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#203377 - 11/10/19 12:02 AM Practicing With The 480
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Today was a really nice day & exactly one week from the opener of my elk hunt so I decided to do some shooting with my Ruger SBH 480 while the weather was still good, it's suppose to get rough in a few days.

My normal hunting load for this big 5 shooter is 14 grs of HS6 & the great Miha 385 gr HP seated in the bottom crimp groove. Normally you wouldn't use a HP on something as big as an elk but this bullet handles not only elk but even animals bigger than elk with ease. Cast from the correct alloy & run at the correct velocity it's a great game killer with great expansion & usually full penetration. Don't use this load without working up to it in any other gun.

I'm zeroed at 75 yds with this load but feel very comfortable with it out to 125 or so if I'm steady & something as big as an elk is standing still. I couldn't shoot in my normal spot today because there were some others guys already there so I had to shoot in another bay. I could only stretch it out to 52 yds & be safe so that's where I set up my chair so I could shoot from my normal Keith reclining position.

With my piece of heavy leather between my knees I touched off the first shot & it went a tick high, I forgot to allow for the closer distance. I ran the next 4 & this is what I came up with. When these big hollow points whack this piece of 1/2" 8X8 hard steel it really does the Teaberry Shuffle. Hopefully in the coming days I'll be able to ram one into a big cow elk. I'll never recover the bullet, it hasn't happened yet, even on bigger game.



Dick

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#203378 - 11/10/19 12:11 AM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: sixshot]
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Looks deadly

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#203379 - 11/10/19 01:19 AM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: Willicd76]
Vance in AK.
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Sounds like it will be up to the job & it looks like you will!
Good luck & have fun. Looking forward to the hunt report & the pics.
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#203381 - 11/10/19 07:44 AM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: Vance in AK.]
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GOOD SHOOTING, NICE SIGHTS, FRONT AND REAR. WHAT IS THE MV OF THAT LOAD?
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#203385 - 11/10/19 09:50 AM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: 45MAN]
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Good luck on your hunt, Dick. The shooter is ready, maybe the elk will be as well.
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#203386 - 11/10/19 01:15 PM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: KRal]
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How fast is your HS-6 4 load running??
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#203388 - 11/10/19 01:21 PM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Guys, I guess I'll have to look it up, can't remember & right now I'm headed down to the Wyoming border to check out the area, I don't hunt this area very much, usually closer to town so I need to see how much snow is in there & where I can get off the back country roads. I'll let you know on he velocity but I'm guessing around 1100+ from my 6.5" barrel.

Dick

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#203395 - 11/10/19 03:22 PM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: sixshot]
Russell
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When I first read the title of this post I was thinking you were shooting your Hortan custom. You picked up another .480 on me. Looks like it's a shooter.
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#203414 - 11/10/19 08:03 PM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: Russell]
Pa. Mike
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Nice shooting Dick! Who made the grips on your Ruger , they are beautiful? Good luck on your hunt I'm anxious to read about it.

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#203416 - 11/10/19 08:29 PM Re: Practicing With The 480 [Re: Pa. Mike]
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Russ, I think the Hortan 480 is gone
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