Re: Plinking Loads for .41 Magnum
I own a S&W Model 57, 6" nickel that I bought new in 1986 for $249 retail. It got completely rebuilt at the factory about 5 years ago--after 40,000 rounds or so.
I have loaded very hot and very mild stuff in it and probably my favorite plinking load is 5.0 gr. Bullseye behind a 220 gr. cast bullet. It's enough to upset the cast lead and I'm guessing the load is about 900 fps. If you get too low the load doesn't group, but that's very soft.
Brass is readily available. It's a great cartridge and lots of fun to shoot. For a wild time, try the Sierra 170 gr. JHC in front of 23.9 gr. of 296: now THAT'S a magnum!
Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun.....