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Reloading 41 magnum
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Author:  NebrHogger [ Fri May 22, 2020 6:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Reloading 41 magnum

I'm pretty well caught up with stuff from Comrade Publisher so it was time to experiment with new loads for my S&W 41 mag. I'd already ordered Starline brass and Acme bullets (if Acme works for Wile E, I'll go with it, too ;) )

These are the Lyman 215 grain gas check bullet with no gas check but coated. Looked in 3 manuals to find 18.0 grains of 2400 was under max & loaded 50 of those. Which are full house magnum. Took several rounds to get over the flinch!

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A long time ago, a friend cast me a pile of 41 caliber wadcutters that weigh right at 200 grains lubed. No data is available for that design, so I went with loads for the next heaviest bullet I could find. 8.0 grains Unique was well under max and hardly any flinching with that one.

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Our state run range is closed to at least July 1, but no worries - I went out on a deserted county road to put a rock in my target box & fell back 25 paces. No surprise, the 1st shot of both types went wild - groups of the remaining 4 are shown.

Top 4 are the wadcutter loads - hot ones below that. I think the wadcutter load is a keeper. Since there was no traffic, I set up the chronograph.

The 200 grain wadcutters with 8.0 Unique went:

215 grain coated SWCs over 18.0 2400 went:

Dug out my IHMSA (silhouette association) accuracy book to find 41 mag groups consistently begin opening up at velocities over 1350 fps. So I'll drop down to 17.0 grains/ 2400 after I shoot up all the 18 grainers.

My hand still tingles, but it was a fun afternoon! :bigrin: SW

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Author:  A square 10 [ Fri May 22, 2020 10:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Reloading 41 magnum

so what do you shoot these in ? im not familiar with anything that shoots a 41 magnum

Author:  NebrHogger [ Fri May 22, 2020 10:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Reloading 41 magnum

I'm running these through my S&W Model 57. Also have a 14" Contender bbl in 41 mag. This is one of the seller's pics - I took the Hogues off & added Pachmayr soft grips.

41 mag isn't quite as rank as 44, but it's still a handful.

It was made in '77 and from the box has a much better trigger than new S&Ws I've handled. For my money, I'll look for a nice older one before buying another new "classic".

I think mine dates from the time a lot of guys HAD to have a Smith magnum after watching Dirty Harry. S&W and distributors really took advantage of that and dealers had to buy a ton of junk from distributors to get new S&Ws.

Ironically, many of the guys who HAD to possess a big magnum revolver suddenly lost interest when they were rudely introduced to Mr Recoil. Which is the case here. I bet this gat hasn't had 2 boxes of mastodon whackers run through it.

But the more I mess with it, the better I like it! :bigrin: SW

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Author:  A square 10 [ Sat May 23, 2020 10:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Reloading 41 magnum

OK , i remember that , never felt the need myself but i get needin a dirty harry handgun , i know a couple folks that did that - seldom shoot them and one is thinking of selling his off now after holding them all these years , glad to know someone is really thinking of shooting them , its really cool you load for yours ,

Author:  rebel49 [ Mon May 25, 2020 12:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Reloading 41 magnum

I bought my .44 S&W 29 in 84, shot the crap out of it for 3 yrs, loved it. Although the arthritis in my hands wasn't bad then. I shot it about 3 yrs ago and couldn't close my right hand for two days, bummer. Now I shoot .44 Specials mostly, and towards the end shoot some magnums.
I have a S&W 657 .41 mag, and at one time a 3 screw .41 mag Ruger, 4 5/8" BBL. Had to sell that to pay off the debts the X stuck me with, really do miss that gun.
.41 mag has always been my favorite and love shooting the 657.

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