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I was in a LGS today and they had a Ruger Redhawk in .41 Mag 5 1/2" blued revolver. Beautful gun, but I wish it was a .44 magnum. Looking up the serial # shows it was made in 1985. Did I say it was a beautiful gun? Doesn't look like it was shot much. They are asking $599 and it comes with 200 rounds of Winchester Super X ammo. I am a reloader and was searching for some bullets and didn't find much. How popular is the .41 mag? Also looking at reloading data from Hodgdon, it doesn't seem like there is alot of difference in velocity using the same weight bullet between the .41 and .44 and in some cases the .41 was a little faster. Should I pass on this gun and wait on a .44 mag? Is there something wrong with the .41 and I should stay away from it?
Did I say it was a beautiful gun? It also felt so good in my hand. Tell me what you think of the .41 mag as a cartridge and this Redhawk and the $599 asking price.
 

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I have had mine for about 3 years now,you couldn't pry it from my hands for any money.I paid around $500.00 here used at a local shop.It sat for a year in their case until I came along.The ammo alone if its factory loads is worth $200.00 itself.There are all kinds of components very much available for the reloader,I buy hardcast 210 grain and load my own.With factory loads it a pretty healthy bark when it goes off,but I really like it.If your reloading its a win win deal.
 

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I've got a SS Redhawk with a 6 1/2" barrel. Like Krunch said above, there's not enough money printed to tempt me to give it up. More powerful than a 357, more well behaved than a 44mag. Expensive to shoot? Yes it is. The ammo that comes with should defray that, and since you reload, you should have costs covered pretty well. If I were you, I'd already have bought it.
 

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Buy it before its gone! The 41 is my favorite as well. when talking factory loading the 41 is only 20% less power then the 44 however if you reload you can run some real barn burners down range! Start casting bullets and you can load up to 300 gn cast bullets with super results! There is just enough support for the 41 that it will always be around. Yes components are not as common but if you get 400 or 500 cases and start casting you will be able to run it for many many years. I got a very nice 6x5 bull elk 3 years ago with my 41 BH shooting 275gn wfn LBT bullets over 19 gn h 110. Heart/lung shot he went down and never moved again. Shoots flatter then the 44 as well. Dont get me wrong I love my 44s but love the 41s better.
 

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I have had mine for about 3 years now,you couldn't pry it from my hands for any money.I paid around $500.00 here used at a local shop.It sat for a year in their case until I came along.The ammo alone if its factory loads is worth $200.00 itself.There are all kinds of components very much available for the reloader,I buy hardcast 210 grain and load my own.With factory loads it a pretty healthy bark when it goes off,but I really like it.If your reloading its a win win deal.
Looks just like this gun but has the orginal factory wood grips. I may go back tomorrow and put it on lay-a-way.
 

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I have a SS Redhawk 5 1/2" in 41 mag. I will not part with it.
I don't think you will be disappointed. You can always add a 44 mag later.
 

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I would say that you have come upon a great deal. My 41 Reds are in the 7 1/2" barrel and they won't be traded in my life time. On line you can find more load data for the 41 in Accurate Arms tables. Mine like AA#9 and I use the 210 plated Berry's. It's a great caliber and runs pretty close to the 44. I would say get the 41 and down the road if you still have the urge for the 44 go for it. I doubt you'd have much trouble selling the 41 if it didn't suit you.

These are both 41s.
 

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Buy it! The same price mine was. That is a great deal for a revolver you will love. I think the shorter barrels and the blued finish is the rarer of an already rare gun.

I shoot handloads with mine, of course. Ammo too expensive not to. Using a 210 grain Sierra hollow point and 12 grains of Bluedot in Starline brass.

Here is mine, sorry for the poor quality photo.
 

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I had one in 51/2 stainless and really miss it. I had 2 daughters getting married in 2009 and one had just graduated college the previous year. The good news 20 guns sold paid for most of the wedding bad news 20 guns gone many I loved.
 

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41 MAG is an under appreciated fantastic round. When introduced always over looked due to 44 mag hype.
That is a real BARGAIN esp w the 200 rds ammo. Just paid $43. for 20 rd factory HP.
Did you ever pick it up?
 

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My parents had a fire, and his 41 redhawk, 7 1/2 inch barrel was a total loss. Desperately trying to find a replacement. Anyone know of one in excellent condition, for a replacement? I have been able to find everything except his 41... any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
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