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Offline ModernNaamah

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480 Ruger vs 357 Ruger
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:45:34 AM »
Hubby wants a revolver. He's a good sized fella at 6'7. His hands are large and he wants s big gun. We have looked at a .357 Ruger which I like, but our dealer also has a big .480 Ruger with a scope(?) for around the same price. Hubby likes the .480. Any pros and cons? This will be a weapon he takes with him because he works in a high crime area. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Re: 480 Ruger vs 357 Ruger
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 11:14:00 AM »
A 357Mag would suit him just fine and probably be more easily concealed.  Guns like the 480 Ruger, 460 S&W, and 500 S&W are really meant for handgun hunting or taking down grizzly bears.  As big as he is, he might be able to conceal one, but it's really overkill.

It also might cause more trouble than it's worth if he has to use it for self-defense.  An anti-gun prosecutor or an aggreived family could easily paint him as someone looking for a confrontation by carrying something intended for grizzly bears.  Also, if he does use it the police will take possession of it while they're conducting their investigation.  Which would you rather turn over to the tender mercies of the police: a $699 Ruger GP100 or $1079 Ruger Redhawk Alaskan?  Those are MSRP prices by the way.  You can proably find the GP100 for much less if you're willing to look for a used one.
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Re: 480 Ruger vs 357 Ruger
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 02:13:41 PM »
Agreed. Plus, the 480 is ungodly expensive to shoot compared to a .357. It is usually $2+ per round, and can run up around $3-4 per shot. It's an awesome gun for a boar or bear hunter, or just a big gun enthusiast, but for the reasons previously mentioned (IMHO, the biggest one being the legal nightmare if it was used in self defense) not a good carry gun in daily life.
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Re: 480 Ruger vs 357 Ruger
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 02:33:36 PM »
Also agree the .357 is a much better general self-defense revolver cartridge and handgun size.  If he really wants something bigger, then the .44 Magnum would be in between the .357 and .4780 in terms of power and revolver size.  Something like a 4" Ruger Redhawk or S&W 629.

I just bought a S&W 29 .44 mag Mountain gun from Cabela's (the blued version versus the stainless model 629).  It is real sweet.  Would not be too bad a size for carry on a big guy.  The nice thing about .44 Mag is that you can carry it with anything from .44 Special loads that are very similar ballisticly to the .45ACP, medium magnum loads, or full power magnum loads.

The Ruger 480, and other cartridges mentioned are for large or dangerous game.  Way to much for human self defense unless it is in the woods ore something.
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