That is one heck of a comparison......Over on the other Ruger Forum there is a long running thread demanding Ruger provide a 41 mag in the mid frame flat top single action. It has gone on about 4 years and is supported and bumped on a regular basis by about 4 diehards . Apparently knowing more than the engineers at Ruger they often point out how easy it would be and how foolish Ruger is for not doing it.
Ruger generally knows what they are doing and what their market is. If they miss a marketable possibility that will surely be caught by Lipsey's . Happens all the time . Cool guns get built if they can be built .
But we wants what we wants . Just afraid your in for a disappointing wait .
Ruger has not offered a midsize .41 flattop, because the .41 Magnum is not a popular cartridge. Honestly, it is amazing that the .41 Redhawk has been brought back in limited numbers. To say that there would be a difference in sales between a six shot .38/.357 SP101 and a .41 Mag single action would be one heck of an understatement. There are a lot more that "four die hards" that would be very happy to see this.
Lipseys cannot order a six shot .38/.357 SP101, because it will require a frame revision. To be prefectly frank, I question Lipseys' ability to read the market. For example, offering new half lug SP/GP models in blue, but not stainless, left money on the table.
Complacency is the only reason that Ruger has not done this. If Ruger can spend money to revise the GP frame and reintroduce mid size Ruger single actions, they can certainly do this. As I have said in this thread and others, a D frame size revolver should always have D frame capacity. As Rover pointed out, Ruger has a big gap to fill in their double action lineup. The six shot .38/.357 SP101 would move a lot of units and prevent Ruger from losing sales to Charter, Taurus, Kimber, and Colt. There are no longer any excuses to not do this on Ruger's part.