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Old August 22nd, 2016, 07:34 PM   #16
 
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I've been waiting for Ruger to make a 5 shot 44 caliber GP-100 but they don't seem to be listening.
I would actually prefer a 44 Special and not a 44 Magnum, ....well truthfully a 44 Special +P which is an imaginary cartridge. The 44 Special is a great cartridge but the factory loadings and current SAAMI specs for the 44 Special fall short of the cartridges' full potential. If we could make a factory sanctioned slightly warm 44 Special along the lines of the 44 Special "Skeeter" loads that push a 250 grain bullet to 900-1000 fps., we would have a great factory cartridge. The 44 Magnum is a fine cartridge but it is hard on the gun and a warm 44 Special will do the job 95% of the time.
We have Redhawks and Super Redhawks to handle the 44 magnum. What we need is a smaller framed revolver (like say a GP-100 ) chambered for the 44 Special but capable of handling pressures a little beyond the current lame 44 Special factory loads.

I'm thinking a half-lug 4", tapered barrel with a 5 shot cylinder chambered in 44 Special built on a GP-100 frame.



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I totally agree! I love Ruger I think it's the best revolver made today, and I am dying for them to make a .44 special in 3-4"! I considered trying a Charter Arms bulldog for a but, but didn't do it because I just don't trust Charter's products compared to Ruger's proven durability. I like Ruger's .45 acp Redhawk but I don't 1,000 bucks like it! That's crazy expensive. I absolutely love .357 magnum it's my favorite round but the .44 magnum is too much for me, way too much. I'd love to see a sleek, Ruger version of .44 spl. I'd get one of those in a heart beat. I now have two .357 magnum revolvers and adore both, but I'm one of those that thinks I need an even bigger bore caliber too. If given a choice, I'd still take a .357 over a .44 spl any day, but the .44 spl is just a cool round to me because it's bigger bore but slower and easier. Curious to see if Ruger comes out with one sometime. I'd say it's not too likely given that the round is fairly unknown or just not that in demand now from what I've seen.
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It would be a good and well received revolver. A factory made 5 shot .44Spl or Mag with a 5" barrel would be just about perfect to my eye. Taurus, Charter, and Smith all offer 5 shot .44s that seem to be selling well. It's time for Ruger to join the party.
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Saw a "Ruger Newsroom" headline in my email and got all excited.......nope....... another LCP variation. They have more flavors of LCP than Baskin Robbins does of ice cream.


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I have no interest in a 44mag GP100 but I'd buy a 5" 44spl GP100 as soon as I could find one. One of my favorite pistols is a 5.5" Flattop Bisley 44spl and to have a similar sized gun in double action would be awesome.
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And lets hope it's in the same price as a standard GP100. Not some "special, super dupper, fancy gripped, distributor special" priced $200 higher.
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... distributor special....
I will bet that it will be exactly that so Ruger will get a minimum run quantity guarantee. Wouldn't surprise me if it cost more as the frame may need to be bored larger to accommodate a barrel with a larger diameter forcing cone. A .357 barrel bored out to .44 may not leave enough "meat" in the forcing cone area to prevent cracking. New cylinder and supporting innards to time it properly would also add cost.

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You guys have no idea how many letters I have sent the CEO about this exact thing ! (ok, well at least 3..) I would buy a 3", 4" and 5" but I want them with half-lug barrels and for crying out loud isn't it about time that Ruger gives us a target hammer !
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I would bet that the "meat around the forcing cone" issue is why it'll be rated for 44 Special and not Magnum. Just a guess. If it's not a 3 inch barrel then a half lug 4 inch sounds nice but please Lord don't make it slab sided with a laser etched 44 SPECIAL taking up the whole side of the barrel!


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Let's see, five shot 44spl vs six shot 357mag...I'll stick with my 4" GP100. If I want to shoot 44mag, I'll use my 4.5" SRH with six shots or buy a SW 69. What's the point of a five shot 44spl when there's a six shot 357mag in the same frame/form factor?
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Let's see, five shot 44spl vs six shot 357mag...I'll stick with my 4" GP100. If I want to shoot 44mag, I'll use my 4.5" SRH with six shots or buy a SW 69. What's the point of a five shot 44spl when there's a six shot 357mag in the same frame/form factor?
If they build it we will come. Not everything has to be logical. Some of us just really, really like the 44spl and we're also fans of the GP100. To combine both of them into one dandy little package makes perfect sense to me.
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