.480 Ruger

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About The .480 Ruger Ammo is a high-power, large cartridge for revolvers that was introduced into the markets in 2003. At the time of its introduction, the .480 Ruger Ammo was the largest-diameter revolver cartridge produced. The parent case used to design the .480 Ruger Ammo was the .475 Linebaugh Ammo. Instead of using the Blackhawk, the double-action Super Redhawk was chosen to chamber the new cartridge. The .480 Ruger Ammo was lighter and shorter than its parent case. The lower velocities and pressures produced by the .480 Ruger Ammo mean this cartridge delivers a less felt recoil and muzzle blast than the super magnum Ammo. Overall, the .480 Ruger Ammo is a well-balanced cartridge that provides a lot of energy without strong recoil. The overall length of the .480 Ruger Ammo is 41.9mm, and the bullet diameter measures 12.1mm. The 325-grain bullet variant of the .480 Ruger Ammo can travel at a velocity of 1,350 feet per second while creating an energy level of 1,315 ft.lbf. Manufacturer The .480 Ruger Ammo was designed by Hornady / Sturm, Ruger in the year 2003 in the United States. Uses The people who have used the .480 Ruger Ammo have claimed that this cartridge rivals the performance of the .475 Linebaugh while delivering less recoil, noise, and muzzle blast. This cartridge has been used for hunting deer families, but it can potentially take down any medium to large-sized game.

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Developed in 2003 between Hornady and Sturm, Ruger and Company, the .480 Ruger was designed for big game handgun hunters. The cartridge design allows use in revolvers with 6 shot cylinders, unlike most of the other “super magnum” handgun cartridges for large and dangerous game. 

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The .480 Ruger offers excellent penetration of large game for handgun hunting with recoil similar to the .44 Magnum in revolvers of similar weight. The added velocity and energy of the .480 Ruger make it an excellent choice for handgun hunting medium to large game, including apex predators.
The .480 Ruger was only available in the double action Ruger Super Redhawk revolver until 2015 when Ruger released the single action Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley model chambered in .480 Ruger.

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.480 Ruger Design

The .480 Ruger is a semi-rimmed, straight walled cartridge with an overall length of 1.65”. It fires a .475” diameter bullet using large pistol primers with a maximum pressure of 48,000 PSI.

Ammunition options for the .480 Ruger come in hard cast, hollow point, and polymer tipped bullets ranging from 275 grains to 410 grains.

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