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.41 Magnum Phase Coming On.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ACP230, Dec 31, 2006.

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  1. ACP230

    ACP230 Member

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    Last time I went to the range I shot my .22 Charter Arms Pathfinder and a Russian air pistol the IZH53M. Nothing else. I was offered a chance to shoot a .22 conversion unit on a .45 frame but didn't have time.

    This summer I did quite a bit of work with my BHP Practical. It was what I wanted to shoot most for several months. (Cheap ammo had something to do with that, but mostly I just wanted to shoot a BHP.)

    For a while before that I shot mostly my M28 Highway Patrolman and my 2.5 inch M66.

    Now I feel a .41 Magnum phase coming on. My three-inch 657, four-inch nickel M57, and long-barreled stainless 657 are calling me.

    Anyone else go through these kind of phases?
     
  2. Sisco

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    Got bit by the .41 bug a long time ago.
    Note: Laser engraving on the Marlin stock done by THR's very own Larry Ashcraft. I still owe him one for that.
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  3. bigmike45

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    I have had a Ruger Redhawk in 41mag for over 25 years. It has a 7.5" barrel and about 15 years ago my family bought me a 2X Leupold scope for it. It has been my sole hunting gun since. I have taken many game animals with it but had kinda left it in the gun safe for the last few years since taking up bow hunting. Here is my game getter.
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    I had been looking for the stainless 5.5" barrel version of the same gun since I bought the 7.5" but it eluded me until about 18 months ago, when I found one new in a gun show in Austin, TX. Then I found another stainless 5.5" about 6 months ago and decided to do some modifications to get what I really wanted. I decided to make it a 4" version like one of the really nice Bowen Customs. I cut and recrowned the barrel, installed a new interchangable front sight from Weigand Combat, polished all internal trigger parts, rounded the lower corners on the grip frame then reworked the factory grips to match the frame, chamfered the front of the cylinder to resemble the single action cylinder and dehorned the whole gun. I still plan to bead blast it to a matte finish. It has really rejuvinated my love of the revolver and even caused me to break out the old reloading equipment and clean up about 500 cases for reloading. Here is the 41mag that started it "again" for me.
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  4. Ala Dan

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    I too have "flashes" of the past, and certainly the .41 magnum topps
    that list. But unless you handload, factory ammunition is becoming
    very scarce. 'Bout all I can get is the 210 grain L-SWC as loaded by
    Remington; and past practice has proven that this load leads the
    barrel so bad that it takes hours too successfully clean. Besides, I
    couldn't see the forrest for the trees and traded my 4" S&W model
    57 (no dash) for a very early 4" nickel S&W model 29 some years
    ago~!:uhoh: :eek: :(
     
  5. Bear41mag

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    BigMike....absolutly beautiful piece of iron ya got there.

    Drooling all over my keyboard fer sure and fer certain.
     
  6. ACP230

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    I've had almost no leading problems in my .41s, and I've shot a lot of LSWCs, inclunding the Remington "Police Load."

    I've had more leading problems in my .45 ACP Pin Gun.
     
  7. 22-rimfire

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    The 41 magnum revolvers call me all the time. I do have a new one to shoot which I have not gotten around to trying out; a 5.5" Redhawk (blue). I think it's time.
     
  8. HiWayMan

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    No one likes a braggart.;)
     
  9. phoglund

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    Personally I'd like everybody to go through an extended .41 Mag phase so more companies would load the ammo and perhaps some could be easily found for reasonable prices!!
     
  10. Jimmy Newman

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    I know the feeling... I'm liking my .41 mag, too! I got interested in handgun hunting a while back, but decided that .357 wasn't quite enough gun for me. I started looking for a model 57, and a month or two later came across a pretty good 6" blue one. I shot a deer with it day before yesterday, and it worked really well!

    I've been able to find PMC truncated cone soft point practice ammo (210 gr) and Federal 250gr hard cast hunting bullets locally. I've been reloading my empties, and everything seems to be going pretty well.
     
  11. JohnL2

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    Man, I know the feeling. My bank account can't keep up with my tastes.
    If I had the money I'd get a Benelli autoloader, Freedom Arms .44 mag and .454 Casull revolvers, McMillan Bros. rifles, and so on and so on.

    I've been wanting a .41 mag Bisley but will have to wait since I want to get a match competition AR.
     
  12. 22-rimfire

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    The 41 Magnum needs to be more popular. It is really a great round for hunting and general big bore shooting. I check on line and you frequently find them out of stock on the less expensive loadings. If more would shoot, there would be more manufactures loading the stuff. I generally don't have a lot of problem finding 41 mag ammo at gunshops, but I hate the 20 round boxes.

    The other day I was condensing all my 41 mag ammo into one storage container. Have more that I thought and I just ordered another 250 rounds. I believe it is time to warm up the revolvers next nice day that I have free.
     
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    Unfortunately I don't own a 41mag.

    I do go through phases though. Sometimes it's 22's, others I pull out the 38's or 357mag's, yet other times I take a couple 44mag's to the range. Other times a couple of 1911's.

    When my nephew and I go to the hills, we have difficulty deciding what we're going to take with us. Often, many more guns and ammunition than we should. 4,000 rounds in one day could be view'd as excessive by some..

    The crappy part is cleaning everything when we get home.

    -Steve
     
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  14. ACP230

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    HiWayMan:
    That's why I didn't mention the M58, the blue six-inch M57, the Marlin 1894FG, and the two Ruger Redhawks. :D

    They are all calling me now!
     
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    SSSHHHHH........quiet! We all know that 41 mag is a useless underpowered caliber. No one needs to own a gun chambered in such a worthless caliber.:D

    Three 41 redhawks here. They are HOME, and never going anywhere.
     
  16. Cosmoline

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    I've felt the same bug. I love the .357 but wish it had a little more umph for the field, but I've never loved the .44 Mag. The .41 seems ideal. I just picked up a 1972 three screw with a very sweet trigger. Now for the Midway order!
     
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    Actually gave up my .44mag revolver after messing with my .41 for a while. .41Mag is now my "Big" gun. As a smallbore handgunner I don't have a lot of room for big guns and I found the .41 does all I need.
     
  18. Cosmoline

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    The .41 is the thinking man's magnum :D
     
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    I wouldn't help much as most of mine have never tasted factory ammo.
     
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    I currently have a blackhawk. I am wanting to get a levergun in .41 also.

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  21. Cosmoline

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    Part of the problem is the .41 never got enough press. So here's my initial effort along these lines.

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  22. Cosmoline

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    Was looking at Sportsman Guide (SG) web site and noticed they still have PMC 41 mag ammo in stock. Price is very good or typical of PMC ammunition. I ordered a few boxes. Maybe some of other folks may want to order some factory ammo too. I never check SG for ammunition prices. You learn something every day.
     
  24. homefront

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    Thoght I'd chime in.

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    I'm very impressed with the Marlin 1894. Shoulders as well and as quickly as my Winchesters, and the .41 mag is a very versatile caliber.
    Of course, I handload and that makes all the difference, as it does for all calibers. I cast my own bullets, too, which just opens thing up even more.

    Charley
     
  25. Cosmoline

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    FYI, Midway has a sale on the superlative Starline .41 magnum brass. I just loaded up on it. In my experience the Starline is better made and considerably stronger than most major brands.

    Homefront--what are you using for molds and your lead mix? I'm thinking about getting into casting the .41.
     
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