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#182327 - 08/04/17 12:38 AM .41mag means a great cartridge
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The .41 mag has proven to be a most useful cartridge to me for handgun hunting....It seems that no matter what make of handgun your shooting, the 41 is accurate...I`ve been told that a big reason for the accuracy is that from the beginning the bore dimensions have been the same .410" for every maker with no variation as with other calibers.. My 7 1/2" S&W, with or without scope, puts those 210 gr. bullets on target every time... A big plus for me is how much easier this caliber is to shoot when compared with 44mag or bigger cartridges... Then when I add a hot handload to my scoped Freedom Arms model 83, I can expect almost rifle like accuracy... All in all I find that the .41mag is an almost perfect caliber for most of the handgun hunting that can be found across North America....
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#182330 - 08/04/17 07:03 AM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Nice write up and nice pig. I've been eyeballing the .41 for quite some time now. I have a .44 and 10mm, so this would fit nicely right between.

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#182332 - 08/04/17 08:41 AM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: Randy M]
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I tend to agree. I have several guns to choose from but its hard not to pick up the bisley hunter .41.
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#182333 - 08/04/17 10:39 AM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: reflex264]
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People are quick to say that the .41 sits between the .357 and .44 magnum in power, but that just isn't true. Hornaday's factory 210xtp load generates a little more than 100 foot pounds of kinetic energy more than their factory 240 grain .44 magnum load. The same is true of Remington's loadings. While I will admit that the .44 has more pure power potential when you get into heavier bullets, the .41 is right there with until you get above about 250 grain projectiles. In a world without big bears (Texas) I feel like there isn't anything anybody can do with a .44 that can't be done with the .41.
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#182334 - 08/04/17 10:52 AM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: nuclearweasel]
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 Originally Posted By: nuclearweasel
People are quick to say that the .41 sits between the .357 and .44 magnum in power, but that just isn't true. Hornaday's factory 210xtp load generates a little more than 100 foot pounds of kinetic energy more than their factory 240 grain .44 magnum load. The same is true of Remington's loadings. While I will admit that the .44 has more pure power potential when you get into heavier bullets, the .41 is right there with until you get above about 250 grain projectiles. In a world without big bears (Texas) I feel like there isn't anything anybody can do with a .44 that can't be done with the .41.


I don't think looking at muzzle energy figures does any cartridge justice. It's calculated and not measurable and frankly a poor measure of lethality. The .41 has proven time and again, that when loaded properly, if is one fine animal killing machine!
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#182335 - 08/04/17 11:40 AM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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I had, at one time a Blackhawk in .41 magnum. Got rid of it because I "had to have" a .44 magnum. Well, now that I have 2 .44's, among other calibers a .41 is always in the back of my mind should the right one come along at the right time. If only I had known then............

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#182336 - 08/04/17 12:30 PM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: TM]
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The .41 Mag is my favorite revolver cartridge. I own three, a 4 5/8" Blackhawk, a S&W 57 6" and a Super Redhawk .41. There's just something about the .41 I've always liked.

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#182338 - 08/04/17 01:57 PM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: 45BBH]
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I love my Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter... I wouldn't trade it for a truck load of 44's. Such a killer and very sweet to shoot!
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#182339 - 08/04/17 02:09 PM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: Ruger Rebel]
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Hoping to bloody my late grandfather's 41 Magnum Blackhawk this year.
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#182344 - 08/04/17 02:59 PM Re: .41mag means a great cartridge [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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If you've got a 44 you really don't need a 41 but need never has anything to do with it when it comes to guys & handguns. The 41 trails the 44 a bit in versatility but not in accuracy & only a little with 250 gr bullets. Go above 250's & the 44 rules.
Never kept track but I've probably taken just as much game with my 41's as I have with my 44's.
I could easily spend the rest of my life with my 5 1/2" 41 Bisley & never have any regrets. And if I had to use one load it would be 17 grs of 2400 with a 250 gr LBT & I'd eat backstraps til the day I died.

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