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Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

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Old 01-22-2012, 11:14 AM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

Even better deal for you then!!!

You will really like this revolver, hopefully you have one that is less finicky then mine was. If you do find that your 480 does not like conventional weight bullets, be sure to test some heavies and see what it will do.

A 425 gr hard case from Cast Performance will work just as well on whitetail as it will on game 10 times heavier. Those large diameter, sharp edged heat treated flat nose bullets slap the hell out of lighter game and penetrate VERY deep on heavy game.

Plus, while the recoil may be heavier, they take all the sting out of the recoil as its just a heavy roll which I prefer.

Another thing to remember, while this is a high performance round, its not a 475 Linebaugh. There is no need to load it anywhere near this level even though in a 5 shot revolver the 480 Ruger can be loaded to run toe to toe with the 475. I have a Taurus 480 Ruger Raging Bull five shot that will drive the 425 gr to nearly 1400 fps, its not all that fun to shoot so I still load that one down to around 1200 fps.

Penetration wise, there is no measurable difference between 1400 and 1200 fps with the 425 gr CP bullet. Maybe an inch at most. Higher velocity with these big bore does not always add up to increased penetration. If you can get over 1100 fps, you have enough power to do anything you would need in North America, EASILY!!!

These are close range weapons, sub 125 yard range is best, simply because of trajectory. I have shot mine at 300 yards and it shoots very well off a rest and a 3-12 burris scope but the trajectory is severely steep a this range. I settled on a 1.5-4 burris and limit shots to less then 125 yards and have been very happy.

Best powder I have used has been H-Lilgun with a CCI-350 primer. This powder is much more forgiving then H-110 or W-296 as it works great at top end pressures but also works great at mid level pressures. This is where the to standard powders have problems is at mid pressure loads. For all around use, Lil Gun is my favorite in most magnum handguns.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:06 PM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

I won a 9.5" barreled Ruger Super Redhawk on GunBroker, rather unexpectedly. It is a great shooter, but the long barrel does make it a bit bulky carrying around. Had to go to a cross-chest holster for hunting. It is wearing a Millet SP1 Red Dot. Holding up well so far. May eventually go to a regular scope. I missed an opportunity on a doe last year while I was trying to find the dot in the scope. My fault, spent my range time testing accuracy from the bench rather than practicing off-hand and acquiring targets.

I'm reloading Penn Bullet 420gr Lead Thunderheads. Nice close range bullets with huge meplats. They bullets push rather than slap when they go off.

Good luck with your Super Redhawk!
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:56 PM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

Hello, I'm really surprised that I have not come across this COOL site before now. I tried to find some information on my 7.5 inch Ruger Super Redhawk in .480; This is my first Ruger double action revolver and boy do love it. I have always been a Smith & Wesson fanatic. My wife and I no longer hunt due to our age and conditions but we both belong to the Lost Dutchmands and GPAA. Not to long ago in the Angeles Forest while prospecting I was approached by a Black Bear who appeared to be more curious than hungry. I was carring my 3 inch Smith 629 loaded with 250 gr. Cor-bons, not wanting to harm him I used a "Canned Air Horn" which sent him scurring into the bushes. about ten minutes later he was back skirting my claim area. The second blast did not send him as far away as the first one did, so I packed up my gear and left. I later checked into a Smith .500 but was more interested in the Ruger .480 because the idea of that 6th round impressed me to the point that it may make the difference between the Bear eating me, or me eating the Bear. Plus I traded a weapon that was no longer legal in the left wing state of (K)alifonia. it came scoped, accurized to 100 yrds. 100 rds. loaded, 100 not loaded and reloading equipment. I carry in in a chest holster with 12 extra rounds in Speed strips, I can't seem to find any speed loaders for it yet. Rally.

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Old 07-25-2014, 01:58 AM
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Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???

I was able to shoot a .44 mag last week and really enjoyed it, was thinking about getting one. Well, today i just learned about the 480 caliber and now i'm not sure about what to do.
Any recommendation on which one to get? Any thoughts and advice will be helpful. Thanks.
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