Originally Posted by JonM
you can get the same if not slightly better ballistic performance with the 44mag from what i understand. i could be wrong just my take on it. just looking at the raw ballistics of a few loadings it appears to me a repackaged 44 magnum. im sure some one else will have better info. just my take on it.
The .480 Ruger delivers substantially more robust ballistics than a .44 Mag. Nominal factory loads deliver almost twice the muzzle energy. This round is just short of a .454 Casull. I have two .44 Mags, three .41 Mags, a .454 Casull (two if you count the .460 XVR) and a .480 Ruger. Each is an excellent caliber on its merits and each serves a different purpose. If I were to buy only one big caliber, it'd be the .454 Casull rather than the .480 due to the slightly stronger ballistics and - mostly - due to the ability to chamber the much more affordable and comfortable .45 Colt. And if you're not a handloader, .480 Ruger factory rounds are very limited in supply and expensive.