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    From the AMERICAN HUNTER (NRA): "The big news for 2014 is the return of the 480 Ruger Super Redhawk (SRH). Plagued with purported sticky extraction since its inception in 2001, the on-again off-again .480 Ruger SRH is back for good now, or so we have been assured."

    "...Back now with a 7 1/2 - barrel (like the .454 version), a revised front sight and new chamber dimensions (remember the complaint about the .480 SRH has always been sticky extraction),..."

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    I believe this is a new "coming out party" from the one 1 1/2 years ago or the one where they came out with the 5 shot or the one where they had a limited run...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonardC View Post
    I believe this is a new "coming out party" from the one 1 1/2 years ago or the one where they came out with the 5 shot or the one where they had a limited run...
    Nope. This is the new configuration. They tested the 5-shot cylinder and settled on a six-shot again with different bore dimensions, and a new barrel profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitworth View Post
    Nope. This is the new configuration. They tested the 5-shot cylinder and settled on a six-shot again with different bore dimensions, and a new barrel profile.
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    Got mine last night! Took it to the range this morning and put 32 rounds through it. I had no extraction problems with my hand loads. 355 gr WNFP GC, 26.5 gr of IMR 4227, CCI 350 primer, and starline cases. When I used the peace of brass (hornaday) that had been fired at the factory to gage my max cartridge over all length it took some force to get it out of the chamber.


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    Sweet! I do like the stainless better than the old Ruger grey. I wonder why Ruger has redone the front sight the way they are now.
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    Who distributes them? The 480 isnt listed on Rugers website.

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    I don't know who distributes them. The local guys couldn't order one for me, but found it on gun broker. The paper work from the factory had a date stamp of March 26 2014, so I believe it was made this year.

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    Davidsons has these in stock, MSRP is $1079. They can probably be had for less though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snyd View Post
    Have you seen this gun yet Whit?
    Yeah, Snyd, it's my article. The one I have shoots lights-out. One of the most accurate revolvers I have laid hands upon. Really happy with it.

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    Does it come in the matte grey like before or just stainless?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitworth View Post
    Yeah, Snyd, it's my article. The one I have shoots lights-out. One of the most accurate revolvers I have laid hands upon. Really happy with it.
    The original 480's shot lights out as well, not surprised the new ones also shoot great.

    So who do we bug for a 480 toklat?
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    The original 480's shot lights out as well, not surprised the new ones also shoot great.

    So who do we bug for a 480 toklat?
    The Kid. He faked a .44 one for me before Ruger built them. Sure love mine (Toklat) in .454.


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    I saw a 480 Alaskan at 3bears in Kenai yesterday if anyone is looking for one...

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    Ruger has these listed on their web site now.

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    I'd like to see a Super Redhawk along the lines of the Ruger/Talo Toklat in .480. 5" barrel and all.
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    I have an older one with 7.5 inch barrel and it is one of my favorite handguns. I initially had problems with case extraction, the load I was using called for Unique powder and I was using Hornady brass. I'm not bad mouthing either just stating the facts. I switched to Starline brass, H110 and W296 powder. Problem solved!! Still not sure if it was the brass or the powder.
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    It's a pressure thing. I've burned pounds of Unique in my 480 using Hornady brass, some cases which have been loaded 20+ times. Factory ammo is sticky in my 480, my handloads fall right out of the cylinder.

    I actually look at that is a good thing as I prefer to operate at lower pressures. So when I work up loads if I get sticky extraction I know I'm at factory pressure, and I back my loads off. My standby load is a 400 gr cast over 21 gr H-110, clocks right at 1200 fps from the 7 1/2" barrel. I have to add several more grains of H-110 to get to the point of sticky extraction, and my groups open up compared to the 21 gr charge.
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    Weren't there some reports of issues with the Hornady brass early on? Particularly with the factory loads. Sticky cases. I've shot my buddies 480 with a 420gr H110 load, starline brass and the cases drop right out.
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