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#180056 - 04/05/17 07:33 PM Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley?
bigbore442001
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Ruger .480's ? Super Redhawk or the Bisley?
I was ruminating on this issue a bit. What model would you prefer to have for say back country large animal protection? I like the SRH but it is a rather large DA revolver. I like the Bisley as it defines what you can call a packable and portable sixgun. Something you could carry all day on a good holster. On the other hand, the SRH has the DA ability so if something big and ugly is on top of you, just a pull of the trigger can solve the problem. Plus it has the scallops on the barrel if you want to pop an optical sight on it for some long range shots. So. Chances are that I will not do a solo hike into the Bob Marshall Wilderness nor take a 4x4 trip to the Arctic Circle in Alaska but I do like to daydream a tad. So any replies would be welcomed.

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#180057 - 04/05/17 08:10 PM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: bigbore442001]
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I don't shy away from single-action revolvers for backup duty. Yeah, they are harder to manipulate one handed than a DA revolver, but I don't think it's a deal breaker. I think it boils down to preference. All of the SRHs I have owned have been accurate revolvers. My .480 Bisley is also very accurate, but it's much more pleasurable to carry in stock form. Cut and SRH's barrel back to 5-inches and it becomes pretty packable. Six of one, half a dozen of another...
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#180058 - 04/05/17 08:49 PM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: Whitworth]
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Nice choice to have to make. If you want a packable gun that's used for general purpose (hunting, defense) I wouldn't hesitate getting the Bisley in 6.5". But I wouldn't want to add the weight of a scope. Also the scope makes it more awkward to pack around.
I use a Bisley Super Hunter w/ 7 1/2" barrel in .44 mag. with a scope. It's great for hunting from a tree-stand or blind. Not as packable because of the scope also hurts the defensive use. All the same goes for the SRH!!! Then again if you want an easy carry gun for defense first and occasional hunting, maybe a .480 Alaskan!

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#180060 - 04/05/17 10:59 PM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: bigbore442001]
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If you aren't stuck on the 480, you might want to take a look at the 4.2" Redhawk in 45 Colt. A 452" diameter slug doesn't lack much to a 475"er, and the size of the gun would make for easier packing than either of those 480 options.
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#180061 - 04/06/17 05:56 AM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: s4s4u]
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At 13" overall length and 53oz for the SRH vs 12.4" and 49.2oz for the Bisley, I don't see a huge difference. Really personal preference, trigger reach and fit will be far more important.

I know I don't have the experience of many on this site, but a 5" barrel strikes me as ideal for a packable woods gun. Now if they made the Toklat in 480 you'd have the perfect solution. Alternatively, buy your choice and get a custom smith to trim it down to size.

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#180062 - 04/06/17 06:27 AM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: Walkingthemup]
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I prefer double action revolvers. A Super Redhawk cut down to 5" like this 44 is an easy packing gun.


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#180066 - 04/06/17 09:38 AM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: ruger4570]
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 Originally Posted By: ruger4570
I prefer double action revolvers. A Super Redhawk cut down to 5" like this 44 is an easy packing gun.



I like that old junky thing. lol
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#180090 - 04/07/17 03:11 PM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: reflex264]
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 Originally Posted By: Walkingthemup
At 13" overall length and 53oz for the SRH vs 12.4" and 49.2oz for the Bisley, I don't see a huge difference. Really personal preference, trigger reach and fit will be far more important.

I know I don't have the experience of many on this site, but a 5" barrel strikes me as ideal for a packable woods gun. Now if they made the Toklat in 480 you'd have the perfect solution. Alternatively, buy your choice and get a custom smith to trim it down to size.

Exactly! Contrary to popular perception, that the Super Redhawk is a massive monstrosity many pounds heavier than a good single action, it really isn't. Its weight is on par with a standard Redhawk and only an ounce or two heavier than a comparable Bisley. I haven't weighed my .44 SRH but my .480 SRH is only 1oz heavier than a 7?" Bisley .44Mag.

That said, I would choose a 4 5/8" Bisley and it wouldn't have to be a .480. The .44Mag and .45Colt will do nicely, with the right bullet. When you spend as much time as some of us do running single actions, there is little advantage to a double action.

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#180097 - 04/07/17 08:13 PM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: Craig44]
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 Originally Posted By: Craig44
Exactly! Contrary to popular perception, that the Super Redhawk is a massive monstrosity many pounds heavier than a good single action, it really isn't.


To support that observation, this a pic of my GP100 siting on top of my SRH and as can be seen there really isn't much difference other than the width. Nobody refers to the GeeP as a monstrousity.
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#180134 - 04/10/17 08:52 PM Re: Ruger 480 SRH or Bisley? [Re: s4s4u]
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Though not in the .480, I have a Bisley Hunter in .44 Mag and the grip just doesn't work for my hands. Actually, I'm looking to sell it. Even though the SRH is a bit larger, its grip fits me better and I upgraded the original grip to the latest from Ruger which are a bit wider to help spread the recoil and increase conrol.

My SRH with UltraDot is about to get some range time as I need to come up with some loads for an upcoming cape buffalo hunt.
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