Ballistics mentioned here are what I get with the 410 grain bullet and 1250 fps is a good place to be with it. But man, they are proud of them. I have a Blackhawk in 475 Linebaugh. I am also wondering if I should try shooting 305 grain loads and see if it groups those a lot better than the 240 grain loads. Improved accuracy drastically and added 75 fps on velocity with the same load. And that’s exactly what you want to do with it. Lubrication. features of the Super Blackhawk Hunter and adds the Bisley At right around $1,000 off the street, the Ruger is a very strong value and if yours is anything like the one I’ve picked up, it’s sure to last you a lifetime of hunts. a sturdy, affordable, and very accurate .44 magnum for I’d just spend most of my time, as with any of the big bores, with starting loads. once fired my model 29 off a bench and hit the target dead-center at 100 yds…not sure I can say the same about my Ruger…. Some critters are just tough. models and allows for easier cocking, especially with a scope My daughter says “gell type” was the wrong choice. accurate revolver that was tailor-made for the handgun hunters, I can tell because when I take it to the range, my first shot is always in the black. Unlike the more common up-swept models, the Bisley hammer dips down before rising up to a flattened, heavily grooved spur. that attaches the rings to the heavy rib atop the guns seven They were not inexpensive. Traditional single action cartridge revolvers can only be safely carried on an empty cylinder as dropping or striking the back of the hammer can cause the hammer to strike an exposed primer. I have both and enjoy both. He probably gets more than anyone. As there are many different sizes and shapes of hands, Finish: Brushed Stainless consistently putting 5 shots into 1/2" at 25 yards. I like the Bisley revolvers. In the hands of a good handgunm hunter there is nothing those aforementioned cartridges can do that a hot loaded.45 LC or .44 Rem Mag can’t. The sight set up of the .480 Ruger Super Blackhawk is a familiar one; a serrated fixed ramp front and square notch rear sight, adjustable for elevation and windage. Magnum, still among the finest all-around handgun hunting I’m not knocking the .Ruger, Limbaugh or Casull. Want to agree (or Ruger NM Blackhawk Convertible .45 Colt/.45 ACP 4.62" 0446. Just bought a used Super Redhawk in .44 with 7 1/2″ barrel to pair up with my Alaskan, added some wood Hogue grips and she’s a beauty. And, while I like to think of myself as a decent amateur gunsmith, there is no way that I trust myself to measure and/or change the throat dimensions on my revolver. Any firearm chambered in .480 Ruger will be able to fire the .480 Ruger. Then again; I have a rifle he wants. More commercial ammunition options, more reloading options, more chambering options. The Bisley Hunter carries a payload of six rounds of .44 The heart of Ruger's Hunter models is their great scope Shooting and showing the 7 1/2 " .44 Magnum Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter. I wish somebody had put up a propper review of front sight appropriate nail polishes. Might like a Flat Top to have a lighter carry gun with punkin-roller loads. MSRP: $1,049 (Lipsey’s distributor exclusive). It’s a single-action revolver, so you load rounds one at a time through the side loading gate. some who would like a few changes. The powerful Super Blackhawk made its debut in 1974, and one of the latest iterations is the New Model Super Blackhawk Hunter. $34.95. It features a 6.5-inch stainless steel barrel topped with a serrated black front sight post. Kinda the old 30-06 vs 300 win mag debate, Excellent review! Roll those 410s you wrote about back to around 1100 FPS. I told you and Dan Z. that I would buy a new gun this month to make up for only buying one in Jan. All this talk of Black Hawks has got me thinking that my Single Six needs a big brother. The finish is OK. And that’s why I like the big bores. were assembled using Mt. (image Joe Esparza for thetruthaboutguns.com). It will not be able to fire any other cartridge. They’re fun to strap on and hunt with, but not much fun on the range, at least at their top loads. I have no medical background beyond supporting a lot of doctors these days (I’ll turn 80 this year), but I am a mechanical engineer with a lifetimes experience in figuring out why an explosive train worked or didn’t by examining debris. I bet you groups will