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Old 11-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #11
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Back in the '70's, I had a 6" S&W 57 and loved shooting the .41 Mag. It was fast, powerful, flat shooting & accurate. Ken Hackathorn & I used to go to the strip mines and shoot long range targets with our pistols. I once made a shot so far that Ken still remembers it. I reloaded several jacketed bullet types and all worked well. Then, like a fool, I sold it...college kid, needed money, the usual drill. What a fool I was! Then in the early '80's I was working some at Novak's .45 Shop and read about Mag-Na-Port's Larry Kelly's hunting .44 mags. Wow! I was impressed, so we took a 6.5" S&W 29, and put an 8 & 3/8ths inch bbl. on it and sent it to Mag-Na-Port for the "Predator" work-up. They ported the bbl., put a quick-detach lugs on the bbl. for a sling, put a 3-ring SSG mount for a scope and hard-chromed the entire thing. What a beauty! I still have and use it to hunt deer. I load several bullet weights for it and it is accurate and easily kills deer and other small game out to a couple hundred yards. The recoil for both can be heavy if loaded up near capacity but both are manageable and fun to shoot. As far as using the .45 Colt, I only use mine for SASS shooting but would not hesitate to load and use it to hunt in a Ruger Blackhawk or Redhawk.
Thats pretty cool. Is it legal in every state to hunt with handguns?
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Have both, Ruger Redhawk 41mag, S&W Model 29 44mag. Similar barrel lengths, 6"-6.5" both are DA revolvers. The 44 recoil is noticeably more severe than the 41, which affects second shot acquisition, but it's manageable. Both are expensive to shoot, and 41mag can be hard to find. Whichever one you decide on, you might want to think about loading your own, (unless you do already), or finding a friend who does.
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Thats pretty cool. Is it legal in every state to hunt with handguns?
I would advise you to check the game laws for the state you plan to hunt. Some states have caliber restrictions, others have barrel length restrictions.

Here in NC we have laws that vary from county to county. An example would be you can't carry a pistol over a certain size the on Cape Fear river in Cumberland county. Hunting from the Chowan river is legal in Hertford county but hunting from the Chowan river in Gates county is illegal. The Chowan river is the county line for Hertford and Gates counties. I am sure other states have laws that are just as screwed up.
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I've been interested in these two caliber for some time now.

Thanks for the opinions on the two, everyone.

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Other than the .41 mag. being a little quicker & the .44 mag making a little bigger hole, I don`t notice a lot of difference...............

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IF you don't have a 357 or 44mag and plan on hand loading ?? Buy the 41 mag as hand loads from 195gr wad cutters up to 265gr are possible along with low powdered wad cutter loads for plink'n. If a factory ammo shooter only, get a 44 mag.
Forget what JonM said about the 45lc unless you are a hand loader. Hotter 44mag level 45lc factory ammo is not hanging around in many gun shops and if your looking to load to max for each the5e less than 1% between them and then someone will say "well buy a 454, NO a 460 , why not a 500". Short of a pissed off coastal brown bear the 44 can handle anything around with the right load . Then the 460 or 500 may not help you out.

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You would have to check the state in which you plan to hunt. Back when West Virginia was trying to get handgun hunting passed and signed into law, Jay Rockefeller was Governor and was waffling on whether he'd sign the bill. When he traveled to Parkersburg and had a public meeting, I questioned him and got him to commit, for the first time, to signing the bill, which he later did. First & last time he did anything for gun owners that I know of.

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I have two .41 magnums,, a Redhawk and a Blackhawk that was re-barreled by Mr. Gary Reeder of Arizona. That revolver is remarkably accurate. He did an outstanding job on the piece. The .44 magnum is probably more practical,, it shoots the .44 specials, etc., the availability of ammo and reloading components is very good while .41 factory rounds are not very common in many shops,, I reload so nothing major for me. I just like .41 magnums, if I need more in a handgun, I grab my .500 Wyoming Express.

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I concur that for a reloader either will do, for a non-reloader most likely the .44. With the current ammo shortage which round do you see most on the dealer's shelves?
The comments on recoil, remember that most .41 are built on .44 frames (exception: a vintage Ruger Blackhhawk not Super Blackhawk) so .41s are a little heavier . The standard wt. bullet for the .44 is 240 gr. and the standard wt. for the .41 is 210 gr. If both bullets are driven at the same velocity because of a lighter bullet and a heavier gun the .41 will recoil less.
Many feel that the .41 will range better. A really good friend loves his .41s. My .44s makes me smile.

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The general opinion of hand guns in the wild up here is: If you bring a .44 to protect yourself from a bear, FILE the front site off first, It won't hurt so much when the bear shoves it up your --------!

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