View Full Version : 41 mag in a carry gun??

May 05, 2008, 20:50
Has one ever been made?? for some reason I want a 41 magnum carry gun, yes I always go for the odd type of gun, don't ask me why?

May 06, 2008, 00:41
Generally speaking, the .41 Mag is more penetrative than needed for personal defense until the agressors get to be the size of bears or mountain lions! The sixguns chambered for the .41 Mag are also larger and heavier than most folks like for CCW purposes. Thus, they recoil a great deal and second shots are slower.

Most .41's are the same size as S&W .44 Magnums and Ruger Super Blackhawks. The S&W's were developed for law enforcement uniform guns and the Rugers for outdoorsman use. It never caught on in police service and most S&W's are hunters guns, too.

That said, S&W made a batch of Scandium-framed 4 inch sixguns called Model 357's recently that are much lighter than their usual carbon and stainless steel revolvers. They have also made some 3 inch barreled, round butt stainless steel frame Model 657's in the past. I've got one, had it for 10 years, but never shot it. I see the .41 Mag filling the same slots as .44 Magnum handguns, that is, best suited for woods carry rather than urban use.

W-W loads a 175 grain Silvertip jhp at about 2/3 capacity for self defense use and it has a great reputation as a social stopper.

May 06, 2008, 01:51
I see your point, but I see 3 inch barreled 44mags, 357 mags, even 500 s.wessons, I don't need a 3inch barrell, but a 4 inch barrel would be fine

May 06, 2008, 02:00
found a 657, nice but the barrel is to long

May 06, 2008, 03:16
There are lots of .41's out there.

It all depends on what you want to spend .......................





May 06, 2008, 03:36
Now your talking !!!! the taurus hammer forged would do me just fine, $ 1400.00 is just to much money, even though I would rather have the Smith, Thanks for your interest, how much can you load the 41 to shoot a 180 grain slug in a taurus, which from what I have heard are very tough guns

May 07, 2008, 02:28
I have a Taurus .44, its pretty heafty, I carry it in Northern Idaho when I am deep in the woods elk hunting as bear / mountain lion protection

Here is some info on reloading the .41 magnum ............


May 07, 2008, 11:24
I usta load .41 for a buddy's m-67 (was it?) in 2.5 inch...sort of the Lew Horton special, before the factory made the Pro series.
Loaded down for his bursitis/tendonitis; His personal protection special! I had 170 JHP's doing about 1100 fps. Very comfortable and controlable. (odd! that's almost identical to my 10mm ;) )
He shot a running doe at 158 yds with it that season..why? I dunno; but the bullet held together and quartered her from behind, thru the ribs heart and lungs exiting at the neck/shoulder point. Hole the size of a half dollar going in and two hands fisted coming out!
Might be a tad strong medicine for thin-walled , two legged game :) but at least ya know ya have enuff gun for come-what-may:D
It really wasn't that huge a piec to caryy,, a bit largish for concealed tho; less'n yer on the big side of 200#

I wouldn't feel under-gunned!


May 08, 2008, 22:05
I really liked my .41 Ruger New Model. I made a good friend a nice deal on it when I got my Model 29. I wish I had kept it. It was good for bowling pin shoots. But, its an odd caliber and choice of bullet weights is limited. My .44 reloads are less than magnum loads anyhow.
Most of my shooting is more like .44 Spec. Very accurate. Nothing like a big slow bullet in my opinion.
For bears I think I would want something larger than a .41 or .44