My daughter says “gell type” was the wrong choice. What was out of the ordinary was the lack of end shake and the minimal cylinder gap. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Love the Smith revolvers, too, with a 1980s 686, a Model 10-7, and a 29, there’s just something about ’em. Brother a day of digging holes with a steel pole and a coffee can earns you whatever beer you want. Roll those 410s you wrote about back to around 1100 FPS. No doubt this simplified the manufacturing process, but for those wanting a .357 Magnum or similar revolver in the smaller sized frame like the Original Colt SAA were disappointed, whereas the Old Model Blackhawk in .357 Magnum would fit a holster designed for the Colt SAA the New Model Blackhawk would not. Get the Best Price! ©2020 Warriors and Sheepdogs. Don’t get me wrong, I buy a lot of guns, but I generally shoot them for a few years and then sell them or give them away. The other reason for requesting the Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley was to test and write an article for the world class magazine, Gun World. The trigger is just kind of an inconsistent slide until the gun goes bang. Later I received ammo samples from Buffalo Bore Ammunition. I have noticed when shooting heavy .45 Colt ammunition (310gr at 1,200fps) the base pin will tend to walk forward towards the muzzle bit by bit. The Hornady 325 grain bullet traveled over 1,290 fps which resulted in excellent food pounds of energy. I also went with .44 Magnum a while back so that I could purchase ammunition almost anywhere. When you load and unload one at a time you place shots more carefully. The exception is my 44 magnum flat top. Any of those latter calibers are generating more energy at a hundred yards than the 45 Colt does, even the Ruger only loads, at the muzzle. Ruger's New Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum Is Simply Fierce by Kyle Mizokami In the world of large caliber handguns, the most popular and powerful caliber by far is .44 Remington Magnum. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger cylinder base pin (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). The .480 Ruger was originally chambered just in the heavy double action Ruger Super Redhawk revolver, but the good folks at Lipsey’s listened to customer demand and asked for the .480 to be chambered in the comparatively lighter single action Super Blackhawk. Ballistics mentioned here are what I get with the 410 grain bullet and 1250 fps is a good place to be with it. Nothing else to say but WOW! And it’s downright comforting. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger off-hand (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). My original vaquero was accurate with 900 fps loads but would spray the paper when I jumped up to 1200 or so. Randall dealers only get so many. JWT, I used to subscribe to Precision Shooting Magazine which shut down around 10 years ago. The .475 Linebaugh is essentially a blown out, cut down, .45-70 Government cartridge. Lubrication. Ever since then I have had the bug for a big bore single action revolver. The original Colt “Revolving Belt Pistol of Navy Caliber” was designed to shoot single handed. Contact us today about advertising on Warriors & Sheepdogs. That was a bit expensive. I have one of these, up to 140 rounds through it, and all I can say about it is . Check out the video to see this amazing firearm and ammunition in action. I’ve dropped back to .45 Colt for now. It will do another 50 fps over that, but the group starts to open up a bit at the top of the pressure limit. Appreciate the direction, the man is quite an artisan. Ruger's new Super Blackhawk revolvers in .480 Ruger and .454 Casull are excellent options for handgun hunters and fans of big-bore revolvers. Thus, I have been forced lately to order my .44 Magnum factory ammunition from online distributors and have it shipped to my home. There used to be a few options for drop-in replacements available, but they seem to be discontinued. I bet you groups will tighten up and your wrist will thank you. The “Hunter” series of Ruger Bisley’s have 7½” barrels, and that’s just too long and cumbersome to draw. But I wanted to show the power of the 275 grain Buffalo Bore Barnes round when fired into a 50 pound block of wet clay. That said, the top loads of the 480 Ruger are producing more energy at 100 yards than that heavy 45 Colt does at the muzzle. Subscribe now and be notified when new posts are published. I can tell because when I take it to the range, my first shot is always in the black. The round smashed through her last rib, traveling diagonally through the animal, shattered the top of her femur and a chunk of her pelvis, then exited the body. Although the .480 Ruger was originally made for the Super Redhawk, it really seems perfect for the Super Blackhawk Bisley. Deer hunting is HUGE in my state. No more blood goes to that deer’s brain or muscles. