The .480 Ruger is ready.

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    If you value your ability to write cursive, you'll get some rubber grips. I know they look awful, but they protect your hands in such a hot load. The grips you posted look great, but they're hard.

    I would just as soon shoot a lighter cartridge than shoot rubber grips on a SA.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    My shooting mentor goes with the same grips and padded gloves with his Casull

    My problem with shooting gloves is that of my Carney Hands. With gloves on, I can't grip the gun. Not with gloves that would serve as some degree of recoil reduction.

    That, and I hate things on my fingers that detract from tactile dexterity.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,082 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    My problem with shooting gloves is that of my Carney Hands. With gloves on, I can't grip the gun. Not with gloves that would serve as some degree of recoil reduction.

    That, and I hate things on my fingers that detract from tactile dexterity.
    remind me to send you a pic tomorrow. I've got some gloves I'll let you try if you want. Let me see ifn I can google them. Won't say where I get them....
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,147 Senior Member
    Great lookin gun, not crazy about the front sight but i do understand why. Ruger SA have always been my favorite pistols.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,617 Senior Member
    DAMN! That's pretty! I think I might have to buy one of tho. . .Wait. . .A Bisley frame?

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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,415 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I would just as soon shoot a lighter cartridge than shoot rubber grips on a SA.

    Keep us posted on recoil and the grips. I'd much rather shoot a lighter load, even with rubber grips.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,082 Senior Member
    It IS a sexy weapon. Even with the fiber sight. While I have found (on rifles at least ) I can't shoot them well, I'd be open for trying them on a pistol. I just can't get as tight of a group with that big dot. But I suck with open sights anyway. And yeah, the point of this gun ain't shooting tiny groups.
    Sucks getting old and losing your vision.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,839 Senior Member
    Will you scope it?
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,839 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    It IS a sexy weapon. Even with the fiber sight. While I have found (on rifles at least ) I can't shoot them well, I'd be open for trying them on a pistol. I just can't get as tight of a group with that big dot. But I suck with open sights anyway. And yeah, the point of this gun ain't shooting tiny groups.
    Sucks getting old and losing your vision.

    You get used to it after awhile, but it still sucks big ones.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    It IS a sexy weapon. Even with the fiber sight. While I have found (on rifles at least ) I can't shoot them well, I'd be open for trying them on a pistol. I just can't get as tight of a group with that big dot. But I suck with open sights anyway. And yeah, the point of this gun ain't shooting tiny groups.
    Sucks getting old and losing your vision.

    My choice of front sight is a little less about the FO part and more about the angle and sharper edge over that of the factory sight. I absolutely cannot shoot a ramped front sight as accurately as I can one of these replacement. There is just too much glare and fuzziness with a ramp.

    The FO just works as a bonus for quick acquisition. I actually aim with the sharp metal edge of the sight above the FO tube. Not the dot itself.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    Will you scope it?
    No
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • wizard78wizard78 Senior Member Posts: 984 Senior Member
    That, is a sweet looking cannon! Should serve your intended purpose well. What do you use when in the field, a front of chest holster or traditional belt/hip holster?
    The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts,
    the safest place to be is in someone's prayers,
    and the very best place to be is....in the hands of God.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,082 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    My choice of front sight is a little less about the FO part and more about the angle and sharper edge over that of the factory sight. I absolutely cannot shoot a ramped front sight as accurately as I can one of these replacement. There is just too much glare and fuzziness with a ramp.

    The FO just works as a bonus for quick acquisition. I actually aim with the sharp metal edge of the sight above the FO tube. Not the dot itself.

    I can see that.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    They have arrived!!!

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    Hope to get load work started this weekend.

    MLD Season starts October 1st. This will hopefully be one of the first guns used.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    The wider grips do help. Look nice too. I hope you don't regret all that recoil as you age. Those bullets look like sledgehammers.

    All the new SBH's must have 88 prefix's regardless of chambering.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    The wider grips do help. Look nice too. I hope you don't regret all that recoil as you age. Those bullets look like sledgehammers.

    All the new SBH's must have 88 prefix's regardless of chambering.

    I only have a couple that are brutal in recoil.

    .445 Super Mag (TC Contender Pistol)
    .454 Casull (SBH Bisley)

    Supposedly, the .480 Ruger is a lower pressure, lighter recoiling cartridge.
    We shall see.

