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Old 04-26-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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Default Anyone have a Ruger Blackhawk .41 mag

I acquired one today for some money owed me. I checked the serial number at Ruger and found it was made in 1982. It's been used or carried enough to wear a lot of the bluing off of it and there were a couple of rust spots that someone tried to sand out. Other than that it's tight and nice. Heavy (they weigh 38 oz). It came with a nice western belt and holster with loop to secure i in the holster and tie down thongs. It has a lot of loops for ammo.

Since I haven't shot it yet, I am looking for some experienced owners to get your opinions. Thanks for the input.

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Old 04-26-2012, 06:41 AM   #2
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I had one back in the eighties, sweet gun I really like the 41mag and even carried a S&W revolver in41 mag as a duty gun for a couple of years. Since the Blackhawk was a just for fun gun I ended up trading it to a friend that wanted it as a back up for hog hunting and got his 357 so I could shoot the much CHEAPER 38 spl at the range. Both worked equally well on paper and cans but the 41 will break you if you don't reload.



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I've got one and it's my favorite long range handgun. I've had it for more than 20 years and it's never seen a factory round. I've shot a lot of critters with it. It is far more accurate than my 44 mag. Recoil is about the same as the 44.

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rjd3282 - Since you reload, do you load hot or medium? What weight bullets do you use and what powder and grains of powder. I'm hoping I can make it a fun, accurate gun without being a wrist breaker. Thanks.

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I really like the 200 grain jhp I have a load with H110 that breaks 1600 fps out of my 7.5 inch barrel. I've taken white tail with this load. Unfortunately I can't tell the grains off the top of my head. I'm about 5000 miles away from my books but I got the load from the lyman manual. I do load some 215 grain cast swc with unique that prove to be some what more comfortable to plink with. I have also hunted ground hogs with some 170 gr. jhp's and they are 1800 fps. They will completely remove a groundhogs head.

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Have a Ruger Redhawk in .41mag. Nice shooter, accurate, recoil's not as severe as my .44mag. You made reference to loading your own. Good idea, .41mag's not cheap.
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I bought a 1968 Old Model, 4 5/8 barrel. When shooting with the orig. grips, the trigger guard about gnawed off my trigger finger at the first knuckle. Switched to wider grips, no more problems. Very accurate, my hands-down favorite. For ammo, I depend on either Georgia Arms or North Georgia Reloading. They make some very dependable AND reasonable ammo that I stock up on when I hit the Gun Shows. Mostly 210 gr.



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i had a Blackhawk in .41 Magnum years ago. I reloaded for it but had trouble getting bullets of desired design. But it wouldn't do anything my .44s wouldn't, so sold it off.

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