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pondering a barrel shortening on a Ruger GP100...cost and method?

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Old July 7th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #1
 
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pondering a barrel shortening on a Ruger GP100...cost and method?

I currently have 2 .357 mag revolvers that have 6" barrels; one is a blued GP100 w/ 6" barrel and my dad's 'handed down" S&W 686 PowerPort w/ 6" factory ported barrel; my dad's gun is too special to me to have modified; my GP100 is a tool and would be the one getting modified;

service sought: shorten 6" barrel to 4", refinish barrel (if needed), refit barrel (if needed) or remount sight (if barrel not removed from frame); I'm guessing $150 to $200 to be done by a highly skilled gunsmith...am I in the ball park?!?
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Old July 9th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #2
 
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I had my Super Blackhawk cut down to 4 3/8" and it cost me $80.00 from my gunsmith. He did a very good job....looks like it came from the factory that way! Shoots fine too.

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kmrcstintn, You would be money ahead if you sold the 6" and bought a 4". If your gun is blued, it will require rebluing after surgery. Here's one I whacked from 4" to 2.5". By the time I cut and shaped the barrel, machined the front sight channel, bobbed the hammer, and completely reblued it, I had way more time invested than the gun was worth. With a stainless GP-100, just cutting the barrel and reshaping it plus machining the sight channel would still cost more than to trade guns.

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2 very good examples: 1) less involved Blackhawk barrel cut from forcing cone and refit (along with ejector rod and housing under the barrel) and 2) the horrendous metamorphosis for the GP100; thanks

I think I'll go the way of a trade-in on a different model...either a Blackhawk convertible (.357 mag/.38 spl & 9mm parabellum) with 4 5/8" barrel or a SP101 with 3 1/16" barrel in .357 mag
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Another way is just to send the gun to the factory and have the 6" barrel removed and a 4" barrel fitted. I sent 7 1/2" stainless .45 Colt NMBH to the factory and they fitted a 5 1/2" barrel for me. The barrel was about $60 plus fitting.
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EXCELLENT...I have never heard of a manufacturer willing to swap barrels after the handgun has been sold; kinda like having a rebuilt transmission put into your car I'm gonna call them tomorrow and see what they can do for me before I head over to gunbroker or auction arms and search for a clean used 4" variant;
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kmrcstintn, Last time I checked ... Ruger was getting $77.50 for a GP-100 barrel. I don't know what the labor charges are but you can plan on $100 for round trip shipping (next day air required).
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I called Ruger today about the barrel swap...I had my heart tore out and handed to me on a plate!!! $355 for a barrel swap!!! $355!!! I was so taken back I asked the lady to repeat it to me...how in hades could a barrel and associated labor cost so much?!?

I'm not sure what to do but swapping barrels won't be one of them!!! I'm thinking of buying a good used GP100 w/ 4" barrel or a Blackhawk (in .357 mag or covertible w/ 9mm cylinder with 4" barrel) on gunbroker or auction arms and selling mine locally to offset the cost; consider this subject closed and DOA!!!

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kmrcstintn, Wow! That's more than I expected. I think refinishing had a lot to do with the high cost. Before you can reblue a gun, it must be stripped and buffed out. The whole gun must be reblued or the parts won't match. This is labor intensive so I'm sure it accounts for a good share of the cost.
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it doesn't really matter anymore; I searched gunbroker & auction arms for different brands, models, sizes, etc and came across this beauty --> http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=133869584 (shipping is a bit steep, but beats out paying over $500 base cost on a new GP100 or even higher for a S&W 686)

hopefully it will have a nice trigger like mine...if not a Wolff spring kit will smooth it up; not sure if I'm gonna part with my blued Ruger GP100 w/ 6" barrel, but I'm gonna 'bury' my dad's stuff (S&W 686 PowerPort, S&W 642) in the safe and use the Ruger(s) for workhorses; the only mod I plan to do on them is to swap grips (the older wood side slabs look better on the blued and the Hogue looks better on the stainless...just my humble opinion); if I feel a need to slim down the collection, then the 6" blued will go bye-bye

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