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What are you shooting that

What are you shooting that Grizzley load out of? 

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Ruger Blackhawk with a 6 1/2"

Ruger Blackhawk with a 6 1/2" bbl, Mag-Na-Ported.

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I have an old model Blackhawk

I have an old model Blackhawk that I rescued from a friend that wanted to see just how much power it really had.  He was loading it up to .44 magnum+ loads so I offered him some money one night and bingo it was mine.  The nice thing about it is that the serial number is under 150. 

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I personally prefer a glock20

I personally prefer a glock20 (10mm) as my back-up as it's lighter, generally more durable (nothing to rust), and it holds 15 rounds in the magazine.  Full power loads offer 700ft-lbs of energy, which is right in the range of low to mid-power 41 mags.  It can easily be carried in a shoulder holster or belt holster or tactical thigh holster (not for me, but it makes the gun very easy and fast to access).

If I remember correctly, S&W .41mags are built on an N-frame, which is the same size frame as a .44mag.  That means the external dimensions of the gun are identical.  If you want a revolver, get a .44mag mountain gun.  It's lighter than heavy barreled .44's, has a compact, but long enough 4" barrel, can shoot midrange .44 with managle recoil AND it can shoot 44 specials.  With a .44mag you can shoot ultra-mild, lead round-nose, cowboy loads at 650fps which have almost no recoil, all the way up to 300+ grain Buffalo Bore or Garrett hard cast loads with 1100+ftlbs. of energy.  You can't do that with a .41 mag or even a 10mm.

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great info thanks

great info thanks

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fire5179 wrote:

I'm looking to purchase a new handgun to carry with me while I'm out bow hunting in bear country. I'm looking at the .41 mag vs. the .44 mag and looking for some pros and cons from all that would like to contribute. Right now I'm leaning towards the .41. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Do you reload?

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I do, I have been reloading

I do, I have been reloading for about a year now

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Depends on your level

fire5179 wrote:

I do, I have been reloading for about a year now

 

Well as stated, bears are quick, and when their adrenaline is up, are hard to kill. Mangable recoil for quick second shot is only being prudent. So it boils down to what you can handle personally in recoil first off. Now in my mind what is needed is penetration, and that needs a heavy bullet to retain momentum. I would much rather shoot say a 330 gr .429 at 1100 fps, or a .45/395 gr at 900,  than a .41/265 gr, at 1500, even though the .41/265gr. has a good deal more energy. I like the .41 mag. but would prefer the .44 mag with all the weight and velocity i could handle effectively, but mostly weight. I'm using a custom .45 400 gr. bullet at 1050 fps myself, (.454 Casull loaded down abit).

 

Just my thoughts

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Reloading is the only way to

Reloading is the only way to go with whatever you shoot but you do have to be careful on not getting the loads too far on the light side.  The 10mm is a good round but in most states it is ileagle since it does not meet the minimum ft pounds at 50 yards or what ever your state requires. 

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.41 mag vs. .44 mag

If you are looking for oa gun that can handle hot loads in a 44mag ,try a Taurus Raging Bull.  I haveone in 44 mag & shoot 270 Speer GDSP out of it for hunting,& can shoot it all day with no problems. It is ported & have nice rubber grips that make it a pleasure to shoot.