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Old April 1st, 2010, 08:03 PM   #1
 
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Need help! 480 SRH Barrel / muzzle-break Job

Hello,
I have a Ruger 480 SRH. It's a 9 1/2" version and shoots great.

I'm planning to do some barrel work on it, but I could use some information and guidance.
My plan is to shorten the barrel to 6 1/4" and install a muzzle-brake. Total length would be 7 1/2". Adding another inch+ to the barrel is undesirable. even at 9 1/2" it's a little much to carry when I'm hunting. This addition would also make life easier on the scope.

I have a machinist friend that has offered to help me with this project. As $$$ is also an issue, doing the work myself and with his help is preferred. But I do wish to do it correctly.

My question is: Is the barrel removable? If so, what's the best way to do it and are there any concerns that I should be aware of in doing it.
I know it's threaded into the frame, but what else might be involved. I'm not worried about relocating the front sight. Not intending to use it.

Doing the cutting, re-crowning, barrel threading and fitting of the MB on the lathe would make a nice job of it. I do realize that the MB needs to be indexed when installed.

I look forward to any suggestions and help that this group can provide.

I can also be emailed at: defazio@ntcnet.com if someone wishes to contact me direct.




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Old April 11th, 2010, 10:12 AM   #2
 
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difficult

Hi George,
on this forum and the other ruger forum, there are posts on bobbing, shortening, SRH barrels. The consensus is that the barrel is difficult to impossible to remove, so is done in situ, as it were.

Bowen's web site has an article on rebarreling SRH, and he doesn't like to do it either.

search on short barrels or bobbed barrels, take a look at Bowen classic arms.

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Shoot a big bore with a break on it before ruining a perfectly good SRH
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 06:45 PM   #4
 
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480 srh

Well I finally shorten the barrel and install the muzzle-brake. I silver brazed the muzzle-brake on. Over all length is 9". I coated the gun in Duracoat 'woodland tan' color. I will probably add a touch of dark brown later, as it looks kind of bland. The muzzle-brake is from Holland's Gunsmithing. It works very nice. I did choose to leave the front sight off.


Before


Barrel shortened 2" and brake installed


All polished up and prepped


Finished and coated with Duracoat 'Woodland Tan'. Final length is 9"

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I'd love to cut mine down, but with no muzzle break, but I think they will be a bit of collectors item in 10-15 years as-is.
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is it still just as accurate as before the break?
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480 SRH Barrel / muzzle-break Job

I have only shot a few rounds thru-it since I installed the muzzle-brake. Mainly to function test it. So far it seemed to shoot as good as it did before the installation and barrel shortening. It has only been 1 1/2 weeks since I sprayed the Durocoat. I want to give it another week or 2 more worth of curing. The brake did make a noticeable reduction on the recoil, but it is still no powder puff to shoot.
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Update

Well the 480 Ruger is finally finished. So is the dura-coat. Looked ok, but chipped off real easy. New grip inserts and 2 toned it.


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I've been all over this one. First I had Mag-Na-Port install their brake on a 9.5" barrel. Bad Idea!! The gun was a handful at 9.5", but 11.5" and it's getting squirrely. Brownells tech team was writing me back and forth during my "What if I do this? Stages" And the deal is the 7.5 and 9.5 SRH barrels are just threaded in with a standard crush fit into the extended frame. The threads do not go the full length of the barrel extension. Starting from the forcing cone you have standard barrel threads, maybe a little longer than Redhawk threads, but not by much. Then it's plain barrel that swamps out to the visible barrel diameter which is greater than the frame and provides the crush fit. Brownells cautions that with this gun, unlike others, it's really prone to galling. Ruger, Mag-Na-Port use a proprietary grease/lube that prevents galling during installation. So it's not impossible, just a PITA to do without it. That's why I basically pitched the work Mag-Na-Port did when I whipped out the trusty hack saw and bobbed it off at 5.5". Keep in mind if you do this, the standard Brownells muzzle facing/crowning kit for 44 will not work. That kit has a 3/4" cutter and the barrel at that point is .885. So you'll need to purchase the kit with a 1" cutter to get the job done. Also if you're not needing the front sight later, but do need to remove it, it's not just silver soldered on. About .20" from the breech side of the base there is a captive pin that goes from base to barrel (ie. there is a hole in the barrel there) so unless you are shortening the barrel more than the sight base, you'll have that hole to tend with afterwards. In its removal you need to apply sufficient heat to the base/barrel and pull the sight base upwards. Do not hit it to the side trying to dislodge it as all you'll do is bugger up your barrel. If you are going to remove the barrel and have it turned on a lathe, have I got a deal for you. I'll sell you my cut off Mag-Na-Brake portion of my barrel. The brake has radial ports going the full 360, spiraled to where the exiting gas tightens the brake on. Pretty smart if you ask me. That way the fellow running the lathe not only gets an unused really good brake, but they also get to see what the end of the barrel should look like. I also have the thread protector and installation rod to put the brake on tight. I think $85.00 would do it (75 for the brake and 10 for shipping). Email me if you're interested. One more thing, in the Alaskan, Ruger uses a liner between barrel and frame with a 4" barrel to start. They crank that sandwich together with the same crush fit and then cut the barrel close to the frame and crown it to basically meet with the frame end. It almost looks like one piece of steel, but if you look close you can see the line between barrel and frame. DO NOT mess with an Alaskan barrel. Now that would be a huge headache to say the least. Smithy.

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Took my new Ruger Redhawk.480 out. 1st loads were 10grs of unique behind a 345gr cast. They were equivalent of medium 44 mag loads. Then 26grs of Alliant 2400 behind same bullet ! Holy Shi-- ! am I still alive ? I was wearing padded shooting gloves ,Hogue Tamer grips,didn't help one bit . I won't be loading that load again...... I think I'll just shoot light loads with big heavy bullets .
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Now that's a piece GeorgeD, very "Escape From New York, Going Back In".
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Took my new Ruger Redhawk.480 out. 1st loads were 10grs of unique behind a 345gr cast. They were equivalent of medium 44 mag loads. Then 26grs of Alliant 2400 behind same bullet ! Holy Shi-- ! am I still alive ? I was wearing padded shooting gloves ,Hogue Tamer grips,didn't help one bit . I won't be loading that load again...... I think I'll just shoot light loads with big heavy bullets .
Hey, i know you! Saw your post on NV shooters
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Loaded some heavier loads with H110 and 400 gr bullets. I love it !
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