the 41 special


April 5, 2011, 10:55 AM
does anyone have a recipe for this .
Thank You.

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April 5, 2011, 11:21 AM
Try this:

April 5, 2011, 12:41 PM
The May 2011 Shooting Times magazine on news-stands now has a complete story on the .41 Special, with load data for 9 different loads.

In my openion, there is no good reason to screw with it, unless you have a custom revolver with a cylinder too short to accept full length .41 Mag cases.

You can down-load .41 Mag to .41 Special performance levels far easier then you can trim .41 Mag cases to make .41 Spl cases out of them.

And then have to spend more time cleaning the short case fouling rings out of the longer chambers every time you shoot them in a .41 Mag cylinder.


April 5, 2011, 02:14 PM
It would have to be a labor of love. I really have no desire to own a 36-38oz .41Mag but I still go back to reread the article and lust after Taffin's Bowen Colt SAA .41Spl. I'd love to have one just like it, only " shorter. He's getting 1200fps out of a 215gr cast bullet, which is all I'd ever ask of such a sixgun so at that, why bother with a .41Mag?

I'd like to go one step further into obscurity and turn a Ruger Old Model Blackhawk .357 convertible into a .38-40/.401Powermag convertible. To load to similar levels.

April 5, 2011, 07:16 PM
There was a feller on Rugerforum who had a run of 41 specialcases made up by Starline. These had the 41 Special headstamp. I use the Taffin loads and a few of my own with either the SWC bullets or the Remington 210 JSP loads. I use my 41 Mag. Blackhawk with these loads.

Brian Williams
April 5, 2011, 10:11 PM
I would love to have a K/L frame modified to run 41 spec, if S&W can run 40 S&W in a titanium cylinder L frame, a Steel K frame could be made in 41 Spec.

April 6, 2011, 11:22 AM
I don't think there's enough room in a K-frame but an L-frame can simply be rechambered and rebored. Although loads must be kept relatively low, not run to 1200fps like in the custom Colt.

Wil Terry
April 6, 2011, 11:47 AM
I did mine in 41RUSSIAN and it was even better than the 41SPL. Just for the record, I shot the first 41SPL ever made on the day it was delivered.
AND so it goes...

April 6, 2011, 12:48 PM
The way to do it, if you have a .41 Magnum revolver, would be to use Magnum cases, and use 41 Special load data.

I do it all the time for my .44 Magnum. It's great fun, not getting beat up by magnum loads.

I just rolled some (plenty of case capacity left) that were made as such:

Mixed brass
185 gr. FP hard cast bullets (meister bullets)
Winchester WLP primers (I'd use magnum primers if I had another brand)
6.0 gr. of HP38

Feels like .38 Specials from my big Redhawk. Very accurate.

I'm sure the same load would work in .41 Magnum cases to make .41 Special loads. Forget this jazz with trimming cases down.

April 6, 2011, 12:49 PM
Now I'm really jealous, Terry! Is it me or is that Colt really snappy looking with the unfluted cylinder?

Wil Terry
April 6, 2011, 01:04 PM
YEP !!!!

April 7, 2011, 12:27 PM
Would it be safe to load the 41special loads in 41mag brass and fire them in my Mountain Gun. All of the loads that I have seem are below spec in the load manuals.

April 7, 2011, 07:31 PM
Would it be safe to load my 41mag brass to Taffin's spec for the 41 special. Would the pressure be ok to fire ion my Mountain Gun

Jim Watson
April 8, 2011, 11:30 AM
How do his .41 Special loads compare with .41 Magnum data?
Lighter, I bet.

April 8, 2011, 12:22 PM
If you want 41 Spl velocity levels in magnum cases just stay toward the low end of 41 mag load data. If 41 Spl data is below those powder levels you may want to steer clear.

April 8, 2011, 02:50 PM

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