoot it! Thank you all for your input you guys made the decision alot easier. Thanks again!
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:19 PM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

One more tip, replace the factory grips with a set of the Hogue "Tamer" grips I think they are called. They make two different grips for the SRH. One is solid rubber, the other has a very soft rear section. The one with the softer section for the web of the hand is the one you want.

The 480 Ruger does not have brutal recoil but its noticable and my personal 480 always cut the web of my hand on the frame just at the top of the grip. In fact this really made me not like this handgun until I got the replacement Hogue grip and that made the 480 a real pussy cat to shoot. Best upgrade you can do for the SRH.

Ruger GP100/Super Redhawk Rubber Tamer Grip [80020] - $29.95 : Hogue Inc., The Best Value In Handgun Grips, Rifle Stocks and Accessories - Bar None!
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:30 AM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

@ fifty driver;

The pistol actually already came with a set! Thanks for all your help and advice. I really appreciate you taking the time.
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