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? Indeed. A lubricant with some staying power at the front and back of the cylinder are required to keep them running. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger adjustable rear sight (image courtesy JWT for In other words you can hike with confidence carrying a cylinder full of the Buffalo Bore target or lighter load. Single handed off-hand groups at 25 yards with the Hornady round measured between 5” and 6”, but that’s more of a shortcoming of the shooter than the gun itself. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for new articles, contact us today! i’d like to try the bisley grip. Nah. #222 of 1000 turnbull color case hardened & blued, rosewood grips with ruger insignia. Some critters are just tough. When fired, by way of design, the barrel flips upward pressuring the grip downward. Ruger decided to only make the New Model Blackhawk and Super Blackhawk in one frame size. I am also wondering if I should try shooting 305 grain loads and see if it groups those a lot better than the 240 grain loads. Well built. pretty much any labor provided by either of those gunsmiths is several times my purchase price. The Buffalo Bore ammo is excellent and looks to be nearly hand loaded. I used two hands to shoot the Ruger .480 but one handed shots are possible too. Ruger has merely copied this design for their Bisley labeled guns. You can bookend the “brushiness” of the polish with Colt being the finest and Ruger being, well…not the finest. I have one of these, up to 140 rounds through it, and all I can say about it is . You may have to register … It’s very easy to fix. Sounds like that might be about all I should expect. The wood to metal fit is acceptable, but not exceptional. As best I recall he found that the DRTs died of stroke depending on what the heart muscle was doing at the moment of impact. And that’s why I like the big bores. The purpose for this purchase was I wanted a magnum single action revolver which is more powerful than the .44 Remington magnum and less powerful than the S&W .460 and .500 Magnums. Well, $4 wasted. Love the Smith revolvers, too, with a 1980s 686, a Model 10-7, and a 29, there’s just something about ’em. The result of the Ruger cartridge in the Ruger revolver is a portable powerhouse that’s easy to carry, capable of hunting just about everything but a few of the African dangerous game animals, and yet still reasonable enough in recoil to allow for plenty of practice sessions on the range. Anyone have authoritative information on how long a deer should usually function after instantaneous heart (circulatory) failure? The Super Redhawk is a big gun that when scoped with a handgun optic like this Burris 1.5-4X weighs more than four pounds, but that weight helps make powerful cartridges like the .480 Ruger easier to manage. The result was close to spiritual. Moving a bit down the scale is the .454 Casull and the .475 Linebaugh. By the way I am happy to hear that your deer dropped so quickly. I usually check with them before seeing what other distributors are offering. Recently I acquired a stainless steel Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley in the amazing .480 Ruger caliber. Very tough to choose but I will. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger muzzle (image courtesy JWT for Gadsden, also in Year Three waiting on a custom Randall build, it’s a loooong wait. My original vaquero was accurate with 900 fps loads but would spray the paper when I jumped up to 1200 or so. First, and the most obvious, is the grip shape. At no point, even with rounds that were right at the top of the SAAMI pressure listing, were there any signs of over-pressure. Great review of the Ruger super blackhawk bisley 480. Remember, the heavier the bullet, the heavier the recoil. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines. It’s pretty rare that I’d do 50 rounds of that kind of shooting at once, if for nothing other than the cost. Ruger’s single-­action Super Blackhawk Bisley is a stainless steel, five-­shot revolver chambered in .480 Ruger, a cartridge that fires the same projectiles launched by … All in all, I’ve now put 220 rounds through this revolver, with a variety of charges, powders, and bullets, both homemade and commercial. 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. The hand loader will be able to unleash the full potential of the .480 Ruger. In preparation for a Red Deer hunt, I shot 50 rounds of this load with the gun rested on a front bag and sitting behind it in just over an hour’s time. A bit over three and a half pounds isn’t bad, but I’d prefer lighter. Front Sight: Serrated Ramp There are only two series I collect just for the sake of having them (I shoot the heck out of them, too), and one of them is the Ruger Blackhawk series in calibers that start with .4. 