.41 v .44

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by WashCoSarge, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. WashCoSarge

    WashCoSarge New Member

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    I'm looking to replace a gun I'm selling with a .41mag or a .44mag for kicking around in the hills. Don't have any experience with either. Does anybody have any suggestions or can you point me in the right direction? Thanks.
     
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    I own two .44 Special/Magnum firearms...as shown below...and both perform well in their missions as a backup handgun when hunting and as a truck gun. The 4" barrel on the S&W makes it a handy gun from the holster and the 12" barrel of the Taurus/Rossi Ranch Hand makes it good at slightly longer distances...

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    You mention "kicking around in the hills", so can we say it would be for self defense as compared to the hunting of game...your purpose for the firearm may be different than the ones I have...
     

  3. Spoon

    Spoon Well-Known Member

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    OUCH...was the first thing that came to mind in today's messed up world. Both effective calibers, but best wishes finding ammo or components without a lot of digging, searching or paying out the whazoo for what you can find. I'd take a .44 over the .41 if I was itching to own one. Shot quite a few rounds through other guys .44 S&W and Ruger revolvers. Even the 4" Shooter has listed can be managed with one hand by a fella with big mitts. Firing a hand cannon is something I don't care doing very often, but more punch with the heavier/bigger round in .44. I'll stick to the .357 and 45ACP as "big enough" to do what ever job I might need to use one.

    Best wishes on reaching your own decision and good luck finding a ready and affordable supply of stuff to feed it whether revolver, carbine or even a rifle.
     
  4. WashCoSarge

    WashCoSarge New Member

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    Thanks for the feed back. And yes, I will be using it for self defense from critters that want to chew on me. Fortunately, I live in an area where ammo and components seem to be slightly less unavailable than the rest of the country. I have a .45ACP and .357mag, but have heard horror stories from a friend who is an avid bear hunter. He recounted a hunt when he unloaded a .357 into a charging black bear and the only reaction from the bear was a growl and he just kept on coming. Good for him his partner was right beside him with a rifle to drop the bear at about 10 feet. Just trying to assure that if I'm in a similar situation, I will have enough gun and want to know what the best one would be.
     
  5. SHOOTER13

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    .44 Special and Magnum tend to be stocked more prevelant in my area...

    not saying that .41 magnum is not popular, as it generates somewhat lighter recoil

    and provides a slightly flatter bullet trajectory at longer ranges...and is a good hunting round.
     
  6. tahoe2

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    41 is my favorite

    My favorite hand gun round is the 41 Mag, I can hand-load it as a powder-puff
    or a Bear Stomper, it is accurate and I can pack it all day in a hip holster or a cross chest holster. Ammo availability is ok, but the price will set you back if you don't reload. The 44 Mag ammo is more readily available, and a wider selection of guns to be had. But I still prefer the 41.:D
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