Gun Report

Ruger Super Redhawk .480 Ruger

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The new Ruger cartridge was housed in Ruger's Super Redhawk. The revolver itself was well made of stainless steel, and was accurate and reliable. It came with scope rings, but it needed trigger work. The .480 Ruger is not as powerful as the .475 Linebaugh, nor as powerful as some 454 Casull loads. Some .45 LC loads approach its power, with better sectional density and more easily found components. We believe it is a marginally useful cartridge that others can easily equal, and there is little reason for this cartridge in this ungainly revolver.

Ruger Super Redhawk .480 Ruger

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There is not a lot of steel between chambers. Some misguided souls are re-chambering these Rugers for the full-length and more powerful .475 Linebaugh. There is enough cylinder length, but we do not know about the strength.
Three front-sight treatments. Ruger (left) has a red insert, and the front blade is replaceable. The Linebaugh-built .500 (center) has two gold bars for repeatable hold-over at long range. The Bowen .475 Linebaugh has a nearly vertical serrated-back blade on an extra-long ramp. This gun owner painted the rear surface bright yellow for better visibility.

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