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trip 12-16-2012 02:13 PM

.41 mag
Anybody reloading for the .41 mag? I would like to cast my own billets and I am looking for ideas on what bullet molds people are using.

Rick1967 12-16-2012 02:30 PM

I dont load 41. But I do load 357 and 44. I cast for both. Some people will look down on me for saying this. But I like Lee molds. I have a couple of Lyman molds and another one that I cant remember the brand. But I actually like the Lee ones better. I can afford to buy whatever I want. But when it comes to molds I buy Lee. My lyman molds take a long time to heat up and cool down. Lee is quick. I spray all my molds with "Frankford Arsenal Drop Out". All of the Lee molds drop bullets free with a simple shake. Not always the case with my Lymans. Actually my Lymans almost always stick.

trip 12-16-2012 02:31 PM

That should be bullets! As a follow up what are you using to increase the hardness of the lead?

robocop10mm 12-16-2012 02:34 PM

I use the Lyman 210 gr GC mold. I cast pretty hard using wheel weights and a bit of tin (wheel weights do not have any tin). I have 3 .41's and REALLY enjoy them! My favorite revolver caliber.

Rick1967 12-16-2012 02:37 PM

I use pure wheel weights. I use a homemade bullet lube. All the gun stores around here only carry tumble lube. So I made a big batch of it up about 2 years ago. Now that there is a cabelas here I will check to see if they have lube.

I have not had trouble pushing wheel weight lead up to about 1000 fps. I know that is pushing it. But I have had no leading in my 586 or my 629. If I am wanting to really use the full potential of the gun I buy jacketed bullets.

trip 12-16-2012 03:41 PM

I was mostly interested in plinking and target rounds as well. Thanks guys. BTW we have a Sportsmans warehouse out here and they have a pretty nice reloading dept. but the .41 can be hard to find components for!

robocop10mm 12-16-2012 06:33 PM

Finding the bullets are the hardest part of loading .41. Save your cases, I have never had a .41 case split and I have been loading for .41 for 25 years.

trip 12-16-2012 06:55 PM

I do. Matter of fact I have been fortunate to come across some brass here and there that I grab. That's exactly the reason I'm gonna start casting bullets,
Lee has a 210g mold and a195g mold probably get both.

robocop10mm 12-16-2012 08:38 PM

The 195 looks like a good design. I cannot stand the TL molds like the 210. I think they are ugly. Just my bias. Neither is a gas check design. I would hold out for the GC as it gives you more versitility. You can use them plain for low velocity plinking loads or crank them up with the GC and hard alloy and not have a care in the world

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