The first big bore pistol I brought to Alaska was the 41mag. It was a 4 5/8" RBH liberty model and I put a stainless RSBH grip frame on it what a wonderfull handling pistol. Didn't handload at the time and a friend talked me out of it for a Redhawk in 45colt. If you didn't handload in the 80's the 41mag was a hotter round for sure and great for hunting so I fell back a bit at first. The up side another friend bought a 454 Freedom Arms and while comparing the rounds 45colt to 454 I slipped one in the RH to see the difference and suprize there was none but the lead was right at the end of the chamber with the 260gr FA ammo and I took a big leap in power.Shortly later Ruger stopped the old Redhawk in 45colt.
The 41mag is a fine round for handloader and you can now buy good factory hunting ammo for the non reloader. If the 41mag is what you have today there is no real need to go bigger.I would still be with it if I had not got that dang 45colt and learned its secrets but that another post. Hopefully Mr. Fields well add some goodies on the 41mag.