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Old June 6th, 2011, 12:23 PM   #1
 
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.41 Mag Blackhawk

A friend of mine is going through his gunsafe thinning the herd before they move and he asked me if I'd be interested in a Blackhawk .41 mag. I don't know much about the versatility of the cartridge but right away I was interested. I don't have any SA revolvers but I've been looking for one now a while. So, other than being a popular hunting cartridge what other realistic applications does the .41 mag offer. Is this a chambering that, like the .45 colt, can support other chambering? He has it setup to be used with or without a scope and is including the scope. I don't know the asking price yet but I know it will be a good deal period. Thoughts?



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Old June 6th, 2011, 01:04 PM   #2
 
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Everyone seems to like the 41 now, but seems no one did when they were being made.
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When I looked at the ballistics from Doubletap Ammo I'm not surprised. Over 900 ft/lbs of energy! That is a mean round.
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I acquired my first two 41 mags in the mid '70's. A Smith 57 and a NMBH. Used both for handgun silhouette, but preferred the Ruger. Still have both, plus a NMBH FT and a NM Bisley. Also have a 41 Special by Bowen that is a nice light caliber to plink with. You cannot go wrong with the 41 caliber, especially if you hand load (and don't we all?).
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They are still being made. Ruger makes NM Blackhawks in 4 5/8" and 6 1/2" barrels.

I use mine as a woods gun when fishing/hiking in bear country. Ammo is somewhat hard to find on the shelf, if you like to range shoot it's best to reload.
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Everyone seems to like the 41 now, but seems no one did when they were being made.
"(W)hen they were being made"? They've been in continuous production at Ruger since 1965.
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As a hunting revolver does anyone have any first hand experience? And hunting loads (other than hand loads) they prefer? I don't reload yet but I've been planning on starting anyway so I will eventually load .41s. Is it a finicky load for reloading or is it like 9mm and .45acp where it's a pretty straight forward load?
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Here's a little load data for .41mag.
Cartridge Loads - Hodgdon Reloading Data Center - data.hodgdon.com
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i had the super blackhawk in .44 mag, at the time there was not much going on with the .41 , its a decent round but imo its overshadowed by the .44 . i cant think of too many good reasons to choose one over the .44 other than shooters who might prefer a slightly smaller framed gun.
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I have been using a New Model Blackhawk .41 magnum for over 25 years. It is also my main carry gun. When I am carrying it concealed in a highride holster I use 170 grain Winchester Silvertips Hollow Points. When hunting deer I use 210 grain Jacketed Hollow Points. I have purchased some Corbon 250 grain Hard Cast to try out next year. Don't know much about ballistics but it will kill what you shoot with it. I don't reload so have to go to a gun shop to buy ammo. I shoot a lot and it is expensive.

A friend of mine in Montana shoots his elk every year with one.

I like the .44 magnum but for some reason the .41 holds a special place with me.
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If all you are likely to hunt is deer and black bear the 41 is as good as any other revolver at reasonable ranges. Ammunition is the realm of the reloader unless you are near an exceptionally well stocked gun shop and have an exceptionally well stocked wallet.

My standard load for years has been 19.0grs of 2400 and a 220gr. Keith SWC (429421). I get right at 1500fps with that load. Lately I've been experimenting with big bullets (255gr) and there's the light load of Unique when I'm just making noise. The 41mag has all of the versatility of the bigger magnums but is a more pleasant package IMO. If I felt I needed something bigger I would probably skip the 44mag and jump to the 454.
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I have the Blackhawk in 41 mag. I'm not a hunter, just enjoy shooting it, always wanted a "cowboy" style gun. As others have said, you will want to reload unless you have a fat wallet - factory ammo is pricey, if you can find it. I bought mine from an acquaintance back in 2009, right when ammo was at its worst. Knew when bought it would not find ammo, that was one reason acquaintance was selling it. So my first shots with it were my reloads - a tad stressful, but all worked out fine.
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This a great round in a great platform --I would grab it. My hunting buddy has three .41's and he specifically hunts with them--and he is a good shot with them. The .41mag has less snap and snarl than the .44mag and it shoots flatter. My only regret was not to follow him when he went down this road.
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any large straight walled pistol round is relatively easy to load. there are plenty of good quality cast-lead and jacketed bullets also. if you don't reload now, when you see how much a box of 50 rounds costs at Cabelas (and don't waste your time looking at Walmart), yuu WILL..(40-50+ bucks per BOX).
Problem is that the caliber is esoteric enough that there are no economies of scale to be had. Same for many other older calibers for which guns have long since been out of production. One of the LGSs I troll through periodically had a newish box of Remington 25-20 for ca. $70/50. Same shop has 9mm for $25ish/50 in various configurations.
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Great caliber if you hand load...Tough to find factory ammo for it at working man's wages ... but the brass has always been available through Midway, etc. I've had three of the big .41's, a Smith and two Rugers, and loved them all. Currently, my son has one of them and I've got the other two.

It's a good hunting cartridge, with just a bit less recoil in similar guns than the .44 Mag. Plenty of power for anything in the lower 48. Lots of good bullets for hunting etc. Easy to load down to target levels with plenty of options in the commercial cast bullet category.

Here's a pic of one of mine; the groups were shot, sitting at 25 yds from a knees up, back supported position. My Flat Top 6-1/2" will do as well, as does the Smith.....Rod

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