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Old 01-16-2010, 12:19 PM
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Went to the range again today to test some more handloads for my .41 magnum. Tested three different loads and all worked well. My .41 seems to be very easy to load for. It has taken little effort to develop very good handloads for this pistol, and the pistol shoots very well. I'm shooting a Ruger New Model Blackhawk with 6 1/2" barrel.

Do those of you who load for the .41 Magnum find it easy to work with also? Do you feel, as I do, that the .41 Magnum is a terrific all around cartridge? Thanks for your input.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:08 PM
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41 is a great round, its got more knockdown than the 357 and significantly less recoil than the 44. I still like the 357 and 44 a lot and own several of them. The only 41 I've shot was an Old model Black hawk and it was a very accurate gun.
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:05 PM
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One of my favorite handgun cartridges. I very rarely shoot magnum loads in mine. Much of my shooting with .41 Mag is done below that level and sub-magnum loads present no difficulties with accuracy. I've got two pieces in this caliber, one a S&W Mod. 57 w/ 8-3/8 in bbl, the other a Sturm, Ruger Black Hawk w/ 6-1/2 in bbl. I've owned both models in shorter barrel lengths and do not appreciate them.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:33 AM
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The 41 Remington Magnum is our only true magnum and i for one love it. My pet load is the Sierra 170 Gr JHC, 23.4 grs H110, Win large pistol primers, Win brass, OAL is 1.565. From the Hodgon 26TH manual velocity avg out to 1429 FPS from my S&W model 57 with a 6 inch Barrel. it put 6 rounds the size of quarter at 20 yards
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:16 AM
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Have an old 3-screw BH with the 6.5" bbl. Took a mountain lion with it and enjoy shooting paper, also.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:08 AM
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I started out learning to reload with the .41 Mag. Owned many guns so chambered and still have three. S&W M58 4", T/C Contender 14" and Marlin 1894S 20". Very easly to reloaded and cases have long life. I've reloaded several 50 rd boxes 15 times. (5 max over 1250fps, 5 mid range 1100-1200, 5 special 900ish all with a 215 LSWC)

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Old 01-26-2010, 03:21 AM
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This was the first caliber I purchased in a handgun when I turned 21. I wanted it in a Redhawk, but settled on a BH I found in a pawn shop for $125. Several years later I found what I was looking for at a gun show and swapped even plus the cost of the transfer. Then found out later the BH was a 3 screw flat top. To late to worry about it then, and I have enjoyed the RH ever since, and taken countless hogs and paper critters with it. .

I have shot every weight bullet I could get my hands on through the years. Most of my very favorites they dropped years ago, but I still have a few around. I have since settled on the Remington bulk 200gr SJHP's for 95% of my shooting. Loaded on top of 20.5grs of 296, it is a sweet accurate load which will do anything I need out to 100 yards, and probably further, but I just can't keep it in my ind to hold on hair and I usually shoot high. LOL

My two all time favorite bullet were the Sierra 220gr, and the Remington 170gr SJHP. Either of them loaded with a toasty dose of 296 or 2400 would cover just about anything that walks in NA I believe.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:16 PM
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The 41 is my pistol of choice and has been since the late 70's. I wouldn't trade it for any other caliber for hunting. I have shot several Mule Deer and Whitetails with my Old Model Blackhawk. I just got ahold of a Desert Eagle in 41 and reallly like it, and am looking forward to hunting with it next fall. The best bullet I have found for the 41 are cast 210 gr. (I cast them myself) for plinking and the best hunting bullet I have found is Hornady's XTP.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:55 AM
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I must agree with you on the 41 Remington Magunm it is a great round and it's so easy to load. My S&W model 57 with a 6 inch tube, just eat up with every it feed it. If it's a 170 Gr JHC or a 210 GR JSP. It keeps em all with in 2 inches at 25 yards
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:07 PM
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Interesting point you bring up Kermit. I load for about 8 different cartridges. The thinnest data log book I have is for my 41 mag. I thought it may have just been luck but the 41 has always been easy to develop loads for. It spoils me as good loads are not hard to come by.

For a variety of reasons, I believe the 41 mag deserves a lot of the fame given to the 44 mag. I own both. In my opinion, the 41 mag is surely and underdog but never did anything to deserve it. Such is life.
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