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Old February 5, 2009, 10:13 AM   #1
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.41 Special

Is there a .41 Special forum?
If so where?
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Old February 5, 2009, 10:52 AM   #2
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Didn't know there was a .41 special! It would make the underappreciated .41 Mag platform more usable though for range time.
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Old February 5, 2009, 12:02 PM   #3
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It would make the underappreciated .41 Mag platform more usable though for range time.
You know, it still surprises me that that .41 Mag is still around at all, but a .41 Special might up the interest in this round a bit.
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Old February 5, 2009, 12:20 PM   #4
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The .41 Special is a wildcat that has been around for a bunch of years.

I tried to create a .41 Special type load for my Model 58, but it didn't go well.

When I started dropping back the velocity I started getting increasingly poor accuracy.
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Old February 5, 2009, 12:47 PM   #5
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The .41 Special is a wildcat that has been around for a bunch of years.
Just curious Mike, ballastically, where does the .41 Special fall? I'd guess closer to a .357 than not but its just a guess.
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Old February 5, 2009, 01:15 PM   #6
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Yeah, that would be about right, .357 in the power spectrum.

The idea was a 210-gr bullet at about 750-800 fps., or the same velocity specs as the original .38 and .44 Spl. loadings.
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Old February 5, 2009, 01:43 PM   #7
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Here is a link, the 41 spl. gets some chatter on this site.


http://shootersforum.com/showthread.htm?t=53854

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Old February 5, 2009, 02:27 PM   #8
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Yeah, that would be about right, .357 in the power spectrum.
Makes sense why the .41 Special wasn't (to my knowledge) a commerical offering then.
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Old February 5, 2009, 02:29 PM   #9
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Makes sense why the .41 Special wasn't (to my knowledge) a commerical offering then.
It can easily exceed .357 performance and do so without bursting your eardrums. It probably will never be a commerical offering because too many shooters judge a cartridge's potential by comparing meaningless energy figures alone.

The .41Spl has been around for a while, basically trim .41Mag brass to .44Spl length. The first one I remember was a 5½" Colt SAA with a custom unfluted cylinder built by Bowen back in the late `80's or early `90's. Taffin owned the sixgun and did a writeup on it. It's also popular for Old Model .357 Blackhawk conversions. In guns of that strength class, 215gr cast bullets can easily be pushed to 1200fps. Guns like the GP100 and 6-shot L-frames can also be rebored and rechambered but they are not as strong as the aforementioned single actions.
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