41 mag stories HERE!

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by DiabloMan, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. DiabloMan

    DiabloMan New Member

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    Howdy, If you shoot a revolver in 41 mag let me know some stories, loads, likes, dislikes(Nice!). I'm loading for the 41, lets discuss loading, etc. for the caliber. I want to hear from guys that shoot the 41. Please try not to compare to other calibers or ancient history. Just camp fire type stories. Thanks The Blackhawk Kid
     
  2. Bob Wright

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    My experience with the .41 Magnum is very limited. In 1971 I traded into a 4 5/8" Ruger Blackhawk in .41 Magnum. Having no brass on hand and not much then available, I bought several boxes of factory load Remington, both the JHP loading and the 210 gr. swaged SWC Police loading.

    Hated that Police loading, leaded worse than the old swaged lead factory SWCs in the .357 Magnum. The full power factory load was a little too much with the XR-3RED grip frame, and I swapped it out for a Super Blackhawk grip frame. What a difference that made! The Super Blackhawk grip frame is now my favorite for all heavy recoiling magnum ammunition, all calibers. Really tamed that .41 for me.

    A friend of mine lost interest in shotgun shooting and gave me nearly a full 8# keg of Hercules Green Dot and I loaded that in my .41 and it became my favorite for middle of the road .41s, as I never used the full power stuff in .41, going instead to my .44 or .45 for really potent loads. There is one sad note when I think of my .41. The first day I took it to the range for firing is the day my nephew was killed in a helicopter crash in South Dakota.

    Sold the gun to my son-in-law who took it to Ohio with him. Then in need of money sold it to a friend of his who moved to Arizona. So somewhere in Arizona is my .41 Three Screw Blackhawk with a steel Super Blackhawk grip frame.

    That's my story of the .41 Magnum.

    Bob Wright
     
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  3. DiabloMan

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    Thanks for your 41 story, Bob. I have one. My great uncle "whip" grew up around 1905. Like all cowboys he had a sixgun, a 41 colt. His Pa and brothers chided him about that 41 being an odd caliber and almost "extinct". Whip got "indian mad", stomped off to town. Low and behold 2 days later whip returned with a Colt sixgun in 45colt. Now he was allowed at the table and sleep inside. His mother, in the mean time, put the 41 in a desk drawer. this was in June of 1905. 75 years later, Whip's son was moving furniture after Whip had passed away. Jimmy, his son found an old desk, and immediately his wife wanted to restore and use it in their new house. In the top drawer was Whip's old 41, still loaded. Jimmy called me days later and told me this story. We took the gun and shot it! We found some saddle bags with gloves and 4 boxes if 41 ammo. I don't know what that old colt 41 is worth, but Jimmy has part of the old west still hanging on the coat rack. Thats my 41 story. Thanks Dave Walker
     
  4. Bob Wright

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    Well, you didn't mention .41 Long Colt revovlers. I have another, sort of.

    Around November or December of 1956 I was a young recruit at Ft. Carson, Colorado. An old sergeant (maybe late forties) found out I was a shooter and sort of took me under his wing. He had a beautiful original Remington 1858 cap and ball revolver with a barrel made from a M1917 machine gun barrel and fitted with Micro sights. He loaned me a Colt Bisley in .41 Colt. We would head off into the mountains somewhere around Colorado Springs for some shooting.

    I was pretty familiar with the single action by then and had no trouble handling it. However I do believe that barrel must have been a .44 or .45 barrel, as I don't believe the bullet ever touched the bore after leaving the cylinder! I was a pretty good shot then, but he would clean off all the targets we set up with his cap-and ball while my bullets kicked up dirt all over the countryside. That old Colt did function, and fire. That was the best thing you could say about it.

    Bob Wright
     
  5. Bob Wright

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    I sure don't mean to monopolize this thread, but here are some interesting .40~.41 caliber cartridges.

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    I got the .400 Special from my gunsmith, Keith Warner. This round was popular, sort of, during the late 'Forties. There was a hunting club down in Mississippi where members hunted wild boar on horseback, using handguns. These .400 Specials, or .401 Eimers, were usually built on Colt New Service revolvers or Single Action Army revolvers. They started out with guns of .41 Colt or smaller, and fitted barrels from .38-40 revolvers an rebored and rechambered the cylinder, though .41 Colt barrels could be used also. This .400 Special is made from .303 Savage brass. Winchester .401 Self Loading was used also.

    This hunting club was made up of the wealthier cotton men or other business men from the Memphis area. Was way out of my league, and time, too.

    Bob Wright
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have shot a couple of 41 Magnums in the past. never owned one, but for some reason i always did want one. haven't even seen one in the gun stores, pawn shops or gun shows in many years now. one day maybe i will get lucky and find one.

    many say it filled a void between the 44 and the 357 that was never there in the first place. you could either load a 357 up to the levels of the 41 or the 44 down to the same level as the 41. IMO, it's still a neat caliber and cartridge. from a commercial standpoint it wasn't a big success, but it does have it's own following.
     
  7. kytowboater

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    Think I saw one at a gun show in November. IIRC it as a smith DA, but had a high price on it. Dad almost bought it, but it was stupid expensive.
     
  8. robocop10mm

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    I was working the range on a LE training day. We had a number of different stage set up in various areas of Camp Swift National Guard training base. I was chatting with another instructor (now Chief Deputy), waiting for the next group to arrive. He inquired as to whether his subcompact 9mm (S&W 669) could hit a pepper popper (steel target) at the current distance. I told him go ahead and try, there was no one else on the range. He fired a shot and missed. He fired a second round and "ping", hit the target. He was quite proud of him self.

