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#181887 - 07/07/17 11:59 PM .480 Ruger bullet recommendations.
Zee
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I'll be getting my Ruger SBH Bisley in .480 Ruger out of Purgatory soon and have already acquired the brass (Starline), dies (RCBS), and powder (H110) I'll be using to load her with.

All that's missing is my final decision on Bullets. So, I'm looking for bullet and weight recommendations for said cartridge.

I'll be hunting deer/pig sized game with the revolver. Nothing larger than that in a realistic future.

I already load 325gr WFN-GC in my .44 Mag heavies and 350gr RFN-GC in my .454 Casulls. So, I was looking to go for the 400s in weight. But, economy and need may kick in as well.

Basically, I can get:
340gr RFN-PB Coated Bullets (300 count) from MO Bullet Company for about the same price as 400gr WFN-GC Bullets (100 count) from Montana Bullet Co.

Which would you recommend or is there another bullet and weight I should look at?

Much grats.
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#181900 - 07/08/17 10:59 AM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: Zee]
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I have been trying to standardize on one bullet weight for my FA 83 in 475 Linebaugh. For my Texas Hill Country hunting of deer and hogs, I think I found one in Leadheads 355 grain LFNGC. I know it is less than your 400 grain criteria, but since the bullet isn't going to expand, you shouldn't need a lot of weight/SD to punch through your porkers. The nose length is about .380 and so is the meplat. I'm using AA9 and moving it out at just under 1400 fps. Very accurate, but still haven't used it on flesh yet. Too many other things to test! Just giving you my thoughts on the matter. I expect a full write up on whatever you choose.

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#181902 - 07/08/17 11:34 AM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: Mech 8]
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I mean, I'd LIKE to go 400gr just out of principle. I absolutely KNOW I don't need one for my critters. In fact, I might be better served with the lighter 340 and a higher velocity. But then, who knows until you try?

I know I like the price of the 340s much mo betta!
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#181903 - 07/08/17 11:36 AM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: Zee]
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I put a 325gr LFN-GC out of my .44 Mag Redhawk through both shoulders and spine of a boar at 80 yards and he just fell over.

So yeah, more weight isn't really needed in my case.
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#181904 - 07/08/17 11:39 AM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: Zee]
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"There's no buffalo where I'm going". If I had the money to spend on hunting big critters, I'd blow it on a new/another firearm first. Just me I guess.

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#181913 - 07/08/17 02:31 PM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: Mech 8]
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Penn bullets has a 355 gr Thunderhead and a 420 gr Thunderhead plain base that look good .Don't know how they would do at distance as they have a very wide meplat. The cast performance 355 shot very well in my Super Red hawk . They are pricey though.
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#181924 - 07/08/17 09:03 PM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: junebug]
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Look at rimrock bullets. Reasonable and great bullets. Ive been shooting the 440's putta mine but they have lotsa good weights for the 480

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#181925 - 07/08/17 09:40 PM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: tradmark]
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I only see two.

380gr GC
440gr GC

Edit: Found a third.
410gr PB
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#181927 - 07/08/17 09:45 PM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: Zee]
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The 275 X has been a pleasant surprise. Creates a lot of damage, very accurate, penetrates well, and has recoil the the 400s. I've taken groundhogs, deer, a lion, and a Cape buffalo with it. Worked everytime.

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#181932 - 07/09/17 08:55 AM Re: .480 Ruger bullet recommendations. [Re: wvhitman]
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Well, @ 300 bullets for $50, these may win out.

http://missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=377&category=5&secondary=&keywords=

The price is assuredly enticing.
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