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for new articles, contact us today! Because, well, it isn’t. I would, however, recommend that you be sitting down when you look at the price for a box of 20 rounds. The .480 Ruger is no slouch in punch, but ultra magnums like the .460 and .500 Smith & Wesson magnums certainly produce more power, and in the guns they are typically chambered in, equal or less recoil. What hump?”. A Hand Cannon You Can Shoot Without the Need for Rehab. Introducing the Ruger 480. Lancome would also work. Sounds like that might be about all I should expect. And, while I like to think of myself as a decent amateur gunsmith, there is no way that I trust myself to measure and/or change the throat dimensions on my revolver. probably well worth it. The entire bad-boy is finished in satin stainless. I wish somebody had put up a propper review of front sight appropriate nail polishes. Even if it’s only by 1,000th of an inch, that combination will lead to poor accuracy. — lung shots: deer run a relatively short distance. Kinda the old 30-06 vs 300 win mag debate, Excellent review! I know the 454s recoil snaps no matter what gun but I wanted to see how the recoil compared to the 480. I used two hands to shoot the Ruger .480 but one handed shots are possible too. The price was $38 for a box of 20 Hornady 325 grain hollow points. MSRP: $1,049 (Lipsey’s distributor exclusive). Limited searching, but I couldn’t see what rounds the .480 guns can chamber…the article implies .45 colt can be fired, is that correct? She made it 15 feet. Hornady .44 Magnum far left, Hornady .480 Ruger Center, 410gr Hand Load Right. If you stop a deer’s heart, how long can it function on the residual blood/oxygen in its brain and muscles? Those Rugers with the Colt barrels are something unique, to say the least. And the second big doe that I shot this season went about 35 yards. Heavier hollow points such as the Hornady 325 grain would have no problem. A good hundgun hunter gets a little closer then one hundred yards, inside of fifty I doubt the deer, bear, moose, elephant would know the difference. We gots first world problems, for sure. Probably the most handsome Randall I’ve ever bought. Heck, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between this one and my Bisley in.45 Colt. It would be interesting to see if this 275 grain round would penetrate the heavy muscle of a brown bear. None of my other Ruger single actions measure that tight, usually closer to .005”. The foot pounds were awesome. January 26, 2017 He is co-founder of 401-Kids Inc. Foundation (Fight Child Abuse). .480 Ruger is the caliber. The Super Redhawk was already the only 6-shot .454 Casull revolver in production, as all other makers used 5-shot cylinders to keep the cylinder walls thicker to handle the high pressures. Anyone know of any reason this would be a … I’ll wait less than a year for all three. With respect to how far deer run after rock-solid fatal gunshot wounds, I am wondering if I stumbled onto a pattern based on the personal experiences of several friends and family members who have shot and recovered a combined total of over 100 white-tailed deer. Oh, but one more thing… Since the heart is in tact and there was trauma, the deer’s heart immediately jumps to maximum heart rate and promptly dumps nearly all of the deer’s blood into its body cavity (through the holes in its lungs), thus draining the deer’s brain and muscles of blood and oxygen. The fitment is OK. Bottom line it isn’t like the old Rugers that would lose accuracy and need a new barrel every 20k rounds or so. Manufacturer: Ruger Model: New Model Super Blackhawk Bisley Sku: 0872 Caliber: .480 Ruger Capacity: 5 Rounds Barrel Length: 4.62" Material: Stainless Steel How long did it take to get your gun back? Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger hunting round group (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). 