Reloading The .41 Magnum

Posted on: Tuesday January 5, 2021
41 Magnum
MD Smith

MD Smith

(WC= WadCutter, SWC= Semi-WadCutter, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose, FMC= Full Metal Case, FMJ= Full Metal Jacket, JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point and if GC indicated, means Gas Check at bottom of lead bullet)

Loads for .41 Magnum:
(Note: These are near maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullets are .410″ for jacketed and .411″ for lead in diameter. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

170 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point)
Universal10.3 gr.1,488 FPS
HS612.5 gr.1,065
HP387.4 gr.929
No. 210.0 gr.1,451
No. 512.0 gr.1,493
200 grain JHP or JSP
Bullseye8.0 gr.1,235 FPS
Unique10.0 gr.1,280
Universal8.9 gr.1,243
HP386.9 gr.903
HS611.5 gr.1,084
No. 29.7 gr.1,230
No. 511.6 gr.1,302
2318.5 gr.—–
220 grain FMC or JHP
Bullseye7.5 gr.1,150 FPS
Unique9.3 gr.1,215
Universal8.5 gr.1,178
HP386.9 gr.887
HS611.0 gr.1,069
No. 29.0 gr.
No. 511.0 gr.
210 grain LEAD
No. 29.2 gr.1,315 FPS
No. 512.5 gr.1,436
2317.4 gr.1,125

Discussion: Only one LEAD bullet is show above. If you want to use lead, pick one of the jacketed bullets and deduct .3 to .5 grains for a guide. Universal, Clays and HS6 are from Hodgdon and similar to Bullseye and Unique. HS6 is slowest of the group (Similar to 2400) and takes quite a bit more powder. Respectively are No.2 and No.5 from Accurate.

A bullet with a copper gas check or copper plating is best for INDOOR ranges to keep lead vapors out of the air.

Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WMR, WSF, WST, WSL, 760, 748, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet – – Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders’ Guide (1995) – – Hodgdon’s Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) – – Speer Reloading Manual, #12 – – Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition – – Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. – – VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) – – Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.