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Texas1911

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.44 Magnum does not equal .480 Ruger

Even though the case looks exactly the same size, and the grain weights are the same.

I was a bit surprised at the .480's recoil. Very sharp, nice and peppy. Very unlike .44 Mag.

I did not want a second go at that one. I will, however, shoot .44 Mag with content.
 

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I know the feeling.I had a 454 casull that was a wrist breaker.I just got a ruger .357 maximum in a trade so apparently I did not learn my lesson.I am not worried about recoil but I will be wearing some really good hearing protection when firing my new toy.
 

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Alan, I have to laugh!

A friend of mine has a nice scar on his forehead that perfectly matches the rear sight of a Magnum Research .454 Casull. Knocked him out cold!
 

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.44 Magnum does not equal .480 Ruger

Even though the case looks exactly the same size, and the grain weights are the same.

I was a bit surprised at the .480's recoil. Very sharp, nice and peppy. Very unlike .44 Mag.

I did not want a second go at that one. I will, however, shoot .44 Mag with content.

Can you say recoil?
 

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.44 Mag isn't that bad.

.454 Casull, .460 / .500 S&W, and now... .480 Ruger are on my one-time list. Although I want a big bore revolver still.

.454 Cassul is great because you can shoot .45 colt out of it all day long.
 

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.44 Mag isn't that bad.

.454 Casull, .460 / .500 S&W, and now... .480 Ruger are on my one-time list. Although I want a big bore revolver still.

I suppose that would depend on the revolver and the load you decide to use. I have owned and shot all of the "big bore" guns and my preference is still the 44 Mag. The 44 Mag is versitile and affordable to shoot. Since I reload, I usually make up a batch of target grade rounds, and then I'll make up some "Monster Slayers" for people that like to see big muzzle flash and massive recoil. these are typically 305 grain plated wadcutters powered with 25.5 grains of H110. Only a select few revolvers can withstand the pressure these beasts generate. But they'll make a 480 liook like a peashooter.
 

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I find that a Ruger SRH .454 is worse for me than a S&W M500. The extra weight and muzzle brake on the X-frame helps with the muzzle rise and recoil. I like using PAST or Uncle Mike's padded shooting gloves with either one. With the .454 my palms get tired first. With the .500 my forearms get tired before my palms.

20 to 40 rounds through either and I'm ready to put it down and use something else for a while.

Plugs and muffs together help, too.
 
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