208-756-3434 Many hunters who carry single action revolvers for a secondary weapon, seem to think they need to have a .44 magnum or a caliber of equal or greater power. Keep in mind the heavier the bullet…the heavier the recoil. Recently I acquired a stainless steel Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley in the amazing .480 Ruger caliber. nail polish and tight holsters don’t mix well…, That’s a nice firearms. I have 18 left of a 20 count box of “high veloicity” (but by the book) 475L loads collecting dust. I usually check with them before seeing what other distributors are offering. By the way I am happy to hear that your deer dropped so quickly. The .480 Ruger is capable of acceptable levels of precision with commercially available ammunition. Grips: Bisley Hardwood Laminate And that includes busting through a rib, guts, a hip and a femur. The grip just feels good. Meat for weeks. Oh, and if you were wondering, yes, Brian Wilson of Frio County Hunts got me on that Red Deer. When you’re delivering a pistol round that capable of delivering 1,000 ft/lbs of energy at 100 yards, 5 rounds is enough. Although the recoil is not inhumane, it is quite stout. As it is, the finish is just fine for a working gun. The gun seems to like the wider, heavier bullets. To provide a little more perspective, this last season there were 15,000 antlerless licenses available for my county alone (although people only purchased something like 7,000 of them). An upgrade, like Bowen’s Rough Country rear sight, would go a long way to making the rear sight easier to see, as well as a bit more durable. Some critters are just tough. Perhaps Walmart isn’t the best place to shop for polish. ©COPYRIGHT 2020, THETRUTHABOUTGUNS.COM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ‘Unfortunately, the front sight is all black and easily disappears against the black rear sight edges, as well as against a dark target.’. The Buffalo Bore ammo with the 370 grain bullets ripped down range over 1,200 feet per second with the lighter target ammo at over 1,100 fps. This would certainly be easier to stomach than even some of the “cheaper” options from FA. I’m guessing that the bragging rights of the ultra magnums, no matter how heavy they are or how much they recoil, won out in the caliber popularity contest. Although, in practice, most stores in my neck of the woods do not have any .44 Magnum ammunition on the shelves, or at best just one choice of .44 Magnum (which is often NOT what I want). wide flat nose on top of 21 grains of H110. Overall Length: 12.57″ Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Just let it roll. The trade-off is that wonderful transfer bar. Ruger ~ New Model Super Blackhawk Bisley ~ .480 Ruger Description: This New Model Super Blackhawk .480 Ruger is in excellent condition. I have three on order now. Shooting off a front bag at 25yards, this round scored extremely consistent 2” five-round groups on average for four-shot strings. I have a Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum and was sorely disappointed when I could only achieve three-inch groups at 25 yards with factory Sellier & Bellot, Winchester (white-box), and Fiocchi 240 grain loadings. Came home and shipped Hamilton Bowen a .45 Colt Bisley. Pretty sure it depends what else is in the shop and how “entertaining” the work you want done is. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger markings (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). Ready to attract more customers to your business? For that reason, even though I love the look and feel of it, I was seriously thinking of selling it. I haven’t quite figured out the code for what Bisleys get what grips, but there is a theme in there somewhere. Rear Sight: Adjustable This position will dramatically increase recoil. The recipe I have in mind is the Cast Performance 410 gr. I’ve never unlocked the mystery of which it will be. That day. Thank you Nate. And,… those 410s at that speed will still shoot through anything. They can only function on whatever amount of residual blood/oxygen is “pooled” in their brain and muscles. In other words you can hike with confidence carrying a cylinder full of the Buffalo Bore target or lighter load. So, if fans of the channel recall, I bought one of the Lipsey's Distributor Exclusive Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley 5-shot revolvers chambered in .480 Ruger. In addition to their 325gr round moving at the same speed as Hornady’s, Speer also offers an even lighter bullet, a 275gr Gold Dot Hollow Point moving at 1,450 fps. I have one the Ruger Blackhawk 480's on order. In the meantime I will see what sort of accuracy I get from off-the-shelf, heavy-for-caliber hardcast loads. If pumping blood, valves open, then the sudden and above normal gush of blood caused the stroke, dropping them. What kind of beer do you stock in a Rock Bar? Sometimes they are DRT. 480 Ruger another proprietary cartridge. A cut down .45-70 case and it is considered the runt of the litter of big magnums? It’s right at the top end of what is still enjoyable shooting, and yet would do a number on even the largest of bears. In a