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Range time should be spent on the
various field positions, while the bench
should be visited sparingly only to sight-in
and to check zero. Field positions should
include offhand practice, which I find to
be very useful. In fact, I spend most of
my practice time shooting offhand. The
two reigning offhand shooting stances
are the isosceles and the Weaver stance.
The isosceles puts both of the shooter's
feet on line (actually the latest trend is to
drop the strong-side foot back a bit but

The author likes his Ruger Super
Redhawk .454 Casull stoked with Swift
300-grain A-Frames in a Federal load.

not as severely as with the Weaver stance).
The shooter faces nearly flat towards the
target with both arms parallel to each
other straight out or slightly bent. Equal
pressure is applied to the gun  degrees.
This is great for defensive shooting, not so
good with a heavy revolver that generates a lot of recoil. The user of the Weaver
stance pulls the revolver with the weak

hand, and pushes with the strong hand.
I use a modified Weaver stance, with my
weak-side forward, my supporting arm's
elbow tucked to my side for support. The
Weaver (at least for me) is more logical
and comfortable. I boxed for a couple of
decades so a fighting stance (leading with
the weak side) is a natural for me.
Shooting sticks should also be part of
your practice regimen. I have a set from
Stoney Point (tripod) I am quite fond of. I
use them at the range, and out in the field.

THE PRODIGAL GUN

The big news for 2014 is the return of the .480 Ruger Super
Redhawk (SRH). Plagued with purported sticky extraction
since its inception in 2001, the on-again off-again .480 Ruger
SRH is back for good now, or so we have been assured.
The very first cartridge to bear the Ruger name, the .480
was met with lukewarm enthusiasm as it
couldn't compete for the most powerful
or fastest titles at its inception, standing in the shadow of Smith & Wesson's
behemoth .500 Magnum. However,
those with the ability to see past paper
ballistics didn't dismiss this new offering and instead saw it for the potential it
promised: one of the best handgun hunting rounds to grace the market. The .480
Ruger boasts big diameter (.476 inch),
relatively mild recoil and great terminal
effectiveness on big game. Like my
recently acquired .454 Casull SRH, the
re-released .480 Ruger Super Redhawk
  ❘

is no slouch either. Back now with a 71⁄2-inch bull barrel (like
the .454 version), a revised front sight and new chamber
dimensions (remember the complaint about the .480 SRH
has always been sticky extraction), I was eager to take the
new and improved .480 SRH for a spin.
The Prodigal Gun didn't disappoint.
Shooting Buffalo Bore factory loads of
370 grains (a wide, flat-nosed hardcast
bullet), I was able to put four shots
(operator error: I pulled the fifth) into an
outstanding quarter-inch group. Holy
smoke! I have tried some handloaded
220- and 280-grain Raptors (monometal
hollow-points designed to shed their petals in game) from Cutting Edge Bullets
(CEB) that routinely delivered sub-1-inch
five-shot groups at 50 yards. This is very
promising. By the time you read this, the
.480 Ruger SRH should be available in this
new configuration. ruger.com

 ❘  .


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