Modern Ruger Redhawk revolvers are known for their big bore cartridges: .44 Magnum, .45 Colt and .45 ACP. While these cartridges are clearly powerful, none has the niche appeal quite like the latest caliber being offered in these guns: the .41 Magnum.
The larger of the two guns has a 4.2″ barrel, a large ramp front sight with a red insert and an adjustable rear. Ruger fitted the gun with a Hogue Monogrip to fill the shooter’s hand. It is not a light gun at 48 ounces (unloaded,) but it is a true sixgun. As with other Redhawk revolvers, this gun has a satin stainless finish. The suggested retail price is $1,085.
The more diminutive of the pair sports a 2.75″ barrel and thin wood grips. It also uses a ramp front sight with insert and adjustable rear sight with a white outline. This version of the gun is only slightly lighter at 47 ounces unloaded. Make sure you have a sturdy belt if you plan on carrying this. The MSRP is also $1,085.
For readers not familiar with the .41 Magnum, it is a revolver cartridge introduced in 1964 by Remington. At its introduction, the cartridge was paired with the Smith & Wesson Model 57. While many people were involved with its development, and some trace the origins of the cartridge to the 400 Eimer, most people acknowledge that Elmer Keith had an influencing role in the cartridge’s development.
The .41 Magnum was intended to offer improved performance when compared to the .357 Magnum for law enforcement and self-defense. It uses a true .410 caliber bullet, and has developed a good reputation with hunters. While I have known people that have carried a .41 Mag for defensive use, many more use it in the field.
While most folks shooting the .41 Magnum are probably handloading rounds, the major manufacturers still produce ammo for it. Bullet weights tend to run from about 180 grains to 210 grains. There are lighter and heavier bullets available.
The Barnes VOR-TX load pushes a 180 all copper HP to 1,520 fps (923 ft-lbs) while the Remington HTP loads a 210 grain JSP to 1,300 fps (788 ft-lbs.) The shorter barrels of these guns would likely bleed off some of that speed.