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Woo Hoo! I get the first thread in the reloading section! :mrgreen: :p :eek: :lol:

I just ordered a new Blackhawk from my local pusher. 41 magnum, 4 and 5/8th barrel. It will be a month or so before I can get it but school me please. Favorite loads?

By the way, this breaks my single action center fire cherry. I can't wait.
 

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Woo Hoo! I get the first thread in the reloading section! :mrgreen: :p :eek: :lol:

I just ordered a new Blackhawk from my local pusher. 41 magnum, 4 and 5/8th barrel. It will be a month or so before I can get it but school me please. Favorite loads?

By the way, this breaks my single action center fire cherry. I can't wait.
Great start, aa"9 are 2400 behind a 215 grain lead smi wadcutter. It doe's not get any better. :D
 

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My Favorite load for the .41 Mag is one I arrived with after being very disappointed with the Original Remington .210 gr Lead bullet load. I found that load inaccurate and dirty. I found that about 10 gr HERCO behind a Speer jacketed semi Wadcutter 200 Gr HP or 220 Gr was cleaner, more accurate, and generally much better than the factory load in my S&W model 58. I did a lot of experimenting before coming up with this load but It worked for me in numerous Smith & Wesson guns and even a few Rugers over the last 40 years.

 

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Thanks guys. I will probably be starting with a 215 grain swc from Tennessee Valley Bullets (aka Bulletman, aka NKJNut). I would assume the nominal Ruger bore diameter is right at .410 and should be ordering .411 for this round if using lead?

Interesting choice of Herco, Jim. I see that name popping up everywhere lately, in many, many different calibers. I just may have to try that some day.
 

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Unique is ideally suited for the .41 Magnum. I shoot 8.0 Grains with a 210-220 Grn Cast Slug and 10.0 with a Jacketed Bullet of like weight. Most guns seem to like these loads.

Jim, aren't those Speer Half Jacketed SWC & SWCHP's out of print? I am down to my last three boxes and haven't seen any around in a while.....

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Glad to help Shawn....

Also, by son, Eric "Rangemaster" Hudson casts a pretty cool round nose slug that is kinda neat for paper punching....

Didn't you win a Karma from him recently?
 

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Glad to help Shawn....

Also, by son, Eric "Rangemaster" Hudson casts a pretty cool round nose slug that is kinda neat for paper punching....

Didn't you win a Karma from him recently?
Yes I did! I opted for some of his very well done Keith bullets in 38 caliber. I made up a box of the old 38/44 load in 38 brass and a box of 357 thumpers. Love that 2400!
 

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Well Eric's got a baby on the way, and being a starving young Policeman I bet he'd be happy to cast you some of his .41 slugs for a very reasonable price..... Eric has quite a variety of molds in this caliber....
 

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A baby?! That's great. Is this by chance your first grandkid, Drew?
 

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Yup... my First....

Eric is "adopted" so he's not exactly my blood, but he's 'family' just the same...

Hell Yeah! I take it! Just call me Grampa!......

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Right now I am running 8.2 grains of Unique behind a 210 grain SWC, also trying out 8.5 grains of Unique behind a 220 grain SWC and lastly a 215 SWC behind 8.3 grains of Unique.
 

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Forester,
Here's a GREAT load for RUGERS and Thompson/Centers...I also run them thru my S&W 657-4 with no issues at all.

NOTE: Other than the specific bullet type, this load is directly out of the Hornady 7th Edition reloading manual.

This load produces 50 cent piece groups with the 657-4 at 50 yards and one jaged hole with my 10" Contender. Good stuff! I'd love to have a rifle chambered in 41 Magnum to shoot these in!

It's my preferred deer hunting load...it'll wake you up in a Contender.

210 gr. Sierra JHC
22 gr. Lil' Gun
Win or Wolf LP Primers
Mixed Brass
OAL: 1.565

f.p.s. data:

S&W 657-4 w/7.5" barrel: 1,416 avg.
Contender w/10" barrel: 1,748 avg.

Bob
 

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Sebago Son said:
Unique is ideally suited for the .41 Magnum. I shoot 8.0 Grains with a 210-220 Grn Cast Slug and 10.0 with a Jacketed Bullet of like weight. Most guns seem to like these loads.

Jim, aren't those Speer Half Jacketed SWC & SWCHP's out of print? I am down to my last three boxes and haven't seen any around in a while.....

Drew
hi Drew,
I guess that they have been discontinued I always made a point of picking them up whenever I saw them but I haven't seen them in a while. I also got a Lyman 210 gr mold so I still have bullets that also work well with the HERCO. I am not sure that Herco is still available.

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I loaded up several different recipes last fall and just haven't had the time to actually sit down with a paper target and figure what really works best in mine!!!

Usually I'm satisfied with the "BANG-CLANG" school of accuracy....but I'm just going to have to take the time, I know!!!

I only could find some 215 cast lead SWC until I won some from one of the forum members a while back in higher weights. Haven't had time to load them yet, but it's getting closer.
 
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The first .41 that I bought, lo, these many years ago, was an OM Blackhawk 4 5/8". I used that gun for everything, and really enjoyed it.
For most of my everyday shooting, I used an RCBS 210gr SWC cast from wheelweights in front of 5gr Bullseye. Later I used the same design from Linotype with 19gr of Hercules 2400, or a Sierra 210gr hollow-point with 2400.
The next longterm .41, and the one I still carry now, is a S&W M57 6". The "bang-clang" for it is a Lyman 170gr cast from ww+2%tin(for easier casting)and since I had gone to trap-shooting, I had a BUNCH of 700X, so I used 7gr. My chronograph, an Oehler M33, tells me I have an MV of 1100fps.
My hunting load is the above SWC(Lino) with 16gr of Accurate #9. I carried that load when I lived in SE Alaska, and I'd not hesitate to use it on blackbear.
For a jacketed bullet load, I carry Remington 210gr softpoints with a stiff load of H110.
I hope you enjoy using your BH as much as I enjoyed mine.
Have fun,
Gene
 
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