tighten up and your wrist will thank you. There are only two series I collect just for the sake of having them (I shoot the heck out of them, too), and one of them is the Ruger Blackhawk series in calibers that start with .4. I have noticed when shooting heavy .45 Colt ammunition (310gr at 1,200fps) the base pin will tend to walk forward towards the muzzle bit by bit. Thanks. My reloads do all I need in Bisley or Winchester Trapper. This is a premium bullet, cast hard and of the true You should take a look at Chris Stanaback’s site. Lancome would also work. Probably the most handsome Randall I’ve ever bought. These revolvers are now available only through Lipsey’s distributors. Culinary destruction aside, this Ruger Super Blackhawk is more than simply a larger magnum. with gray laminated grip panels, just as the SBH Hunter tested I noticed in another review of this six gun that accuracy with the 480 was not as tight as the 454 model. Ruger Super Blackhawk .480 Ruger (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). An upgrade, like Bowen’s Rough Country rear sight, would go a long way to making the rear sight easier to see, as well as a bit more durable. all loads tested. Once again, JWT tells me about something I didn’t know I had to have. We still have a lot of post holes to be dug at the farm. big honkin’ wood grips on my old model super work well taming the lowly .44mag. But I dont. The numbers that I picked seem reasonable and seem to fit the crude “data” that I collected. Probably need to make sure the sight is completely free of oil or other contaminants also. No, if you’re going to shoot a big bore, go heavy. I am pretty sure that GS650G was referring to single-action revolvers since you load them one round at a time (until the cylinder is full) and you unload them one round at a time (until the cylinder is empty). She dropped instantly. It prefers Hornday XTP bullets. I’m not a hunter, but after my first season hiking the Wyoming mountains, my .44 Mag 329 was feeling pretty puny after some close sightings of those “smallish” brown bears. For about $1,000 out the door, this gun is ready to hunt anything in the western hemisphere right out of that grey plastic box. You don’t get more penetration than a pass through. of an inch at twenty-five yards. When you’re delivering a pistol round that capable of delivering 1,000 ft/lbs of energy at 100 yards, 5 rounds is enough. Yep. It’s a single-action, all-steel revolver chambered in.454 Casull. trigger pull on the Bisley Hunter measured just over five pounds There were two roughly half-inch holes on either side of her body. Those teasers on IG were killing me. And so was every single action revolver that followed its pattern. new Bisley Hunter model is a worthy addition to the Ruger Grip does not come with cross pin for stirrup. The SBH is one of Ruger’s oldest designs. frame. Can a deer’s heart at maximum heart rate pump most of its blood into its body cavity in six seconds? It’s a lot of fun to shoot with plinking 430 grain cast bullet loads, surprisingly tolerable for a couple of cylinders of 540 grain Belt Mountain Punch machined bronze bullets, and easily good for 3″ at 25 yards standing for a few cylinders worth of either. It’s a single-action revolver with some modernizations based off the Colt guns of yore and a variety of SBH modelshave been available over the years. Shoot the factory Hornady or Speer loads off-hand and you’ll definitely know you touched one off, but it doesn’t feel much different than a full power .44 Magnum load. i could shape that to match the shovel handle profile. Thanks. Unfortunately I’m on a .44 magnum budget. I go through Chris Stanaback. Ever since then I have had the bug for a big bore single action revolver. Different companies do this finish different ways. Baldy that I have been shooting. Appreciate the direction, the man is quite an artisan. hammer, and trigger. The 44 is a deer killing machine. For those of you who aren’t bullet nerds, let me put that into perspective. I got to shoot all of about 20 rounds through a 4 5/8″ .480 during the summer. Because I … Moving on, there is the Super Blackhawk “Hunter,” with a barrel rib that extends out to the front sight for mounting a scope within those famous Ruger supplied rings. I have three on order now. I have always gravitated toward the ballistics of 240 grain bullets in .44 Magnum. I have a Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum