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mashburn posted this 26 May 2020

I just read the latest issue of "The Fouling Shot" and really did enjoy the articles about shooting and loading for big bore revolvers, especially Ed's article on Elmer Keith's bunch of cronies,  and the .44 Magnum development. These articles were right down my ally as far as revolver interest. I've shot them all but my most liked caliber is the .41 Magnum. I have a stainless Ruger Super Black Hawk Hunter that I'm starting to work up loads for at the present. Are there more .41 Mag. fans out there? In my opinion, for what ever it's worth, these were very informative and at the same time, enjoyable reading. Keep up the good work.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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45 2.1 posted this 26 May 2020

 I have a stainless Ruger Super Black Hawk Hunter that I'm starting to work up loads for at the present. Are there more .41 Mag. fans out there?       Mashburn

Yes, one of my favorite calibers. You will like the 41 Mag Hunter. I've killed several deer with mine. The absolute best to carry and hunt with IMO is the S&W stainless 41 Mag Mountain Gun. If you don't have one, you need to get one.

 

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mashburn posted this 27 May 2020

Hello 452.1,

The .41 Mag. isn't new to me. I carried an old .41 Ruger Blackhawk, that went every where I did,  for over 30 years. I'm still trying to figure out why I sold it. With that revolver, I killed about everything that walks, crawls, flies, swims or goes in the ground. I used Winchester 296 when reloading for that one. I now have some loaded for this one with 2400 which is working well but I plan on going back the WW296. I'm going to get a  GC mold and see what I can do with my powder coated bullets. All of the chamber throats mic the same so sizing for it will be easy. (not like sizing for a revolver with about three different throat sizes). The only mold that I have for this one is an old Lee.

Thanks for the response,

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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45 2.1 posted this 27 May 2020

You don't really need a GC mold for this caliber. It does fine with plain base bullets provided they're not undersize or too hard. Powder coat should let you shoot plain base with no trouble. For the 41, I've used Unique, 2400 and WW296 depending on how warm I loaded. The 41 Blackhawk loved the Lyman 41032 with a book max charge of Unique.... like you that's what I started with and it was deadly accurate (one of the old 041- frame series with the wood grips). 41's are pretty trouble free on loading and provide great accuracy.

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Tom Acheson posted this 27 May 2020

Could not resist responding about my favorite revolver round, the .41 Mag.

I came upon my S&W Model 57 via a trade. I had a Model 25 that I had sent back to the factory to have a 45 Colt cylinder fitted to it. A friend was enamored with it and he had an 8 3/8” 57 that I wanted because I was going try handgun hunting. So we traded.

I have almost 22,000 rounds through the 57 and have taken (23) Wyoming Mule Deer, between it and another .41 revolver, all with cast bullets and iron sights. The first one was taken in 1982. The majority of the rounds in the 57 were shot doing load testing but mostly handgun silhouette matches. In those matches I entered the categories of Revolver, Production and Standing at the matches with that 57, using cast bullets only.

H &G 220 grain plain base bullets were used a lot. For hunting a SSK 275-grain bullet or a Hoch 300-grain bullet were used. Many powders were tried. Early on WW 296 and H-110 were used. But, most notable are H-4227 and WW 680. But WW 231, Bullseye and WST worked well for target shooting. At one time I believed gas checks were needed. But eventually concluded that was not the case.

For a long time I wanted a Model 58. N frame, 4” barrel, fixed sights. Then I found one on Gun Broker that was bought. But then a year later one surfaced in a local gun shop on consignment. The owner had died and his wife was stuck with selling his toys. This one has the diamond service grips, serial numbered grips, correct box, etc. and had never been fired. I bought that one but have not yet fired it, the only gun I own that I have not shot.

I have owned .41 Mags from Freedom Arms, Dan Wesson and Eldorado. Even though the Freedom Arms version was the most accurate revolver I’ve ever owned, I still prefer S&W’s.

Tom

 

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mashburn posted this 30 May 2020

Hello Tom,

The big revolvers are fine for just shooting or carrying only when you are hunting. The Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter that I have is a fine piece of shooting equipment, but for just carrying around I prefer a more compact .41 Mag. The old short barreled Black Hawk that I sold filled my needs as a carrying pistol just fine. I will buy another, sooner or later. I'm in the process of building a nice leather shoulder holster for my .41 at this time. I purchased two nylon shoulder holsters and you have to walk around with your shoulders squinched up to keep it from sliding off your shoulder. I have several dollars of leather in the project but when finished it will be very functional and good looking. Thanks for your response, I enjoyed it.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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Tom Acheson posted this 30 May 2020

David,

Have you thought about the S&W Model 58? Fixed sights, 4” bull barrel. If I wanted to carry a wheelgun that would be it. I currently carry a Springfield 3.8 XDM in .45 ACP. I asked what the “m” stands for and I was told “match”. A match grade barrel 3.8” long? 

My second favorite revolver is a Model 25-2, 6 1/2”. After our Thursday CBA match, a friend loaned me his, a stainless Model 25 with 5” barrel, made in 1988. Using Auto Rim ammunition, that one is very accurate. No wonder....each cylinder exit hole is the same...0.452”. Today S&W has difficulty pulling that level of consistency off. If I could afford it I’d have someone make a modified version of a 25. Blue, fixed sights, bull barrel, recessed cylinder openings, 4” barrel, all cylinder exit holes the same.

My hunting revolver holster is leather. It is one piece that goes over the right shoulder and angles down to the  left with the holster under your left arm pit. This is quite useful as it leaves your hands free to help climbing or dragging a deer. In Wyoming you walk A LOT, no deer stands, so mobility is an asset. In 1981 I set aside a day to walk the rancher’s fence line. If the land was flat it would have been 25-miles....but the land isn’t flat!

I have an EROS aerial photo of the ranch area with a scale on it so I was able to calculate the length of the fence line. Took all day, sun up to sunset, to make the walk. Elevation there is about 5,100, feet so you need a couple days to acclimate before committing to that kind of day-long effort. But it was great!

Tom

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