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480 Ruger or 454 Casull

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by packinheat, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. packinheat


    Mar 20, 2002
    I am going to buy a big Revolver and I can't decided between 454 Casull or 475 Linebaugh. I was set on getting a Ruger Super Redhawk in 454 but then I have been hearing a lot about the 480 Ruger. Then I just found out that Magnum Research makes a 480/475 single action. Now I am all bent our of shape. I've shot the 454 before and don't mind the recoil. I have not shot a 474 Linebaugh or the 480 Ruger. That BFR appeals to me though. I need some good advice about these big guns.

    MCNETT Load Developer Lifetime Member

    .454 SRH is a fine revolver. I have punished mine and it shoots like it was new. The 454 / 45colt combo is just as potent as the .475/.480 weapon, and the ammo is a lot easier to find.

  3. python1340

    python1340 Licensed to Ill

    May 2, 2002
    The .454 Casull is more powerful than the .480 Ruger.
  4. mikedb


    Jan 28, 2004
    brighton michigan
    I would go for the 454. You can always "plink" with 45 Colt ammo
  5. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    If your dead set on one of 'these two,'... I would go with the .454 casull.


    As some one else said too. You can always 'plink' or 'hunt,' with the 45LC. Besides, you got "plenty of punch," with 'both calibers', .454, or 45LC.

  6. paccw

    paccw ARE YOU READY !

    Aug 18, 2004
    You can also shoot PMC silver line ammo in 45 Colt 300 gr +P+.
    MV 1250 ME 1041 has it for 22.50 for a box of 50.NOTHING is cheaper to buy only reloading is cheaper.
    The standard 45 Colt is also good.... good for groundhogs ;e
  7. mister_cheese


    Sep 23, 2004
    The .454 Casull is a better choice since it's powerful. Guns chambered in that caliber can fire the .45 Long Colt too. I shot the .454 Casull too so i do know how powerful the caliber can be.
  8. MPG1737

    MPG1737 Beer Me

    Jan 9, 2005
    I'm still trying to figure out why people are still wasting time typing "long" before Colt.
  9. I'm sure if you shoot an animal with either one it would be able to tell the differance. The 480 Ruger shoots some big bullets, 405 grain at 1100 fps and 475 Linebaugh at 1400fps. If it was me I would go with the 475 Linebaugh so I could shoot the 480 rounds in it. I personally perfer the 454 since ammo is easier to get and that's what my wife bought me. :) I can also load some really mild 45 LC loads for it.
  10. Neither, I would get a 44mag or 45long colt pistol and froget the 454casull. Why put yourself thru all of that blast and a bigger gun.

    44mag with 44spc covers the selfdefense/plinkiing/hunting approach and has ammo on the shelf at a reasonable price and quanities. Also the gun is nowhere as heavy as some of the 454casulls revolver and nowhere as punishing as the bigger bore. 45 long colt or just colt ;) does the same at less pressure and less recoil. You must reload to get a good hunting load but other than that, it is a hair and then some hotter than a 44mag.

    just my 0.02c.

    Now I f I was planning a south africa safari hunt, then the 2 calibers you mention would be in my bag. ;f
  11. manintan


    Nov 21, 2004
    Kansas, USA
    I really like my SRH .480. It is my hog gun and does a stellar job at that. The factory Hornady 325 gr. ammo knocks the crap out of them...literally. For my April boar hunt I am going to try the Speer 325 gr. SP ammo. I 'spect it will perform well. Buffalo Bore produces some heavy ammo that I would use for griz' and such.
    Having said that....if I did it again I would probably go with the SRH 454 for reasons previously mentioned. You can practice with .45 Colt and there are some great loads for the .454. But.....if you decide on the .480 for hunting you won't be left without either. It has outstanding energy and terminal performance.
    I am going to crawfish on my previous and say if I had it to do again, I would save up and go for that S&W 460 after seeing it. I dig my Ruger, but I like that Smith. Very versatile. I know it is a bit heavier, but if your toting a heavy big bore anyway what's a few more ounces? I 'spect it will carry a heavy price tag as well though.
    I went out with my .480 today after adding a new set of Pachmayr Declerators and some RP Wilson springs to it. Very nice to shoot. No discomfort at all and the new springs made the double action much better. Wishin' I had the extra cheese to have a smitty do an action job on it, but it will do for now.
  12. Greybeard


    Dec 26, 2002
    North Texas
    As others have said, the .454 gives lots of versatility ...

    A buddy and I are waiting on Hornady to make the 200 grainers available to the rest of us. (Same projectile used in recent articles about new "S&W 460" getting 2300+ fps.) With just a 200 grain bullet, I suspect a "safe" 2000 fps may be possible from our SBHs - with less recoil than current projectiles.

    Or ... MCNETT, ya wanna add that to your "do list" and save us the effort? ;)
  13. Wicked96SS

    Wicked96SS Typical Gun Nut Millennium Member

    Mar 19, 1999
    Woodbridge, VA
    If size doesn't matter (heh heh heh), I would look into getting the Smith and Wesson 460 XVR, can shoot .45 LC, .454 Cassul or the .460 S&W Magnum...

    If you really want the big daddy revolver, look into getting the S&W .500... I have one and really like it. Fun to shoot, but it aint' cheap!! I reload for it now, so it isn't as bad. Great fun, great attention getter, and I am going to be using it deer hunting next season. Hopefully...

    Then again, I like huge revolvers...
  14. glockfoo2u

    glockfoo2u foo Glockfoo

    Mar 11, 2002
  15. Greybeard


    Dec 26, 2002
    North Texas
    Yep, the 460 looks particularly versatile - if one has got the bigger bucks to buy it and does not mind the additional bulk. By my calcs, it's about a pound and a quarter heavier than 7 1/2" SBH, so no wonder the recoil might seem "tame" to some ...
  16. wade farley

    wade farley Sonic 357 sig

    Oct 29, 2002
    kent, Wa.
    :cool: They are versitile. Ammo is easier to find, and like stated before, you can shoot the 45 LC's thru it! Just my 2 cents worth!!;f
  17. Cam Cooke

    Cam Cooke

    Dec 5, 2003
    I have a 7.5" Ruger SRH in 454 Casull and would recommend it over the 480 do to the versatility of the 454 and being able to shoot my 45 colt bullets for practice in it is great.

    I usually have about 1000 to 1500 45 colt bullets loaded and ready to go.

    The 454 can shot from my lightest cowboy action 45 colt loads on up to 360gr hard cast @ 1520fps and 395gr hard casts @ 1420fps.

    These hard cast loads are where I stopped with out any kind of pressure signs and the empty brass just falls out of the cylinder.