and was sorely disappointed when I could only achieve three-inch groups at 25 yards with factory Sellier & Bellot, Winchester (white-box), and Fiocchi 240 grain loadings. At 70 yards. It’s pretty rare to get one of these Ruger revolvers to blow up. The fitment is OK. grip frame, hammer and trigger. My favorite Ruger Blackhawk, and my favorite .44 Magnum, is the Ruger Blackhawk with 6 ½-inch barrel. curved trigger. Oh, but one more thing… The Super Blackhawk addresses the issue with a larger, more massive pin that includes a simple screw. Click the following link to go to the GUNBlast Feedback Page. I guess I’ll stick with +p 45 Long Colt loads (“long” just to annoy the haters) in my Bisley. I put a pretty long string of punishing loads through the revolver, and never had the pin move a bit. You probably won’t ever wear out one of these as long as you keep it properly lubricated. While that explanation passes the sniff test, I have no actual data. This stag gripped Super Blackhawk belongs to Gospel Singer Paul Jordan. Just don’t like the Bisley hammer. The rib on the barrel is also machined to accept Ruger rings which are included. It’s I’ve seen more than a few shooters eventually saying “What was I thinking.” Now for a little dig, the Ruger doesn’t penetrate all that well, 454 Casull is better if you like spending money. The Hornady reloading manual has that same 325gr bullet going 1,500 fps at its maximum, and the Speer manual puts their 275 grain round 5 feet per second short of 1,700 fps. Features Bisley-Style Grip Transfer bar mechanism and loading gate interlock provide an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge. The grip just feels good. 410gr .475″ bullet vs 240gr .429″ bullet (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). This is probably the only place, and the only uses I have for grease in a firearm. (1) Heart Shots I love my wife. Ridge, if you order from Randll it’s about a five year wait. why not soften the ground up first with the .480? But i’d trade her and throw in a used grand kid or 2 for that revolver. No primers raised, and the fired cases always pushed right out without any sticking. I would, however, recommend that you be sitting down when you look at the price for a box of 20 rounds. Love the Smith revolvers, too, with a 1980s 686, a Model 10-7, and a 29, there’s just something about ’em. The Freedom Arms .500 Wyoming Express with the 4 3/4″ barrel is everything the .480 is, and a bit more if you need it. All in all, I’ve now put 220 rounds through this revolver, with a variety of charges, powders, and bullets, both homemade and commercial. Remember, unlike the double action ultra magnums, these guns were designed to cock and fire with one hand. I was greatly hand loaded. Barrel Length 6.5″ (4.62″ also available) The internet is your friend. Why? An accurate gun is much more interesting. i’d like to try the bisley grip. earlier. My experience lately has been that .44 Magnum 240 grain softpoints definitely kill deer (even when I hit them a bit high), but they sure do seem to run a lot farther than I would expect. However, as with the introduction of any new revolver, there are The “Hunter” series of Ruger Bisley’s have 7½” barrels, and that’s just too long and cumbersome to draw. The major bore diameter was right on the money, at .475” and the minor bore diameter was .465”. Thanks again for the review of a nice revolver for hunting just plain shooting. here. I’ll stick with my 7.5″ bisley in .44 magnum, blued and engraved factory cylinder. Description: Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley model chambered in .454 Casull. I usually check with them before seeing what other distributors are offering. If pumping blood, valves open, then the sudden and above normal gush of blood caused the stroke, dropping them. Limited searching, but I couldn’t see what rounds the .480 guns can chamber…the article implies .45 colt can be fired, is that correct? Hunter and adds the unique Ruger Bisley grip for those who The quality of the wood is OK. Randall dealers only get so many. Assuming there is enough oxygen to function for 12 seconds, white-tailed deer can run a LONG ways in 12 seconds. Hunter, with the differences being the shape of the grip, This position will dramatically increase recoil. The rear sight is also all black, and any kind of bright “U” notch would be appreciated. The exception is my 44 magnum flat top. I do love the “Ruger Only”loads in the 45 Colt. The “Hunter” series of Ruger Bisley’s have 7½” barrels, and that’s just too long and cumbersome to draw. Heavy bullets (with huge sectional densities) for the win! Baldys 250 grain Keith Worse than the Ruger. prefer its handling qualities. Excellent review. It’s a big gun firing a big bullet because buffalo are big animals. