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#174300 - 10/23/16 11:24 PM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: BBwheelgunner]
dan480man
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Haven't posted on this site for years. Darn near forgot about it and my password. But I'll post a nod for my 480.
Such a great round. Sold my 454 SRH, kept the 44 and 480 SRHs. Not a 454 basher, just when shooting big bores I use WFNs, and the wider the better. Love my 480SRHs target grey color. Great in the woods. I know the finish erks some people, but it's tailored for hunting. Heck, some people even pay to have their guns creakoted(spelling?). Ruger added a finish like that for free!

I load a 355gr WFN Leadhead at around 1200fps in the 480.
It is easily manageable in my SRH. Feels like a factory
44mag 240gr in my 629.

That 355 load lays hard into the animals I encounter.
I settled on that particular bullet, as it has the same sectional density as a .429/320gr. That's a LOT of SD!
Load a 320gr 44mag up to 1200fps and compare recoil to my 480 load!

The TKO value of my 355 load is equal to my earlier load of 425gr/1000fps, but with less (perceived maybe)recoil, and a flatter traj. (plus a lot less lead to pay for).
I've never recovered a 355gr out to 80yds or so, so the penetration is there.

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#174303 - 10/23/16 11:50 PM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: dan480man]
junebug
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My .480 likes the 355 gr bullet too.Shoots really well at 100 yds.
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#174320 - 10/24/16 11:24 AM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Well, since it is what I have, I would go with my Ruger bisley 45 colt. I may move up in caliber someday, but for now it gives me what I need. I currently shoot Montana Bullet Works 300 gr. LFN, but would make the switch to some heavier WFN in this case.

Snyd, I just have to tell you that everything from the finish to the grips on your Gallagher 500 is perfection to me. That is as close to perfect a handgun I have seen. You have fine taste, which has gifted you an even finer revolver.

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#182230 - 07/29/17 12:18 AM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: shorter11]
Jeffrey G.
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I have a 5 inch muzzle-brake 460 Smith and Wesson Magnum X-frame that will be back from their Performance Center sometime soon. With it, I can shoot hot 45 Colt 360 grain at 1200 fps, or 454 Casull with 360 grain at 1500 fps. And if all else fails, I can use a 395 grain cast bullet from Corbon. I am convinced that this one gun can handle any hunting or large game defensive situation a person could come up with. I like that if one arm gets hurt and unable to be used, I may still be able to shoot it double-action to defend myself.

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#182232 - 07/29/17 08:25 AM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: Jeffrey G.]
Whitworth
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 Originally Posted By: Jeffrey G.
I have a 5 inch muzzle-brake 460 Smith and Wesson Magnum X-frame that will be back from their Performance Center sometime soon. With it, I can shoot hot 45 Colt 360 grain at 1200 fps, or 454 Casull with 360 grain at 1500 fps. And if all else fails, I can use a 395 grain cast bullet from Corbon. I am convinced that this one gun can handle any hunting or large game defensive situation a person could come up with. I like that if one arm gets hurt and unable to be used, I may still be able to shoot it double-action to defend myself.


Hi Jeffrey and welcome to the forum? Have you tried .45 Colt and .454 loads in your .460? I'm curious how it shoots because I have yet to see one that shoots those shorter rounds well.
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#182237 - 07/29/17 08:01 PM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: Whitworth]
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LARGE game revolver? That's easy for me: The FA .475 Linebaugh, followed by the .500 Wyoming Express.

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#182250 - 07/31/17 11:16 PM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: 500WE]
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Today`s hunting handguns and bullets for large game have never been better....
454 Casull - 475 and 500 Linebaugh - 500WE and JRH - 460 and 500S&W...
Add to them a quality, heavy for caliber cast bullet along with the Punch, Barnes solid and hollow points, Swift and a few more, so the only reason for not taking what you want is lack of money to hunt what big game you like or not placing the bullet where it should go on the large animal...This can be an expensive sport..
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#182251 - 08/01/17 12:16 AM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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[quote=jamesfromjersey]Today`s hunting handguns and bullets for large game have never been better....
You have that right James.Plus the .44's and .45's You can also add scopes, red dots,and bullets to that list. Bob Milec in an early article said that he had a bushel basket full of failed handgun scopes and this before the 454.and bigger guns.We owe a big debt of gratitude to those who came before and paved the way by asking and showing the gun, scope,and bullet companies how serious handgun hunters could be,and getting us better products..We have a new crop of writers and experimenters now just as dedicated and well spoken as the old ones were[thank goodness].Now its up to us to carry the torch high.Aim small, miss small.
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#182301 - 08/03/17 04:35 AM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Hey James, I also choose .475 L; my custom Dixie Firearms .475; it has accounted for two bull elk and several muley bucks.

I've also taken 2 bulls with my Freedom Arms .454 but I really do prefer the .475 just 'cuz it's bigger, I guess.
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#182306 - 08/03/17 09:14 AM Re: Favorite large game revolver [Re: Gregg Richter]
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My current favorite, a BFR in .500 JRH with a 5 1/2-inch barrel and "Bisley" grip.

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