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Remember This line started as

Remember This line started as a backup handgun while bow hunting.  That big S&W .500 (or the .460 for that matter) will no doubt put a hurtin on Yogi but that's only if you got it with you when a bear decides to play tag.  That big revolver weighs as much as some compound bow rigs (twice as much as traditional bows) & for carry is usually slung over a shoulder.  Put one on a belt holster (if you can find one) & you better be wearing suspenders to keep your britches up.  Other wise when the bear catches up to you he'll thank you for being half skinned already.

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Grizzly 265 gr load

I finally got out to the range yesterday to try the Grizzly Cartridge 265 gr WLFN hard cast load that I mentioned in an earlier post.  All I can say is !!!WOW!!!  It is not a pussy cat load but not as bad as I had anticipated! Standing up and firing with the gun horizontal, it recoils to a vertical position. Definitly requires a two hand hold!  I only fired 11 rounds but it was very accurate.

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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?

Dave

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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

dave