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger muzzle (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). It’s a thing. Unfortunately, the front sight is all black and easily disappears against the black rear sight edges, as well as against a dark target. That limestone is murder! And then some others just buckle and fall down. mounted. (I can only wonder what that might cost.). When comparing a S&W X Frame revolver chambered for the .460 or .500 you’ll find those guns, in a similar barrel length, are much heavier, and are usually ported or compensated. Just looking at me. Hornady .44 Magnum left, Hornady .480 Ruger right (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). That rolling in the hand is a good thing for my hands. The principal difference between the Bisley Hunter and I had the distinct pleasure of getting to stop by the Freedom Arms factory when I was out in Idaho/Wyoming back in 2018. Online shopping from a great selection of discounted bisley blackhawk model 0472 at Vance Outdoors. nail polish and tight holsters don’t mix well…, That’s a nice firearms. Good friend. Those guns may be pack guns, but they aren’t really belt guns. The ones that drop in their tracks aren’t as interesting as the ones that run 300 yards flat out with half their heart missing. I would like to second this comment. www.mtbaldybullets.com. Although the recoil is not inhumane, it is quite stout. Jeff Quinn. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger hunting round group (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). revolver. I would highly recommend either to anyone seriously considering handgun hunting. Quality gunsmiths, like Bowen Classics and John Linebaugh, take what can be done with the Ruger single action line to an entirely different level. bullet. The trigger is just kind of an inconsistent slide until the gun goes bang. Features Bisley-Style Grip Transfer bar mechanism and loading gate interlock provide an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge. Blackhawk Hunter. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley.480 Ruger carried. Grips: Bisley Hardwood Laminate which is a more vertical design than the Super Blackhawk grip The Ruger Bisley can also safely fire 45 Colt ammunition giving you a lot of versatility in an affordable big bore handgun. Man, it’s good to hear from you. I’m glad they made it and I’m glad I bought it. https://ruger.com/products/newModelSuperBlackhawkBisley/specSheets/0818.html, https://ruger.com/products/newModelSuperBlackhawkBisleyHunter/models.html. tested. especially those who like to hunt with a scope-sighted revolver. Required fields are marked *. Sometimes, and especially with the Rugers of over 10 years ago, you’ll find very tight cylinder throats or chambers, and larger bore diameters. I have one of these, up to 140 rounds through it, and all I can say about it is . and the Bisley. Ruger's Bisley models also Sometimes they are DRT. August 25th, 2003 A couple of years ago, Ruger reintroduced their Super Blackhawk Hunter model, which was reviewed here on Gunblast. The example I’m reviewing is a big ol’ wheelgun, tipping the scales at a hefty 2.7 pounds and measuring up at 10.5” overall, with the downright stubby 4.6” barre… I put a nice broadside double-lung pass-through shot on a big 3.5 year old buck at 65 yards. You mentioned something that I forgot to put in my review. There’s just no replacement for displacement. Thanks for nothin’, TTAG. That 410 grain hunting load is a different story altogether. No more blood goes to that deer’s brain or muscles. 7 1/2 ” barrel.i remember the 5 1/2″ Ruger Bisley in .44 Mag. This is a new Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum Bisley 'Hunter' revolver which features a 7-1/2" barrel, unfluted cylinder, red insert front sight, notched rear adjustable sight and very attractive laminated grips. Any of those latter calibers are generating more energy at a hundred yards than the 45 Colt does, even the Ruger only loads, at the muzzle. 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