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Tell me about .41 Magnum.

roccoracer

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I have seen a couple of revolvers chambered in .41 mag at a local gun store. I imagine the ammo is more difficult to find than most others revolver calibers so is it worth it?
I also ask because I was handed a box of .41 mag ammo for free last week.
 

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The story behind .41 Magnum is similar to 10mm Auto. The .41 Magnum was a brainchild intended to fill a perceived performance gap between .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum for police in the 1960s and 70s. The .41 Magnum was developed by Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan, and Skeeter Skelton.

If you're really into 1960s-era gun writing, the .41 Magnum might have some appeal from a "why not?" and nostalgic point of view. From a practical point of view, 10mm Auto is available in more guns these days and is still going relatively strong.

Buy what makes you happy.
 

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Reloading data for days on that.
You can make .41 Spl if the brass gets iffy around the mouth.
I'm sure theres someone around here that casts for it. Good selection of gr weights and designs too.
 

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I'm kind of a neewbie to this caliber but I have a newer Model 57 and a Henry Big Boy in .41 Mag. Would like to find 657 to add to the stable. I'm well stocked on components for it too. I' have only loaded a few small batches with the 210gr JHP. This is just another caliber that I didn't need but wanted..LOL
 

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Eh,
I LOVE the .41 magnum to the exclusion of all other revolver calibers. Have two Blackhawks and a Model 57 and 58 S&W's. Before things went mental, I was buying HSM semi-wadcutters and Magtech and Black hills cowboy loads for around $35 a box of fifty. There really are a variety of loads available for it.
Reloading is fun too, if they ever make primers for the secondary market again.
 
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Stockwell hit the nail on the head, if you're not a reloader the 10mm is the better choice for cheaper ammo and also lower recoil with .40. Even tho 10mm & 40 aren't 9mm or .357, it's much more popular than .41 Magnum and it's a good thing that the 10/40 aren't 9/357 because that means you may likely find some of the ammo at normal prices.

One benefit that I think would make the 10mm revolver an even better choice than .41 Magnum is you can ream the chambers in the cylinder deeper for the 10mm Magnum, which is a legit magnum equal to .41 Mag in power, but would still retain the ability to shoot 10mm Auto and .40 S&W. Would be much more powerful than .357, but not quite .44 Mag in power, however IDK how often full power .44 Mag is needed, probably almost never for most people.
 
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