move that is pretty uncommon in the shooting industry, Ruger looked at the .475 Linebaugh and figured some shooters might actually want a bit less of a good thing. Clint, Your email address will not be published. I was looking at a blackhawk in either the 454 or the 480. they always seem to run a bit after a lung shot…and the heart’s a pretty small target…. Any knife I buy has to work, at least some, so that’s a consideration for me. I'd like to run them around 950 fps. The .480 should be able to take that title, as its original Hornady loading of a 325gr JHP, easily surpasses factory loadings for the .44 Magnum, with very similar recoil in handguns of like weight.The future of this round remains cloudy. And yet it’s still easily packable in a hip or chest rig. Not as fast to shoot, load, unload or reload, admittedly, but speed isn’t always the only criterion. Chambered in .480 Ruger, a hard-hitting proprietary round with unmatched stopping power, these wheel guns feature ergonomic finger grooved rubber or western-style wood grips, traditional double or quick-shooting single action, satin stainless steel frames with cold hammer-forged barrels, dual mechanisms for preventing accidental firing, and adjustable sights. Then again, maybe they are minor strokes, and just enough to stop them until they bleed out. Most of the load data, in my manuals, is for cup and core bullets at full power. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger hammer (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). It’s pretty rare that I’d do 50 rounds of that kind of shooting at once, if for nothing other than the cost. It makes me feel funny down where I pee. Ruger was slick, pulling a fast one on us as rumors of a 5-shot, big-bored beast spread fast, far and wide among the big-boomer crowd. You can make — and now I have made — .480 Ruger brass from regular .45-70 brass. When it comes to the revolver itself, it’s not much different than a few other guns I have. I would be confident shooting at a cranky bear, black or brown, with any of these rounds. Worse than the Ruger. Sometimes, animals just don’t know they are supposed to be dead. All rights reserved. (I can only wonder what that might cost.). I have a Blackhawk in 475 Linebaugh. Although light loads might still be pricey. Just don’t like the Bisley hammer. The .454 is limited with lighter bullets, and heavy is always the better way to go. Calling them “Thunder and Lightning” wouldn’t be a stretch, but their proper names are the .480 Ruger and .454 Casull. I bought some 340 grain SWC-Keith style bullets for my .480 Ruger and I'm looking for some help with load data. “Hump? No, if you’re going to shoot a big bore, go heavy. I started carrying one as back-up after my rifle misfired and jammed with a deer in my sights…[crappy ammo]….never had occasion to use it, but i’m sure it would have got the job done at close range…. They prefer the same Cast Performance heavy flat nosed bullets as the other Ruger’s. These grips are simple, two-piece hardwood scales, set slightly below the steel of the grip frame. The commercial Hornady round shot 2 3/4” groups on average under the same conditions, and the Speer 275gr commercial offering shot the same average, but with a wider standard deviation. Ruger’s transfer bar eliminates this issue and allows the shooter to carry a full cylinder with complete safety. Screw lock basepin and considerably harder steel than you have in other Blackhawks, and I believe the action may be blocked from the factory. The 454 Casull has a greater recoil than the .480 Ruger. He had a suspicion and was a logical fellow so he conducted autopsies on those who dropped in their tracks. Thank you for the great review. Unlike the more common up-swept models, the Bisley hammer dips down before rising up to a flattened, heavily grooved spur. Your email address will not be published. First, and the most obvious, is the grip shape. The ones that drop in their tracks aren’t as interesting as the ones that run 300 yards flat out with half their heart missing. So you mean yes, the .480 Ruger and those other calibers will do something the .45 Colt and .44 Magnum cant’ do, after all. That tight cylinder gap is particularly important in the big bore revolvers, as the loss in velocity pushing the big slugs with H110 and Winchester 296 powders becomes quite remarkable when there’s a bit of space between the cylinder and the barrel. There are a couple of things that set every “Bisley” model apart from other single action pattern revolvers. The internet is your friend. That 410 grain hunting load is a different story altogether. 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