.41 Remington Magnum (Rifle) (using Hornady bullets)
Date: Mar 08 2013
The .41 Remington Magnum was introduced in 1964 as a joint effort between Remington and Smith & Wesson. Although primarily a revolver cartridge intended to meet the needs of law enforcement, its greatest popularity has been with handgun hunters, metallic silhouette competitors and outdoorsmen, where it has rightfully earned a dedicated following. It has also been chambered in various rifles such as the Marlin Model 1894FG used here.
In loading the Hornady 210-grain XTP-HP bullet, a heavy roll crimp is suggested to aid with ignition and prevent bullets from being deep seated due to recoil and tubular magazine spring pressure.
Throughout testing a Federal 150GM Large Pistol (non-Magnum) primer was used, which gave reliable ignition and uniform velocities with all powders. Winchester 296, Hodgdon H-110 and Lil’Gun however, have proven difficult to ignite when used in sub-zero temperatures. In these circumstances a Large Pistol Magnum primer (Federal 155 or CCI 350) is suggested.
Loads that gave the best accuracy were usually at the upper end of maximum powder charges and velocities. For instance 15.3 grains of Accurate No. 9 produced 1,451 fps and 50-yard groups hovered over 4 inches. As the charge was increased to 19.2 grains for 1,743 fps, groups tightened to less than 2 inches. Similar performance was observed with other powders. The barrel’s one-in-38 twist likely gave better bullet stabilization with higher velocities.