pass or pick it up??


January 14, 2003, 09:08 PM
for some reason unbeknownst to me, i've been bent on getting a 41 mag for quite some time. i haven't been looking hard, but have been keeping my eye open in case one comes along. there's only one gun show in the area per year, and dealers don't have 41's in very often, being as most buyers would rather have the much more popular 44 or 357...

anyway, today i found one... it is a single action ruger in lnib condition (i thought it was new until he pointed out to me that it was used). the dealer is asking $300... first, is this a fair price? second, i was kind of set on a 7.5 - 8" barrel, and this one is only 6.5". does the extra 1-2" in barrel length really make enough difference in velocity that i should continue looking?

the gun will be scoped and used for deer hunting, if that makes any difference...

thanks for any input.

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Kahr carrier
January 15, 2003, 05:08 AM
That sounds like a good price it sounds like its in good cond .I would pick it up.:)

January 15, 2003, 07:25 AM
Ruger has only offered the Blackhawk (old model or new model) in either a 4 5/8" barrel or a 6 1/2" barrel. The price you found is good (not a steal but fair for a perfect condition gun as you describe). These guns are great - most accurate Blackhawks I own are (or have been) .41 Mags (I used to have a 4 5/8", but now I have a 6 1/2"). The .41 Mag is definately a reloaders caliber, as factory ammo is scarce on store shelves and expensive, usually $28.95 - $32.95 a box (I did find some new Remington factory ammo yesterday and bought it for $15.00 a box, but the guy was wanting to get rid of it.) My favorite load .41 Mag is 16.0 grains of 2400, a WLP or CCI-350, W-W brass and a 215 grain lead SWC - you can get consistant sub-2" groups at 25 yards - and I am not nearly as good with a handgun as some of these guys. Buy it, it will become you favorite pistol caliber. Odessa

January 15, 2003, 11:44 AM
Go for it.
From your post it sounds like they do not show up much in your area.
Offer $275 and see...
No, the extra inch makes little difference.
One of my 4" shoots better than the 6"; go figure?? The other 4" does not shoot better than the 6". So it varies from gun to gun.
Enjoy a great caliber.

January 15, 2003, 12:07 PM
If it's a 3-screw, it's worth it hands down. For a new model, might try talking him down a little.

Wil Terry
January 15, 2003, 12:17 PM
old model 3-screw RUGER 41MAG.
The only RUGER 41MAG with a longer bbl is/was the BISLEY with a 7 1/2" bbl in the single actions, and the RUGER REDHAWK/BLUEHAWK 41MAGS with also 7 1/2" bbls in a double action sixgun.

January 15, 2003, 03:25 PM
I was'nt. see pic below of how I modified mine.

January 15, 2003, 07:16 PM
I bought a 4 & 5/8-inch Blackhawk .41 from my uncle a few months back for $200. I shot some of his handloads through it and was quite impressed with the accuracy. Plus, it doesn't seem to recoil as hard as my dad's 7 & 1/2-inch .41 Bisley model. I can't wait to start rolling my own rounds for looks like it may turn into a "great" shooter!

January 16, 2003, 12:50 AM
thanks much for all the responses. i think i'll go over to the shop tomorrow and see if i can work a better price out for it. i have a sneaking suspicion that the dealer will be willing to knock a dollar or two off, we'll see.

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