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. Sometimes, and especially with the Rugers of over 10 years ago, you’ll find very tight cylinder throats or chambers, and larger bore diameters. The “Hunter” series of Ruger Bisley’s have 7½” barrels, and that’s just too long and cumbersome to draw., Buffalo Bore Ammunition The Hornady 325 grain bullet traveled over 1,290 fps which resulted in excellent food pounds of energy. I would need a gunsmith to evaluate and do that. But i’d trade her and throw in a used grand kid or 2 for that revolver. (image courtesy JWT for This article will be out later in 2018. What kind of beer do you stock in a Rock Bar? Sometimes they are DRT. As it is, the finish is just fine for a working gun. Brother a day of digging holes with a steel pole and a coffee can earns you whatever beer you want. Ridge, if you order from Randll it’s about a five year wait. I'd like to run them around 950 fps. I’d suggest the Este Lauder counter at your local mall. I wish somebody had put up a propper review of front sight appropriate nail polishes. I prefer the Ruger grips. Calling them “Thunder and Lightning” wouldn’t be a stretch, but their proper names are the .480 Ruger and .454 Casull. I have 18 left of a 20 count box of “high veloicity” (but by the book) 475L loads collecting dust. jwt, as an aside. Probably the most handsome Randall I’ve ever bought. The gun seems to like the wider, heavier bullets. January 26, 2017 He had a suspicion and was a logical fellow so he conducted autopsies on those who dropped in their tracks. Pretty sure it depends what else is in the shop and how “entertaining” the work you want done is. Yep. “Hump? That was a bit expensive. Manufacturer: Ruger Model: New Model Super Blackhawk Bisley Sku: 0872 Caliber: .480 Ruger Capacity: 5 Rounds Barrel Length: 4.62" Material: Stainless Steel Ventures into high-performance revolvers began in the 1970s with Dick Casull and John Linebaugh, who utilized everything from Colts to Ruger .45 Blackhawks. It’s pretty rare to get one of these Ruger revolvers to blow up. I wanted this one purely because of the caliber, and also because I thought the Super Blackhawk was just perfect for it. The .475 Linebaugh is essentially a blown out, cut down, .45-70 Government cartridge. The throats miced .449. If you look carefully at the photo of the front sight in the article, you can still see the sheen of where the polish was before it flaked off. 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. At some point I’ll start shooting .454s. Then make the jump to .454. There’s just no replacement for displacement. Transfer bar mechanism and loading gate interlock provide an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge. Of course the beauty of a .454 is you can load up some .45 Colts to get used to the gun and work your way up to heavy ruger only .45s. Rear Sight: Adjustable Lubrication. Not too many people review the 480 so it’s hard to get a accurate information on one. Shooting off a front bag at 25yards, this round scored extremely consistent 2” five-round groups on average for four-shot strings. My first pistol was a Ruger Super Single Six with the 6.5 inch barrel which included the .22 LR and .22 magnum cylinders. 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. With your medical background, your comments would be appreciated. Although the recoil is not inhumane, it is quite stout. Ruger’s transfer bar eliminates this issue and allows the shooter to carry a full cylinder with complete safety. Suffice to say that about 15 grasshoppers lost their lives to that fivegun. Needs the scope rings. A steel front sight the same color as the base would be more appreciated. No guesswork involved. 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. 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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. .480 is just more than I need here. The recoil was very similar to the recoil of the Buffalo Bore of the 370 grain bullets. My oldest child put a perfect broadside double-lung pass-through shot on a big 4.5 year-old doe at 72 yards. Anyway, the most accurate and closest to a Bisley I’ve owned. For decades, Ruger fans have been waiting for a five shot large caliber single action revolver. It took a few days to settle down and get back to normal. As an added bonus, because of its shape, the Bisley hammer is much less likely to catch on the draw than the standard up-swept type. At this time, the .480 Ruger Super Blackhawk only comes in Ruger’s standard brushed stainless. That does make sense, but there is one problem with the theory. And,… those 410s at that speed will still shoot through anything. The overall length is 12.40 inches and tips in at 49.2 ounces unloaded. Either of those revolvers cost me more than 4x what the new FACTORY 5 shot Ruger Super Blackhawks are costing. Heck, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between this one and my Bisley in.45 Colt. She made it 15 feet. Then again; I have a rifle he wants. You’ll see when you compare the hammers and to