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Old March 30th, 2013, 02:34 AM   #1
 
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Redhawk 41 magnum

I am strictly a Ruger handgun man. I've been kicking around an idea about customizing a Redhawk in 41 mag. First I need to acquire one, which seems to be a feet in itself. First I want to cut the barrel down to a more comfortable size say 4 inches. Carrying a longer barrel in the field is cumbersome. I figure this way I will be able to carry it in a hip holster. Next is an action and trigger job to smooth up the trigger pull making double action mode easier. Finally hi viz sights and custom grips. I know it would be just as easy to carry The Alaskan Ruger 44 mag but I don't like the heavy recoil. I want a 40 caliber round because I believe this to be the perfect all around do it all size ammo. Any thoughts or suggestions where I could get this work done or other suggestions. Thanks to all in advance.



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You said you want to start with a 41 mag but want a 40 caliber round. What 40 caliber are you considering?
I like the idea and don't like heavy recoil myself. Seems to me a 41 Mag would be about right, for my idea of this.
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You said you want to start with a 41 mag but want a 40 caliber round. What 40 caliber are you considering?
I like the idea and don't like heavy recoil myself. Seems to me a 41 Mag would be about right, for my idea of this.
Typo? meant 41?

I agree that a 4 inch 41 would be great. The history of the 41 backs up why it would be a great choice, its too bad the round didn't take off like it should have. If you reload there are no problems with the appropriate power, but its too bad they don't make a 41 special for everyday carry (I know someone make a custom one, and limited amounts of 41 special brass)

Ready For The .41 Special?
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Typo? meant 41?

I agree that a 4 inch 41 would be great. The history of the 41 backs up why it would be a great choice, its too bad the round didn't take off like it should have. If you reload there are no problems with the appropriate power, but its too bad they don't make a 41 special for everyday carry (I know someone make a custom one, and limited amounts of 41 special brass)

Ready For The .41 Special?
I was kind hoping he would clear that up myself.
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Ruger Redhawk .41 Magnum 7 1/2 BBL KRH-41 : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
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I was kind hoping he would clear that up myself.
But a 40 Redhawk would be cool

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And a 2.5 inch 41 would be cool
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I always liked my S&W 41 magnum. I wish I still had it. It was a 4" and handled very well. But a 2"? I think that might be a bit too short.

How hard is it to get 41 mag ammo these days?
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Thanks everyone for your input. Sorry for the confusion in my question. I was in a hurry to leave and wasn't typing as fast as my brain was working. I was just thinking of getting a 40 caliber revolver not a 40 S & W. The Redhawk in 41 mag is what I was thinking of purchasing and making it my project gun. I was asking if anyone knew where I could find one and the name of a good gunsmith I could send my gun to have the work done. My idea was to take a 7.5 in or 5.5 in Redhawk and have it cut down to 4 in, have the muzzle crowned, an action job and finally custom grips. This would become my personal defense, woods carry handgun. I already own a 6.5 in Blachhawk in 41 mag and have seen what it can do against a whitetail deer and a 350# black bear. Saving brass and reloading is not a problem either. Again sorry for the confusion
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If you already own a .41 Blackhawk then you know about recoil and shorting the barrel will only make the recoil worse. The .41 mag is a deer size hunter. I own and reloaded the .41 a while back and after arthritis creeped into my hands I stepped down to a SR9. Just typing my experiences and of course you do what you think is best for you. When someone ask Harry Truman for some advice he said " not to kick a fresh terd in the summer time."
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And a 2.5 inch 41 would be cool
Well, there is always this route.



With full house loads it is a bit much. A true attention getter. Mostly when I shoot it now it is with reduced loads. Much reduced.
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I had the same plan. Like you said finding a Redhawk 41 is not easy. And it will cost big $$$. Factor in the conversion and you are going to have $2000+ gun. I ended up buying a Taurus Tracker 215 in 41 MAG. 2” barrel. It is exactly what I wanted, is accurate for its purpose and goes bang every time. I handload 41’s so I shoot it a lot. I like Missouri Bullet 215 GR LSWC over 5.7 grains of TiteGroup. Recoil is very manageable. I don’t think 2 legged critters that are up to no good would like that round at all. I really like my Blackhawk 41, and I will buy a 41 Redhawk someday. I have a 45 Colt Vaquero that is currently being converted to a 41 by Clements Custom Guns. It will have a 4 5/8”barrel. It should be sweet, but still a bit big for a carry gun. The Taurus is perfect for me. I paid $325 in June 2013 for it on GunBroker.com. It was shot very little. It is not a Ruger, but. . .
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needsmostuff -That is a gorgeous Gary Reeder Conversion! What powder do use for the GNR's? And bullet weight and brand?
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I reload a ".41 Special" very regularly but just use regular .41 mag brass. No issues. Just use a bulky quicker burning powder.
There may actually be some benefit since there will be no "special" fouling ring in the chambers as is sometimes experienced when shooting .38 Special in a .357....or .22 shorts in a .22 lr.
You also minimize the jump from case mouth to forcing cone with the longer .41 mag cases.

Smith did make a 3" 657 many years ago but they command collector values now just like .41 Redhawks....but the Redhawks are still cheaper. The 5" barreled Redhawk always seemed like it should be perfect but far fewer of those were made....and if you see a blue one....RUN, don't walk to the ATM and get the cash.
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