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Old May 12th, 2017, 03:18 PM   #1
 
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Getting a Ruger Blackhawk Bisley 44 sp or 41 mag

Plan to eventually get both but probably just one this year. I'm an experienced shooter (didn't say good shooter just lots of experience. So any thoughts on which one for a fun gun this year. PS I do reload. Thanks!



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Old May 12th, 2017, 03:50 PM   #2
 
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That's a tough one, reloading will allow you to use the full potential of both .
Are you set up to load either...if not , go for the best deal on the gun.
The 41 Magnum is a sort of cult round. I call it the red headed step child of the revolver rounds, I'm a member of that cult and enjoy shooting, casting bullets and loading for it . I cast bullets for light loads and load jacketed only rarely . Most 41 magnum revolvers are easy to get good accuracy with.
Can't fault the 44 Special either , just made for cast bullets and the accuracy is legendary .
Either one will do you right, Starline has new brass for both so that's not a problem.
Since I'm a 41 magnum fan , I'm going to vote for it....but if you can get a better deal on the 44 Special....jump on it !
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A .44 magnum will shoot .44 special too!!!

Just sayin'.....

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If you going to carry it for self defense I'd get the 44 special. When I shoot specials out of my Super Blackhawk 44 magnum the recoil is very manageable. Had a 41 magnum and carried it for years. Good hunting cartridge.
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I love 41 mag and 38 super. Conesssers rounds.
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I had the same choice and just ordered the 44 spec. stainless Bisley from Bud's. I love to tinker with reloading components and 44 cal has lots of choices. I was tempted to get the 41 though, mainly because the thicker barrel is less likely to have a thread choke. But I've recently bought two Blackhawk .45's with no detectable thread choke at all. I bought one of the first Lipsey's 44 spec flat tops a few years ago that had a nasty thread choke as well as a poorly machined forcing cone. All of my recent single sevens and Blackhawk 357 and 45's have been good.
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I don't see where one should be vacillating between these two.... .44 Special of course. More bullet options, slightly bigger (.410 vs .429) ... just a better all around cartridge . If looking for 'magnum' performance though, .44 Mag. Really though it comes down you your preference. If you can't decide, buy both.
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.41 all the way. You already reload, so ammo availability & component cost are non-issues.

215s at 900fps? No problem. 215s at 1400-1500fps? No problem. 240s at over 1200fps? No problem. Bullets from 170gr to 295gr available & will hang with the .44 till you get to the extreme upper end.

Yes, the .44 is "more" gun, to the tune of a whopping .019". Everybody & their brother has a .44. Be different & get the .41. You won't regret it.

If I one day find I need more gun than the .41, I'll get a .45LC or .480 Ruger.

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Yes, the .44 is "more" gun, to the tune of a whopping .019".
Exactly my point . Why the 1964 .41 is even around today is a head scratcher... When you already had the .429... the special since 1907, and the magnum in '56 for mild to wild. Plus the .357/.38 Special below and the .45 Colt above, the step child .41 just doesn't 'fit' anywhere . Just another cartridge that a few reloaders have taken a fancy to,,, which, BTW, there is nothing wrong with that .
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A .44 magnum will shoot .44 special too!!!

Just sayin'.....

I wish a 41 magnum would shoot a 41 special....oh wait ! I think that has happened . Just sayin'.....
I was thinking of getting 41 special dies and brass...but by just loading cast lead to special velocities and jacketed to magnum velocities in magnum cases ...why bother.
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