Casting a Few Bullets Today

Jim Taylor
Monday, November 20, 2023, 13:24 (238 days ago)

I received a package from a friend this last week. Upon opening it I discovered brand new Starline .41 Magnum brass. He included a note saying they had been cluttering up his reloading bench for quite awhile and he figured I would put them to work.

Checking things over, I have no .41 brass that is not loaded so I figured I would load these new ones with the 230 grain cast bullet that I have a mold for. The problem that arose was when I checked my bullet stock I only had 30 of those bullets on hand!

So this afternoon I was pretty free so I built a fire under the lead pot and waited for it to get hot. (I built the fire by plugging it in and turning it to "ON")

I had not cast any .41's in some time so I had to dig the mold out of the drawer and mount it on some handles. The mold is by NEI and casts a nice 230 grain flat point bullet.


I have a 215 gr. SWC mold for the .41 but after trying it out I don't really care for it. The 230 gr. NEI is a much better bullet as far as I am concerned. And it's fairly accurate if I do my part.


I have about 300 or a bit more cast before quitting today. That will load the brass I have and leave some over. I size these to .410" and lube them with Paco's Apache Blue bullet lube.

Those 41 cases will make some really nice 356 GNR

Gary Reeder
Monday, November 20, 2023, 16:04 (238 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

just thought I would throw that in.

If I were younger and experimenting

Jim Taylor
Monday, November 20, 2023, 18:41 (237 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

I would be interested in having you build me one. As it is, I am set in my ways pretty solid. I have loads that I worked up for the .41 and that's all I shoot. Been shooting them for 30 years and know where they hit and what they do.

I just don't have the curiosity that I did when I was younger.

A feller gets to that point, a bit later.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 08:17 (237 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

I always wondered why GNR didn't promote a "cylinder and Dies" kit for an offering. Sure it's a few hundred dollars, you got to get your gun fitted, but to have something different than the average Joe. Like you said to tinker and experiment.

The .356 GNR is a hoot on a .357 Blackhawk with only a cylinder, ditto for the .41 GNR. If anything they can give respectable gains or lower pressures and coast at slightly higher velocities. Sure it takes a little skill to load, but that makes it fun. Neither bullets ever had pull issues in recoil for me. I think he has some other rounds these days that also fit the bill. The .321 GNR, .300 on the .30 Carbine, .32 H&R, or .327 Ruger Blackhawks with only an extra cylinder.

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