Re: Ruger Super Redhawk 480???
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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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