    I told him "watch your ears" I drew my 4" S&W 657 (Stainless .41 Mag) and fired one shot. "Kaboom", "clang". Knocked down the popper just as the next group started pulling in to the location. "Holy crap!" Everyone was windering what the explosion was.

    The range? 95 yards. The ammo? Max load of W-296 pushing a Sierra 170 gr JHC at over 1600 fps.

    I love my .41's
     
  9. DiabloMan

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    Keep em coming guys. I like to hear 41 mag stories. There are more and more loyal 41 shooters. I'm getting ready to reload some more rounds. Spring is coming!!
     
  10. DiabloMan

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    I was at my local gun store, and they had in stock Stainless 357 mag, 44 mag and 45 LC, also Blue guns in same calibers PLUS, 2 41's. One had to leave with. It shoots! WTH! DW
     
  11. kytowboater

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    What's a good price on factory ammo? I'm clueless, dad asked me to look around today. Thing is, he won't shop online. Told me what he saw at sportsmans warehouse was $2 a round. He has the stuff to reload, but hasn't in years.
     
  12. arky

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    I was never much of a hand gun shooter and only owned a couple. Then, about 3 years ago I saw an SBH, 5 1/2in barrel, SS, Acusport in .41 at a gun show. I always wanted a blackhawk and had read some about the 41. This gun had been tuned by a smith and has a 2 1/2lb trigger pull. It came home with me and is a fantastic shooter. I shoot mostly lead in it. Then I stumbled across a Tarus Tracker in 41 that a fellow employee wanted to sell and I got it. Then A couple of months ago I saw a model 57 from 1977 at a gun show and bought it. This old S&W is one sweet gun.
    I do reload so I can afford to shoot the 41 some. I use both Unique and AA#9 and mostly XTP's and 215 gr lead bullets from Missouri Bullet Co. I may try some plated bullets for economy.
    I think I am through buying 41's unless I stumble across a Marlin lever gun at an affordable price.
    I have started shooting 38's and 357's some but the .41 is by far my favorite.
     
  13. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A Marlin .41 Mag lever action at an "affordable" price? Man are you dreaming. I have lusted after those for years, but am unwilling to give my left one for it.
     
  14. yazul42

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    I personally like the .41 mag very much, my first was a S & W Model 57 with an 8 3/8" barrel. It shot great but had to sell it during my first divorce,, now they are hard to find and at premium prices. I now have a stainless Ruger Redhawk and a Blackhawk that started as a 4 /8" but I sent it out to Gary Reeder and had it rebarreled to 5 3/4 so I can legally hunt in Ohio using it. Topped with a 2X Weaver it is extremely accurate and my favorite hunting handgun having taken deer and feral hogs, If someone wants work done on a Ruger, I would reccomend Mr. Reeder very highly, his service was timely and I may send the Redhawk in for some work here in the future. Even after the sale, Mr, Reeder likes to make sure his clients are satisfied and wants you to keep in touch. I am also looking for a decent Reminton Rolling block action to rebarrel to .41 mag. I have found a couple of Marlin leverguns but the prices were crazy high. I have good luck with 215 grain hardcast, but I have had suggestions on 170 grain loads up to 250 grain cast. Except for the bigger varmints, I feel the .41 is a good load and I have high confidence with my revolvers.
     
  15. Hammerdown

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    Hello
    I have always been a Fan of the .41 Magnum Cartridge and what better revolver to own in it is the Manufacturer that developed and Promoted it back in 1964 S&W. They made Two back then being the first a model 57 with adjustable sights and later on the model 58 with Fixed sights. I prefer an adjustable sight Target revolver so I found a 4" Nickel version. She shipped in the mid 1970's and shoots like a Lazer. The .41 Magnum round never really caught on good. One reason for that is that S&W had came out with the .44 Magnum in their Pre-29's in 1956 so the .44 Magnum had a head start on it's slightly smaller brother being the .41 Magnum which was Introduced in 1964. This round was originally designed to be the perfect Police round.

    Sometime between Remington introdcuing the round and offering it for Public sale it was down Loaded. I suspect to Keep the Liberals happy as this round Loaded right is as fierce of not more fierce than the .44 Magnum. I hand load so it was the right round for me and the only difference I see between the .41 Magnum compared to the .44 Magnum is that the .41 Magnum is 0.019" smaller in Bullter diameter and shoots a Little flatter. Long live the .41 Magnum and those of us that hand load and love it. Regards, Hammerdwon




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  16. RustyShackleford101

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    First magnum handgun I ever shot was a .41 Blackhawk. I was a pretty scrawny boy, firing some how loads. My wrists were sore for quite a while but I loved to shoot the gun.
     
  17. RustyShackleford101

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    I did have a 57 for a while in the nineties right after college, but I didn't reload so I sold the gun. It's actually probably my biggest gun sale regret. The gun shot pretty sweet as I recall.
     
  18. rjd3282

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    170 grain hp's stoked up with w296 or H110 makes for a great groundhog load. Took a groundhog's head completely off with this load. Only thing left above the neck was his lower jaw. Talk about a swift merciful kill.
     
  19. GSpears471

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    My 1st experience with a 41 mag was last fall, a neighbor friend of mine let me shoot his, It a nice caliber, it lets you know it's there. but it's managable. His is a ruger but I don't remeber the specifics. We're going to get together again and try some handloads once he gets his reloading room set up.
     
  20. trip

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    I have a blackhawk in .41.love that gun. Used to carry it on a ranch, so it's has a lot wear. I had to put larger grips on it. It's always been super accurate for me and has been my go to handgun .
    It has several coyotes,badgers, muskrats and jackrabbits under its a belt as well as a few cows that needed to be dispatched.