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Old March 1, 2011, 03:20 PM   #26
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Old March 1, 2011, 08:37 PM   #27
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You are preachin to the choir! I dont own a gp100 but I do own a 4in stainless Service six, a 6.5 stainless Blackhawk and an 2.25 DAO sp101. Love my Ruger 357's!!!!
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Old March 1, 2011, 08:45 PM   #28
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No side plate or cylinder release latch screws to shoot loose. Comparatively affordable. The highest recommendation I can give: It's what I carry when off-duty. If my LE agency would let me, I'd carry it on duty as well without a second thought.
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Old March 1, 2011, 09:49 PM   #29
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Holy cow, thanks for all the excellent imput!!! I really think the GP100 will fit my needs. I plan on using it for an outdoors revolver (camping & hiking). Grizzly Cartridge makes a WFNGC Hard Cast 180gr .357MAG round, do you think the GP100 can handle that?
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Old March 1, 2011, 10:05 PM   #30
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I have a Ruger GP100 with 4 inch barrel I bought new last year. I am sure it will outlast both me and my Grand Children. It is built like a tank. I bought it for my wife for home defense. You just point and pull the trigger since it is dual action / single action. Might be a little difficult for concealed carry, but that is not what I use it for.
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Old March 1, 2011, 10:14 PM   #31
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Might as well add my $.03

I've been through several gp100s. blue, stainless, 3,4,5 and 6 inch with and wo underlugs. My favorite combinations were 3 inch w/o and 5 inch with. All that said, the sole survivor in the safe today is a 6 inch w/o. It is a vintage model that is the tightest one I've ever owned. I've put some heavy, but not stupid, loads through it. I hunted deer with it using a 200grn Remington bulled made for the 35 Remington with good results inside 100 yards. I've also built some loads of h110 and W296 under 110grn pellets that would light up the night sky. I put on a set of compact grips with some exotic wood that I can't recall the name of. Beautiful.
Come on Hunny, we need to unload some .357 brass. I won a box of 500 Montana Gold Bullets, .357, 140grn at the Carolina Cup last year. They want to get into Federal brass on top of the H110 powder in the box. It's a conspiracy I tell ya. The guns are taking over the world!
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Old March 1, 2011, 10:21 PM   #32
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One of the best features of the GP100 is if you run out of ammo the GP makes a dandy club. Better than any of the 'wonder nines'.

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Old March 1, 2011, 10:48 PM   #33
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Trebla: The GP will handle any factory load you care to put in it, and will beg for more. You'll probably tire out before it will!
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Old March 1, 2011, 10:52 PM   #34
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good weapon. I love my 6" ruger gp100
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Old March 1, 2011, 11:09 PM   #35
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I pick up my new Ruger GP100 (6 inch) Saturday. Can't wait!
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Old March 1, 2011, 11:21 PM   #36
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I plan on using it for an outdoors revolver (camping & hiking).
It's perfect for that. I often carry one in a very comfortable Gould & Goodrich holster on camping trips.
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Grizzly Cartridge makes a WFNGC Hard Cast 180gr .357MAG round, do you think the GP100 can handle that?
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Old March 1, 2011, 11:53 PM   #37
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Yup...in fact the heavy hardcasts as produced by Grizzly, Buffalo Bore and Doubletap are all relatively low-stress on the gun compared to the hottest 125gr loads. Lead hits the forcing cone softer than copper, and heavy slugs get up to speed slower and hit the forcing cone with less punch than the featherweight bullets. Plus you've got less powder behind the heavy slugs so less gas burning.
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Old March 2, 2011, 12:59 AM   #38
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I have a .357 SS GP100 with a 4" bbl. that I bought last year. It is a joy to shoot. It is the weapon I have by the bed at night. If I could only keep one handgun (God forbid) it would be my GP100.
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Old March 2, 2011, 04:06 AM   #39
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Strength of the GP-100? It's the only revolver of it's size that can handle full-house 10mm Auto loads and possibly even the 10mm Magnum. No, that's not a typo. Clements Customs offers a 10mm conversion for the GP-100.
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Old March 2, 2011, 07:55 AM   #40
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I bought a SS GP100 last Oct., it is truly an outstanding .357 Magnum.
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Old March 2, 2011, 08:45 AM   #41
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It's what I carry in the woods, loaded with Buffalo Bore 180gr. LFN-GC. In the house it's filled with Buffalo Bore .38 spl. +P 158gr. LSWHC-GC.
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Old March 2, 2011, 10:40 AM   #42
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I hate them...HAHA just a joke...If I did say that half the country would be after me........

I own 2 GP100`s and love them and have just successfully worked on the trigger...it`s a perfect trigger now for target shooting.....My opinion is they are the best you can buy and for the money there is nothing out there that comes close....Jim
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Old March 2, 2011, 10:43 AM   #43
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What's that old joke about Rugers?,,,

The GP-100 is the only 6-shooter that will kill seven charging rhino's.

You shoot the first 6 and beat the 7th to death with the barrel of the gun.

Then you can reload at your leisure.

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Old March 2, 2011, 10:52 AM   #44
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Grizzly Cartridge makes a WFNGC Hard Cast 180gr .357MAG round, do you think the GP100 can handle that?
The GP100 can handle anything that is within SAAMI specs, and handle a lot of em at that! I don't hesitate to load hot ammo for mine.
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:07 AM   #45
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I bought a GP100 Stainless with a 6" barrel back in 2001.

I have regretted it.


I wish I had bought a 4" then as well!

I like S&W. I might get a 4" S&W for fun. However I would sell it in a heartbeat before selling any of my Rugers.

I would probably swap my S&W 629 6" for a Ruger SRH [.44 mag GP100] if they were in comperable condition. I just like Ruger's reliability.

Love the Rhino description!
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:23 AM   #46
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I was all set to buy one 10 years ago..... had one located, used for $350 ... went to get it, and there next to it in the case was a LNIB Colt Trooper Mark III, for $325.

Got the Colt ..... but would get the Ruger if the Mark III was unavailable, which it is.

As for CCW with a .357..... sp101, 3" is smaller and more robust than a S&W 13 ..... also easier to find. The trigger is not as nice to start with, but if you are dry firing it daily, it smooths right up pretty quick.
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Old March 2, 2011, 12:12 PM   #47
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Grizzly Cartridge makes a WFNGC Hard Cast 180gr .357MAG round, do you think the GP100 can handle that?
Im going to slip into Ruger fanboy mode quick. the real answer to is can you? Seriously you'd really have to overcharge a .357 to put the hurt on a GP-100.
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Old March 2, 2011, 01:47 PM   #48
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My GP100...

... eats Buffalo Bore 180's just fine, and spits them out very accurately. Hot 180's should not be a problem.
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Old March 2, 2011, 03:16 PM   #49
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The GP 100 IMO is built like a tank. Here you go, and the grip inserts came from a member on the Ruger forum.
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Old March 2, 2011, 03:54 PM   #50
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In my opinion the GP100 is hands down the ultimate "if I could only own one hangun", "multi-use versitile handgun". It's sturdy, simple, low maint. looks good, of useable size, and fires the .357 magnum. It's the little brother to my redhawk and unlike my s&w it's nice that there are no screws to worry about rattling loose or any other little maintenance worries. Clean it occasionaly and shoot the heck out of it, that's it.
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