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January 24, 2008

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Redhawk Flies Again

The Ruger Super Redhawk revolver chambered in .480 Ruger, specifically designed with the big-game sportsman in mind, is back. Production was suspended early last year to address a fired case extraction issue. After a complete analysis by Ruger engineers, it was determined that to provide easy and sure extraction, all .480 Ruger Super Redhawk revolvers, including the easy-to carry Alaskan, will now feature five-shot cylinders. They will also feature a Hogue Monogrip for added comfort. The Target Grey All-Weather version adds a low-glare matte finish preferred by hunters.

The .480 Ruger cartridge produces a muzzle velocity of 1350 fps, nearly one-third more muzzle energy than the standard .44 Magnum cartridge, but with substantially less recoil than the other big-bore hunting handgun cartridges. This cartridge, developed by Hornady, can be said to effectively “split the difference” between the powerful .44 Magnum and other super-powerful, heavier recoiling hunting cartridges.

–Slaton White