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Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. Arrange 40 pickle chips (about 1 1/2 cups) in an even layer on top, and cover with another layer of paper towels, pressing gently to absorb excess moisture. Set aside.
Prepare the pickled ranch dip: Finely chop the remaining 8 pickle chips. Transfer to a small bowl and add the mayonnaise, dill, chives, garlic salt (if using), onion powder and 1/3 cup buttermilk. Stir to combine, season to taste with salt and chill until ready to serve.
Add the oil to a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high until oil comes to 375 degrees, about 5 minutes. Cover another baking sheet with paper towels for draining the fried pickles.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with 2 teaspoons each salt and pepper. In another medium bowl, whisk the remaining 2/3 cup buttermilk with the hot sauce. Add the bread crumbs to a large shallow bowl. Working in about four batches, add about 10 pickle chips to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to the buttermilk mixture, turning until coated. Allow the excess buttermilk mixture to drip off, then transfer to the bread crumbs. Turn pickle chips to coat in bread crumbs, packing bread crumbs on top until chips are fully covered, and transfer them to a plate.
Add coated pickles to the hot oil, dispersing them evenly, and cook, turning halfway through, until crisp and lightly browned, about 1 minute. Transfer to the paper towel-lined sheet pan. Repeat with remaining pickles, adjusting heat as needed to maintain oil at 375 degrees. Serve immediately, with pickled ranch dip.