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Discussion in 'Lever Action' started by BlkHawk73, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. BlkHawk73

    BlkHawk73 Active Member

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    I guess I always took this nice model for granted. I grabbed one years back, a minty one for what i thought was a bit on the high side, but I wanted it as I love the .41 magnum cartridge. I see now they're going for 2x or more for what I paid. Are they really that sought after for what they are or is there something else to them?
     
  2. Hyphenated

    Hyphenated Well-Known Member

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    It's a supply and demand thing with a little added romance because it is a .41. Until you've owned a .41mag you just don't know how capable they are.
     

  3. tahoe2

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    I think they(Marlin) just didn't make enough to satisfy the masses, so they bring a premium price. And those that have em, know it !!
    If I could afford it, I would snap up the first one I could find. I bet if Winchester cataloged one they would make a killing also.
    I have been shooting and reloading the .41 Magnum for about 10 years. Love it !
    I have shot 44's and 454's (they were just too much for me)but I like the .41 Mag & 45 Colt(I need to get one of those).
     
  4. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Why do you prefer the 41 to the 44?
     
  5. tahoe2

    tahoe2 Well-Known Member

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    41 over 44

    It's probably psychological, but I feel the 44 recoil is snappier and heavier than the 41, but I haven't shot them s/s for a true eval. I have shot a 41 and 45Colt s/s, the Colt had standard 255 RNFP @1000 fps and a 215 SWC @1050 for the 41. Both are not mild, but not real heavy either, in the recoil dept, but effective on just about anything in North America, ceptin maybe big Griz!! My heavy loads in .41 are a 210 Hornady XTP @1350 which are pretty stout in my 57-5 S&W Mtn Gun 4" or my Ruger Blackhawk 4-5/8".
    Haven't tried the Cast Performance 250's yet but I'll bet they wander into 44 territory pretty easy!
     
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  6. BlkHawk73

    BlkHawk73 Active Member

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    For me it's pretty much due to it's just different. Not a fan of the all-too-common cartridges and the .44 mag certainly falls in that category. Many discount the .41 mag yet get all excited about that mighty .44, errr, .429 magnum. ;) I simply don't see any circumstance that the .41 won't be capable of my needs that would be able to be done with the .429 mag.
     
  7. Plumber

    Plumber Well-Known Member

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    My reloading manuals don't have loads for a 41 Mag in a rifle.
    What would be a max. load with a 220 grain bullet, in an 1894 FG?
    And what kind of muzzle velocity would you get?
     
  8. Hyphenated

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    You are right about .41mag data for rifles...pretty slim pickens. The hottest load published for handguns in my Hornady manual is 22.8grs of H110 using a 210gr JHP in a S&W revolver.

    I use the same powder charge, but I substitute a 200gr JHP. It clocks 1860fps in my FG and is very accurate. If you want to use the 220gr bullet I would back the powder off to 22grs as max. I have read stories on the net of guys using 22grs of H110 and bullets as heavy as 255grs., but your rifle may not last long at that level. JMO
     
  9. Plumber

    Plumber Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Hyphenated, my Hornady third and fifth editions don't have any data for the 41 Mag in a rifle.
     
  10. Hyphenated

    Hyphenated Well-Known Member

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    Hey Plumber...my FG will shoot under an inch at 50yds using 22.8grs of H110 with Remington 200gr JHP. It would probably do better with someone else holding the gun.:D
     

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  11. Plumber

    Plumber Well-Known Member

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    I can relate to the yonger guy holding the gun. I have an old bolt gun that used to shoot 3/4" groops at 100 yards all day long, (40 years ago).
    Now I'm lucky to get 1 1/2" with the same reloads.
     
  12. Hyphenated

    Hyphenated Well-Known Member

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    Life can be cruel. We use to have eyes like an eagle and nerves of steel. Now things are starting to rust. :(
     
  13. BlkHawk73

    BlkHawk73 Active Member

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    I never really thought about "rifle" loads for the .41 mag. Always was content with using revolver loads. I can certainly see the availability of a squeezing a bit more out of the cartridge but for me...I'm happy as is. :)