i have three of them. 1 4 5/8 new model 1 6 1/2 new model and 1 41 superblackhawk bisley hunter model. I shoot all of them and ahve a mold that throws a 215 gr semiwadcutter. I have taken a lot of deer in Iowa with these guns. I admit if you don't hand load the ammo is a little scarce but if you do hand load you can get excellent performance with them. I have found them to have a lighter recoil then the 44 but be just as effective on deer size game. The trajectory is a little flatter due to lighter bullets then the 44.
Don't get me wrong I also have a few 44's but I usually grab the 41 when deer season rolls around. Steve
I've got my share of 44's and 45's and never really considered the 41. Just never really knew much about it, but I've gotten intrigued due to a minty NM, 4 5/8", born in mid to late '89 that a buddy of mine made the mistake of letting me play with.
I've been reloading for well on 25 years, but have recently had the urge to pour my own. I feel like this .41 just might be a good excuse to start doing so.
Now I just gotta talk him out of it. :lol:
On another note, I haven't bought new brass in almost 10 years and see that a lot of places are out of stock. Where's everyone going to get their brass nowdays?
In the factory loadings it is the most powerful cartridge in the Blackhawk line. Of course the 45colts can be loaded up to, and beyond the 41 mag. With the aluminum gripframe and ejector housing the "new model" is quite snappy. If you are a handloader it is a great cartridge to play with. I find the .41mag to be very accurate and the Blackhawk in 6.5" to be a very handy gun. It is my favorite shooter although I modified the grip, hammer and trigger. see avatar.
I've got an early NM, IIRC, it's a '73 vintage. Came with a set of Pachmyr Presentations on it. I just picked up a set of plow handles for it from anothr member here, and want to try them out. It's the sweetest shooting pistol I own, including my Gold Cup, which ain't no slouch. Excellent trigger, and as accurate as I'll ever be. Aluminum ERH.
I've taken a few deer with the Hornady 210 gr XTP, nothing longer than about 45-50 yards. And they didn't get far.
I had some 215 gr LSWC Bull-X cast bullets I was using for practice. I'll admit, it's been awhile since I spent much time either loading for or shooting it. Too much time working. I intend to do something about that this year!
FWIW, I acquired a 41. mag Redhawk last year, and ran approximately 200 rounds thru it. I liked it, but not nearly as much as my Blackhawk, so I sold it to fund another project. I had always wanted 1, so I guess I can say I tried it!
I also had an OM Super Blackhawk years back, which I liked too, but the .41 mag won that face off, and I traded it. I couldn't really afford the 2 calibers at that time, so.... kinda wish I'd kept it, tho.
Bottom line, you won't go wrong with a .41 mag Blackhawk! :wink:
I'll chime in here & say that the 41 mag is and always has been a quiet underdog in the shooting world. It seems to live in the shadow of a bigger caliber,, ( the 44 mag) yet,,,, it has a true core of shooters who have discovered the true enjoyment of this fine caliber. yes,, it doesn't enjoy as many factory loads available,, nor the wide selection of factory bullets,, but if you cast,, and reload,, it truly becomes a shining diamond among a lot of other supposidily "better" calibers.
I own several,, and NEVER hesitate to add another when they come along,,!
Ruger dropped the steel ejector housings on the Single-Sixes and Blackhawks back in late '62/early '63. Some of the recently produced Blackhawks do have steel housings. I'm not "up to date" on them very well, though.
Both the aftermarket industry and Ruger have been producing steel housings since the early/mid 1990's so your .41 may have had one "added"......
I'm sure it's a good round and there's a place for it, but I just never had much interest in it. It just seems like a solution looking for a problem. if you handload, .44 covers everything on both sides of it, then there's always .45Colt and .454 if you really need a little extra.
I have an old 3 screw Blackhawk in .41 with the 4 5/8" barrel. I enjoy it alot, does pretty much what the 44mag does with a little less recoil. I bought it because it was the first 3 screw I had ever seen. Ammo can be scarce, and expensive, but since I handload for it that's not a factor now. The 44 is a better choice overall, but I ain't getting rid of my .41.
Acquired my first NMBH in 41 Magnum in 1976. 6.5" barrel. When I was into handgun silouette, used same to win 1980 state championship IHMSA in my class, standing, 32 of 40. 220 gr. Sierra JSP ahead of 21 grains H-4227. Still one of the most accurate revolvers I own. Should have had the Bowen rear sight then as I have on it now.