.41 Magnum?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by SafariSam, May 6, 2012.

  1. SafariSam

    SafariSam New Member

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    What do you think about the .41 Magnum cartridge? also what do you think are the best handguns chambered for it? i really like the .41 magnum cartridge and my favorite handgun it's chambered in is the S&W classic model 57. i would also like a Ruger Blackhawk in .41 magnum.
     
  2. HockaLouis

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    Amazing and oft under-rated round. It is closer to the .44 Mag in energy but closer to the .357 in felt recoil.

    A big old Ruger Redhawk in .41 is what I wanted for bear-hunting in the Lower-48 and tried to get a compsct one for my Alaska trips (but had to settle for a small .44 Mag).
     

  3. Gonzilla

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    Fantastic in a Blackhawk and even better in a S&W 57. Should be option for LEO vs 357.
     
  4. SafariSam

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    Buford Pusser of the movie (Walking Tall) fame carried a .41 magnum as his duty gun. it saved his life in a deadly shootout one time also.
     
  5. mes227

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    Excellent round, perhaps the most underrated ctg out there. I have 4 S&Ws in .41Mag: 657PC, 657 Lew Horton, 657 no dash, 57 Mountain Gun. If you don't reload you can buy .41Mag in bulk on line for the same cost as .44Mag. And you can buy .41Special (Reeds Ammo and others) which is a nice range load and a heck of a good self defense round.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    very good caliber and for sure underrated and treated like a bastard child! shame it never got the respect it deserved, kind of the Rodney Dangerfield of cartridges. excellent ballistics and even manageable recoil for such a large caliber. made an excellent short range hunting caliber when loaded with the proper ammo. too bad they didn't make more of them.
     
  7. JonM

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    its a good cartridge but the reason it never took off is the 357magnum was already cornering the police market and the 44magnum was cornering the hunting sector. its a round that tried to both and didnt quite make it.

    my preference is for the 45colt. i regret selling my ruger blackhawk chambered for it.
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    It's an awesome round and one that I constantly look for a revolver chambered in.
     
  9. fmj

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    Its one high on the wish list here for sure.

    Once i bag a Redhawk or super redhawk in 44 mag to go with my Ruger M-44 Carbine i am gonna start hunting a 41 wheel gun....then prolly hunt down a lever gun to match!!

    Actually the 41 was the orginal route i was gonna go...but got detoured.:rolleyes:
     
  10. Durangokid

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    Elmer Kieth pushed the .41 Mag. for LEOs. S&W offered a police Mdl. 58 4" HB fixed sights only. We bought 4 of these that had belonged to the SFPD Motor Cycle Patrol in 1979. They were great handguns. The PDs were moving away from revolvers to 9MM Autos at that time. The PDs were recruting female officers as well. The day of the big 6 guns was over in American law enforcement. I recall the Casper Wyoming PDs had to give up their Mdl. 29 .44 Mags. Many small town PDs were issued S&W Mdl. 25-5 .45 Colts in those days as well. :(
     
  11. HockaLouis

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    Durango, who's "we"? The royal one or a firm. Cool stuff. How were they and what'd "we" do with them!?
     
  12. Gonzilla

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    The Desert Eagle came in a variety of calibers - part of its ad campaign was being able to empty a 10 rd clip of 357 in 2.5 seconds. 41 Mag is a bit more but I wonder how it would compare ?
     
  13. Durangokid

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    Hock Thx for your interest. We, my partner at the time had an FFL. We were buying and selling firearms in central Wyoming. At that time there was tons of police trade in for sale. The county Sheriffs in Wyoming also actioned off all their "Crime" guns once a year.

    The Mdl. 58 .41 Mags were stamped SFPD on the side plates. Two of the four had been used in service and were well worn. Two of the 58s were in exellent condition and shot dead on at 25 yds. We sold the 2 service guns and held on to the 2 nice ones. My partner an ex Green Beret died young from a heart attack. I never knew what happened to his Mdl. 58. I did one of those dumb things and traded mine off. Mdl. 58s are rather expensive today and hard to find.:)
     
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  14. Durangokid

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    Gonzilla, this is a .45 Win Mag. with a .357 Conv. The .357 is easy to control in this LAR Grizzly 1911. I doubt the .41 Mag. firing the effective 220 gr. bullet. would be easy to rapid fire. These big Autos are to heavy for police work. These weapons are used for protection in "Brown Bear" country.:)


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  15. Gonzilla

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    A friend had a 41 Mag in 4 3/8" Blackhawk and he said it was lighter and handier than his 44s. Very accurate piece but I still went w Ruger in .44 Mag for back country.

    I think your right about rapid firing in 41 mag being difficult if not impossible. Although, your Win Mag & Desert Eagle are the oly two platforms I know of that could give it a go.
     
  16. rjd3282

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    I've done the math on the 41 mag loads vs. the 44 mag loads in the Lyman manual and the 41 actually outperforms the 44 energy wise. It also has higher velocities with a given bullet weight so it shoots flatter. Yes you can go with slightly heavier bullets with the 44 but they still don't give you the same energy. I have both calibers but I prefer the 41. Diameter wise the 44 is only .019 larger. The 41 is a true 41 while the 44 isn't even close to being a true 44.

    The 41 mag really is under rated for some odd reason. I guess it's the old American mentality that bigger is always better. I'm not flaming the 44 I like it too but I don't think it's as good as the 41.
     
  17. masterPsmith

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    I loved my .41 mags when I had them. Faster and flatter shooting then my .44s with less recoil. Great SD and hunting round.

    Jim..........
     
  18. Durangokid

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    We can prove about any thing on paper.:) But the facts are the .44 Mag. is a much better killer. People who have used handguns on heavy game will always choose the .44 over the .41. The .41 Mag. can not handle the 300 gr. slugs that we carry in bear country. I use the 300 or 320 gr slug in my Mdle 29 and the Browning 92 saddle gun. The .41 is only effective with the light 220 gr. slugs. The .41 bullets below 220 grs are only good on game in the 150 lb. class.:)
     
  19. rjd3282

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    I've killed game over 150 lbs with the 41 no problem. Like I said it can't handle the heavier bullets like the 44 due to chamber size but still has more ft. lbs. of energy than the 44. It is also more accurate at longer ranges than the 44. I like the 44, hell I like all the big bore revolvers but people really sell the 41 mag. short. If I want to use more than 240 grains I stoke up the blackhawk in 45 colt. :)
     
  20. HockaLouis

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    Funny, last trip to Alaska interior I wanted a Titanium .41 Mag Taurus Tracker but couldn't get one new so only settled for a .44 Tracker in stainless steel.

    http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=94

    Love hard Keith bullets and these are actually just as heavy and powerful as the low recoil .44 Mag I last carried (that owe no factory .44 mag ANYTHING). These rounds would go thru a bear sideways and could go from front to back. Our lives depended on it.