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Old October 12, 2006, 03:46 PM   #1
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Ruger GP100 vs. Ruger Redhawk

I've been recently debating on getting either a Ruger GP100 or a Ruger Redhawk. I plan shoot the gun at the range which I do alot. I also to take it hunting with me as a back up weapon. I do not live in bear country so the .44 is not a must but I do see a fair number of hogs where I hunt. Which do you think would be more practical and would the .357 be enough for hunting backup?
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Old October 12, 2006, 05:51 PM   #2
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If you plan on hunting a lot, then I'd definitely go with the 44 Mag Redhawk. The 44 will cost more to shoot at the range, but it would be worth it. If you want a range gun that you can hunt with, the the 357 GP100 would be the ticket. The only reasonable solution is to buy both and be happy. I have a 4" GP100 and a 7 1/2" Redhawk. I like 'em both. Or, maybe you could split the difference and find a used Redhawk in 41 Mag.
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Old October 12, 2006, 06:00 PM   #3
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Yeah, it's 50-50 one way or the other. Depends on what feels better in your hand. I'd go with a 5.5" Redhawk 41 Mag though. Funny... just bought one of those critters NIB. The talk is that Ruger is going to come out with a 4" Redhawk.

The 357 is enough gun for a backup. I have a 3" GP100 that I like a lot. It would make a nice backup for close in work.
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Old October 12, 2006, 07:51 PM   #4
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I have a 4" GP100 and love it. I have a few friends with Redhawks too. The .44 is a better hunting round, but expensive to shoot at the range. I still like the versatility of using .357 mags for hunting and .38 specials at the range. Either way Ruger makes great wheelguns. Happy shopping.
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Old October 12, 2006, 08:51 PM   #5
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Personally speaking, I'd go with the GP-100. If I lived in bear country i'd opt for the .44 but since you're not, the .357 sounds like a fine choice. I think regardless of which of the two you purchase, you'll be pleased.
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+1 on what firechicken said, except for the 41 mag. Yes it is a good idea, but 41 Mag rounds are about the same cost as 44mag rounds. If cost is no object then by all means that is a good compromise. josh
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In this case, a GP-100 6" bbl. with Remington Core-Lokt hunting ammo in 165-gr. might be a good option.


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Old October 13, 2006, 01:01 PM   #8
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A lot depends on the size of the hogs, and it is always better to have more power than you need.

Bbl length should get as much attention as caliber. A 6" or longer bbl in either caliber would make a decent hunting gun (longer bbl usually = more velocity and better accuracy), but is a more awkward to carry, much less conceal. For "back-up" only a 3" or 4" gun is much easier to carry or conceal.

Here in FL they just changed the laws to allow CCW holders to carry concealed handguns on WMA's even during archery and muzzleloading seasons.
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