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Old September 8th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #1
 
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GP100 4" VS redhawk 4"

im looking to get a new revolver soon, i had to sell everything i owned before for personal reasons, which is fine because they were mostly modern military type firearms i have since lost interest in... anyway, im looking to start my new collection with a new revolver...

primary use will be recreational, secondary uses will be carry and hunting, so id like to keep this 357 or 44 magnum caliber..

price of ammunition has absolutely no bearing on me since i will reload, and grip size also has no bearing on me... though the bigger the better (knuckle will press against the trigger guard on an SP101, so thats out of the question)

so... it comes down to the ruger redhawk 44 magnum with 4 inch barrel, or the GP100 with 4 inch barrel.

obviously the 44 magnum has a higher variety of loads.. including shotgun like loads for snakes while im fishing, but the GP100 had have greater aftermarket support (though theyre basically the same frames.. redhawk being a small tad larger perhaps?)...

so.. my decision is hard, im having a hard time deciding which one i should get, im comfortable paying the $550 or $650 for either one brand new

i should also mention, recoil doesnt bother me much either, im used to recoil....

basically i want an all around, all purpose tool thats built like a tank, and could handle any task i throw at it... any tips or suggestions?



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Old September 8th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #2
 
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Why do you think that .44 Magnum has greater variety of loads than .357 Magnum (which GP100 is)? For example, I've seen snake-shot in 357 Mag.

If you want an all-around single gun suitable for hunting, 44 Mag would be more suitable, so the nod would go to the Redhawk.

I'd comment on your choice of short barrel length - which I vehemently disagree with (I wouldn't touch a revolver with less than 6" barrel) - but then it's your gun, your money and your choice.

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You will have both soon anyway, so buy both if you can. I think that those two are the best revolvers out there, by far. You know your guns. My 4" Redhawk 44 mag has the smoothest trigger of any gun I have. It may be overkill for a lot of uses. The GP100 is such a great all around gun as well. From what you said about yourself (reloader, not bothered by recoil, etc.), I would get the Redhawk now and the GP100 later (but I surely would get it).
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well, if i get the GP100 with 4 inch barrel it would be more suitable for carry, because i think a 44 magnum would seriously be neutered with such a short barrel perhaps?... if so, maybe i should get the GP100 now, and a longer barrel redhawk or super redhawk later for a hunting revolver?... though the GP100 with the 6 inch barrel looks sort of pythonesque...

but either one in either barrel length is suitable for hunting, lets talk about the other use... occasional CCW?... are either revolvers really able to be concealed? if so, how well, and what do you use to conceal them?
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does anyone know if you can get a low profile fixed rear sight for the GP100 or the redhawk with stock adjustable sights?
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basically like a rear notch is what im trying to find... is there still a notch there if you remove the adjustable sights?
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Perhaps you can avoid the superstructure of the adjustable sight if you go with a 3" or 4" model.

I googled and found this info by Iowegan on another site:
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Fixed sight models are available in 3 and 4 inch barrels. Adjustable sight models are available in 4 and 6 inch barrels.

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well, the 4 inch GP100 had the adjustable, they dont make one with fixed anymore.. but since this will be recreation first, carry second, ill go with the 4 inch and adjustable sights over the 3 inch fixed sight model....

so decision, ruger GP100 4" adjustable sight model, and a reloading setup for .357 magnum
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I own both in 4" and if I were to have to only keep one it would be the Redhawk. The 44 packs more whallop for hunting and for a nightstand gun stoked with 44 Specials it is a fight stopper. As far as snake shot Speer sells the cups for both 357 and 44 so either will work for that with the 44 carrying a larger load. It's a tough decision as the GP is an outstanding revolver.
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If only one you can get, should be the Redhawk. I have the 7 1/2
also a 4" GP100 you will like em
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Bowen makes a fixed rear sight that perhaps could be fitted to an adjustable one. He also makes a "Rough Country Sight" which is adjustable but once adjusted is locked by opposing screws if I recall correctly. Neither is really low profile. If money were no object the channel of the rear sight could be filled with weld and a notch cut but the front sight would need to be lowered to work with it.
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thing is, my priority is recreation, carry, hunting in that order... sure the redhawk would be better for hunting, but close to half a pound heavier becomes an issue... eventually id have both, and its not like im looking for 24/7 concealed carry, but i think the GP100 would be better for that order of priority, unless someone could convince me the redhawk is more useful for occasional CCW, i think the GP100 wins right now, which will get a trigger job and wolf spring pack... a friend of mine got his GP100s DA pull down to 8lbs with the job and springs..

for sights, it doesnt matter to me if they were fixed or adjustable, just something low profile and snag resistant would be nice... but since carry will only be occasional, and the sights dont even sit inside a holster, the stock adjustable sights should be just fine.. with possible a hi-viz front... ill wait till next spring for a redhawk.. saves me a little money too so i can get a reloading press setup too and probably a nagant carbine for a little hunting this deer season if my pistol permit takes that long for me to get (takes about 2 months and i wont be able to pay for the permit till october
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GP100 is a great gun - though I wouldn't hunt with anything that has a barrel shorter than 6".
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yeah... well, since it takes me a bit to get my permit for them, and i cant get the permit to next week, im probably not going to get the revolver in time for deer season this year.. so recreation and occasional self defense is what im looking for, just completely cross hunting out of my priorities as by the way it seems now ill have to get an M38 or M44 mosin nagant carbine for deer and bear season... though, id like to hold off on bear season till i have that 357 on my side...

so, the mosin nagant, rebuild with refinished military stock, new blueing, new springs.. completely refurbished for about $180.. perfect for it.. and just leave that revolver for recreation and occasional defense as this spring ill probably get a makarov, or something similar for a 24/7 carry piece
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From what you are saying, it sounds like you have talked yourself into the GP 100. Not a bad choice at all. You also stated that you would like to get into reloading so I might suggest that you look into a Blackhawk in 45 Colt, but only if you are goin to reload.

You can make that fine old bullet do most anything a 44 Mag will do at a much lower pressure, plus it's a real hoot to shoot. The 45 Colt is the one that gets to go to the range more than any other round in my house.

Just something else for you to think about.........
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