    A .500 S&W is on the horizon.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    As much as I want to and plan to use 400gr bullets in this handgun..........there is absolutely nothing that I will likely hunt that these would not go stem to stern through at any reasonable distance.

    But, that's not the point.......is it?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    wizard78 wrote: »
    That, is a sweet looking cannon! Should serve your intended purpose well. What do you use when in the field, a front of chest holster or traditional belt/hip holster?

    I used to use a hip holster. Now I have one of these and really like it.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/966449/desantis-yukon-hunting-rig-holster
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,682 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    But I suck with open sights anyway.

    Says the guy who rang the 100 yard gong with the first shot of a rifle he'd never shot before!

    For Zee: That's one purdy shootin' iron, and as always, your excellent picture is joining my computer wallpaper rotation! :love:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,477 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    My shooting mentor goes with the same grips and padded gloves with his Casull

    My buddy says these make the grip feel pretty thick, but he shoots well with them.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,071 Senior Member
    Made some test loads and hit the range today.

    Hodgdon book max was listed as 27.0gr H110. So, I made the following:

    355gr RF-GC Matt's Bullet
    Starline Brass
    CCI-300 Primers
    1.632" COAL

    26.5gr / 27.0gr / 27.5gr

    My goal was 1,400 fps out of the 6.5" SBH.

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    Worked at 25yrds to give me the best determination as to which was the better load without human error envolved. Since I was using irons.

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    The first load was too slow and not accurate enough. The second was spot on in accuracy and just shy of my target velocity. The third load beat the speed at 1,414 fps but lost some of the accuracy. So, I think I'm going to go with the book max load of 27.0gr H110. It clocked 1,384 fps and grouped rather well.

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    Ain't nothing I'm likely to hunt I can't stop with that bullet at that speed. Gonna load up some more and try them further out next weekend or so.

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    The recoil is a little more brisk than I was expecting. But, amazingly, it is not bad to shoot. Pleasant even as compared to the .454 Casull in the same make gun. That sucker is painful. This one, has a decent muzzle rise but not much backwards recoil to cause pain. You just gotta hang onto the gun.

    Kinda nice. I am rather pleased.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • TrueTone911TrueTone911 Senior Member Posts: 5,720 Senior Member
    Always looks good when the holes touch.

    355 grain pill moving that fast would pack quite a punch!


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  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 2,850 Senior Member
    That'll work. :popcorn:
  • wizard78wizard78 Senior Member Posts: 984 Senior Member
    Nice shooting! :up:
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    the safest place to be is in someone's prayers,
    and the very best place to be is....in the hands of God.
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,161 Senior Member
    Impressive! Now get video with that in one hand and the new boomstick in the other. :popcorn:
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,712 Senior Member
    Nice lookin sixgun and good shootin to boot! :guns: :guns:

    Shoot now and pay later comes to mind because eventually as you age you may develop some aches and pains or worse from those hand cannons. John Taffin comes to mind who wrote after a lifetime of shootin those big boomers (far more than most folks) he found that X-rays showed hairline cracks in his wrist/hand bones. I will post a link to his article if I come across it again.

    Not sayin it will happen to you, but something to keep in the back of your noggin cause getting old (as we all do) kinda sucks all by itself with the regular expected "Can't Hep Its" without possibly adding more.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I really doubt you'll ever recover a bullet. :up:
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 2,990 Senior Member
    Very nice, quite jealous actually. I always like the idea of the 480 Ruger and lamented for years the fact they only chambered it in the SRH. Now they have it in a proper platform and my wrists just aren't up to the task anymore. Heavy .44mags leave my hand tingling these days.
    By default I have come to enjoy the milder shooting cartridges but I sure do enjoy your write ups and videos of the boomers.

    Sako
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,705 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »

    A .500 S&W is on the horizon.

    I turned down a 500 the other day. If it had been the 460 in the same set-up I would have probably made the trade.
    The Ruger looks really sharp. Everyone says the 480 shoots softer than the 454.
    I will be living through you on this and the 500
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 2,850 Senior Member
    I turned down a 500 the other day. If it had been the 460 in the same set-up I would have probably made the trade.
    The Ruger looks really sharp. Everyone says the 480 shoots softer than the 454.
    I will be living through you on this and the 500

    I miss my 460XVR. The buddy I sold it to told me the other day he'd sell it back to me if I wanted it back. Don't have the funds for it right now. It is a huge revolver, but easy shooting compared to the same cartridge in the Encore.
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