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Old 05-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #21
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I thought Garett (sp) made two loads that were considered the best bear medicine a 310 gr load that w fit all existing 44 mag revolvers but he also makes a 330 or was it 340 gr that requires a longer cylinder & chamber but was considered worth the trouble -in terms of performance.

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The ultimate killer of the .41Mag is the 10mm...practically similar ballistic, but you can get a Glock 20 that holds 15 of 'em...for under $550

When you add in the +2 mag booster...the firepower of 17-rds of 10mm is truly thundering!!


Now if I can hurry up and find a new job so I can afford to get the Lone Wolf long barrel & slide kit for mine...hehehe

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I tend to agree about the 10mm. Other than nostalgia, or for those who love classic revolvers, it would seem to me that the 10mm would surpass the .41 based on the numbers, especially if you're looking at factory ammunition. The extra firepower of a Glock 20, say, shooting full bore 10mm loads, in an easier and faster shooting package, gives a definite edge to a 10mm.

Disclaimer: I just bought a Glock 20 ten days ago for an outdoors gun. Revolvers are just so damn expensive these days. I was not that impressed with the accuracy of my pistol at 25 yards, but this is going to be a defensive weapon (animal or human) when I'm outside. Not hunting with it, so long range accuracy isn't an issue....still, disappointing none the less. But it handles the recoil of full power loads beautifully, and I have 29 rounds immediately available. Overall, it's a choice that works for me.

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I believe one of the things that stopped the 41 mag from becoming more popular was the lack of a 41 special cartridge at the time. That along with the conversion to autos. As to bears in Alaska, 454 Casull would be the lightest I would want. I carried a 12 gauge or a Marlin 336T in 35 Rem rather than a pistol.

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personally, i think part of its problem was lack of proper marketing. just didn't have the right people pushing it like they did the 44 Mag. and the 357 Mag.

same weight bullets, the 41Mag. is more powerful than the 44 Mag. so if wanting to use a handgun for hunting, the 41 Mag. could be a better choice.

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The 10 mm is a fine caliber but no where near in the same league with a 41 magnum. When you get a 170 grain bullet doing 1800 fps from a 10 mm let me know. I have to say in defense of the 10 mm I sure would prefer it over the 40 s&w any day of the week. Actually the 10 is going the way of the 41 also. Another under appreciated cartridge.

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Actually, the 10mm died on the shelf when the 40 S&W was launched. It is having something of a resurgance but I wouldn't expect it'll reach and stay mainstream. See me in 10 years...

Yeah, .41 and .44 Mag are fine for Alaska grizzly -- the ammo is as critical as the gun's caliber, particularly the bullet. Pepper Spray was always most accessible though. For defense I did also have a 12 ga. with 3" Magnum plated 000 buckshot at times.

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the 10mm never got as popular, because Smith & Wesson marketed the 40 for law enforcement from the beginning just like the 10mm. problem was recoil and size of the pistol needed to handle the recoil. S &W teamed up with Winchester who developed the ammo to take the 10mm and shorten it a bit and reduced the recoil and then marketed it to the FBI and vaious other LE agencies. so with them getting the FBI to use the round, everybody figures if it's good enough for LE use then it must be good enough for me. clever marketing!

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I believe one of the things that stopped the 41 mag from becoming more popular was the lack of a 41 special cartridge at the time. That along with the conversion to autos. As to bears in Alaska, 454 Casull would be the lightest I would want. I carried a 12 gauge or a Marlin 336T in 35 Rem rather than a pistol.
I agree about the .454Casull. However, an interesting things comes from a close review of the statistics on brown bear attacks. The rate of serious injury and death is unrelated to whether the victim was armed. In other words, the only reliable defense against brown bears is your wits and, in fact, carrying a gun seems to get some people into more trouble than they might otherwise.
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I'd much rather have a 12 gauge with slugs for bears than any pistol caliber. I'm with Gello on the bear thing. I've always been afraid of pissing one off.

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