the grip frame. That limestone is murder! They published a sister magazine the Accurate Rifle which was mostly oriented to big game hunting, mostly in Africa. That rolling in the hand is a good thing for my hands. ©COPYRIGHT 2020, THETRUTHABOUTGUNS.COM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. I have three on order now. Just let it roll. Anyone know of any reason this would be a … Surprising everyone, Ruger released not one 5-shot Bisley, but twin baby boomers. She dropped instantly. Ever since Sturm, Ruger & Company released the .480 Ruger in the love-it or hate-it Super Redhawk back in 2001, revolver aficionados have been brow-beating Ruger to release this cartridge in their popular single-action revolver lineup. The SAAMI maximum average pressure for the .480 Ruger … The quality of the wood is OK. That’s a shame, as many will dream of a case hardened frame with a blued barrel and cylinder. I put 3 out of 6 in a steel silhouette target at 210 yards off a sandbag with my Super Blackhawk Hunter in .44 mag with the 240 grain +P Buffalo Bore Deer Grenade rounds. Redneck Red Deer (image courtesy JWT for, Specifications: Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley, Caliber: .480 Ruger and i think the idea of fitting the bisley hammer is a great one. Even if it’s only by 1,000th of an inch, that combination will lead to poor accuracy. Here is the biological basis that I believe could explain this: That seems to yield the optimum balance between “flat shooting” (which means I don’t have to worry about bullet drop out to 100 yards), terminal effect (plenty of sectional density and impact velocity to drop deer out to 100 yards), and recoil. I’ll need one of those for deer season next year, so I think I’ll wait until season’s over to send that one to them. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger front ramp sight (image courtesy JWT for nail polish and tight holsters don’t mix well…, That’s a nice firearms. I recently picked up this same gun except in .454. Just don’t like the Bisley hammer. The foot pounds were awesome. We still have a lot of post holes to be dug at the farm. Most all are listed as sold out. However, I have found bullets around 400 gr very darned shoot able around the 1100 fps mark. Ruger Super Redhawk .480 This big double-action revolver/cartridge combination is a great blend of power and shootability. I like single actions and appreciate shooting them more than 15 round pistols. I had a .475Linebaugh Super Blackhawk built ~10yrs ago, and have since sold and replaced it with a custom Super Redhawk in .475Line. Your email address will not be published. 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. On the range, my own hand loads did best. The Super Blackhawk Bisley carries the same brushed stainless finish throughout the gun. When it comes to guns, I collect very few of them. Perhaps Walmart isn’t the best place to shop for polish. At right around $1,000 off the street, the Ruger is a very strong value and if yours is anything like the one I’ve picked up, it’s sure to last you a lifetime of hunts. 7 1/2″. That’s too bad, because it’s an outstanding cartridge, but maybe the Super Blackhawk Bisley is the right vehicle to drive interest back into Ruger’s big bore pistol round. There is a reason you see the cylinder throat and bore dimentions (I should have included the chamber throat as well). . For those of you who aren’t bullet nerds, let me put that into perspective. I bet you groups will tighten up and your wrist will thank you. The 1873 Springfield Rifle in .45-70 Government was used in the wholesale slaughter of the buffalo. I’m not knocking the .Ruger, Limbaugh or Casull. 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. 208-756-3434 He will also take orders for unfilled slots. The 6½” is about all I can comfortably wear and draw on my strong side. Contact us today about advertising on Warriors & Sheepdogs. I want to say that my state is in the top 5 states in the United States in terms of the number of hunters who go afield for deer season. Up on Hamilton Bowen’s page, Bowen Classic Arms, in his “Workshop” section, there’s a one-off .32-20 Ruger Single Six. I wanted my single action revolver to be manufactured by a reputable USA company. I figured it was a “lemon” because the groups are much larger than I expected. on my Lyman trigger gauge. Try as I might, I’ve never been much of a shot off-hand. I was looking at a blackhawk in either the 454 or the 480. Hornady .44 Magnum left, Hornady .480 Ruger right (image courtesy JWT for This makes reaching up with your strong hand thumb to cock the revolver easy. I’ve never unlocked the mystery of which it will be. It will not be able to fire any other cartridge. JWT, I used to subscribe to Precision Shooting Magazine which shut down around 10 years ago. But man, they are proud of them. It would be interesting to see if this 275 grain round would penetrate the heavy muscle of a brown bear. I don’t think I’ve ever found a revolver that doesn’t like a big lead round with a wide meplat. The fitment is OK. “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.”