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.480 Ruger

The .480 Ruger is based on a .475 Linebaugh case shortened to a length of 1.285 inches. (The .475 Linebaugh is based on a modified .45-70 case shortened to 1.5 inches in length.) The .480 Ruger is a by-product of the work Hornady put into developing a load for the .475 Linebaugh specialty revolver cartridge. The basic idea behind the new cartridge was a .475 with reduced recoil (compared to the brutal .475 Linebaugh) and an overall length short enough to fit the cylinders of .454 Casull production revolvers. The ballistics of the current .480 factory loads call for a 325 grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1350 fps from a 7.5" revolver barrel. Muzzle energy is 1315 ft. lbs. At 100 yards the bullet is still rolling along at about 1075 fps and carrying 835 ft. lbs. of energy. That is, as intended, about midway between the .44 Magnum and the .454 Casull in power. From a pistol zeroed at 100 yards the trajectory of the factory loads should have a midrange rise of about 3 inches, which makes 100 yards the logical distance at which to zero a .480 revolver for big game hunting. 

This text is based on information from “Cartridges of the World”, Hodgdon reloading manual, the cartridge designer and/or own resources.

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375 grs
Hodgdon H110
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ID: Bullet weight: Bullet name: Powder:
223 275 grs
Speer Gold Dot HP H110
224 325 grs
Speer Gold Dot SP Hodgdon Lil'Gun
328 400 grs
Lee Cast RNFP Alliant Unique
329 400 grs
Lee Cast RNFP Hodgdon Titegroup
330 400 grs
Lee Cast RNFP Hodgdon HS-6
720 400 grs
Speer GDSP Hodgdon Lil gun
24799 400 grs
Montana Bullet Works WFN-GC Lil'gun
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