. Finish: Brushed Stainless In the video I produced, I review the New Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley chambered in the .480 Ruger. Early this year, Ruger asked me to perform some testing on both of its new Super Blackhawk models, all under the veil of secrecy of a strict embargo. The original Colt “Revolving Belt Pistol of Navy Caliber” was designed to shoot single handed. wide flat nose on top of 21 grains of H110. The 44 is a deer killing machine. Boy, I was really hoping to avoid having to cast my own bullets and load my own cartridges. 44 rem mag - 7.5 inch barrel. When it comes to the revolver itself, it’s not much different than a few other guns I have. I like this. The round then traveled downward exiting through the plywood supporting the clay leaving an eight inch split and destroying my sawhorse supporting the whole enchilada. In the meantime I will see what sort of accuracy I get from off-the-shelf, heavy-for-caliber hardcast loads. Some Kind Words for the .480 Ruger. Thus, I have been forced lately to order my .44 Magnum factory ammunition from online distributors and have it shipped to my home. 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. In shooting this magnum single action Ruger .480, I found it had some bite and recoil. And the second big doe that I shot this season went about 35 yards. Ruger Vaquero TALO Fastdraw 45 Colt, 4 5/8" Barrel, Stainless Steel, Short Spur Hammer. I have an old 6″ model 29 and can shoot full bore .44 mag loads no problem. More commercial ammunition options, more reloading options, more chambering options. I would highly recommend either to anyone seriously considering handgun hunting. I am pretty sure that GS650G was referring to single-action revolvers since you load them one round at a time (until the cylinder is full) and you unload them one round at a time (until the cylinder is empty). If I step up to 300 grain bullets, I might have to account for bullet drop past 50 yards, although that is better than not being able to shoot past 30 yards because 240 grain bullets lack enough accuracy to shoot beyond 30 yards. (1) Heart Shots 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. For delivery to you mail box: Bring your rock bar. My experience with deer and .44 from my Marlin lever has been no more than 20 yards w/ Buffalo Bore deer grenade loads. The big bore caliber, for a not-so-big-bore price, puts this revolver in a class all its own. 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. — heart shots: deer run a relatively long distance 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…. My Ruger should cast much better than jacketed – in general. The Freedom Arms .500 Wyoming Express with the 4 3/4″ barrel is everything the .480 is, and a bit more if you need it. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley in 480 Ruger If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Maybe you should give the ol’ Ruger another chance? Those teasers on IG were killing me. They can only function on whatever amount of residual blood/oxygen is “pooled” in their brain and muscles. Might like a Flat Top to have a lighter carry gun with punkin-roller loads. Hurts my arthritis. My reloads do all I need in Bisley or Winchester Trapper. That a pretty big hunk of lead moving really fast, and would be ideal for the largest whitetail, mule deer or wild pigs. Probably need to make sure the sight is completely free of oil or other contaminants also. The front sight is a ramp with the rear sight adjustable for elevation and windage. But there’s no way in hell I could manage 50 rounds in one session even with the plinking loads. 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. As it is, the finish is just fine for a working gun. I put over-sized in quotations because that’s what it’s referred to, but it’s absolutely necessary for a heavy recoiling revolver. great review. I would like to second this comment. Quickly Find an in stock RUGER SUPER BLACKHAWK for Sale at over 2200 Stores, Auctions, and Classifieds in one click! By Hamilton Bowen . The Ruger Bisley hammer just needs a little work on the back of the hump to fit the grip frame. The price was $38 for a box of 20 Hornady 325 grain hollow points. On paper, the Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley is exactly average, but this isn’t an average category to start with. I went to Mr. Stanaback’s site, wow, beautiful stuff. Good friend. The second round cut through the top of her heart. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I would dearly love to have one of these legendary six guns but the $2,000 plus price tag is beyond my retired cop’s pension. Mentioned something that I have no actual data that the.44 Magnum ( I say... 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