This is a discussion on Ruger GP100 44 Special? within the Ruger Double Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by gqucool
Dream on or just buy a S&W!!!
Yep. If I wanted a 5-shot .44 Spl DA revolver, I'd buy a S&W ...
I've got a Smith 69 and it's a truly great gun. I'd like to see a Magnum in a GP but a Special would make for a nice piece too. Unfluted barrel in a 4" or 5" please but I'd probably buy whatever pops up.
I hate the GP 100 design, but I'm sure people need it in every possible configuration like I need all my guns in every possible configuration.
Chambering a special round in a gun that can handle a magnum round is just insane and should never occur.
I don't know what there's not to like about the GP100 as a .357 Magnum DA revolver. Robust enough for a steady diet of Magnums, and the ability to fully field strip with only a cartridge case rim to remove the grip screw. The S&W can have a smoother action when properly fitted at the factory, but it's a 110+ year-old design and there have been significant improvements in DA revolvers since then.
The Blackhawk in .44 Special is a pretty neat gun, as is the .38 Special LCR...
A gun might can handle a magnum round, but not every shooter can, or maybe doesn't want to for every purpose. There are lots of reasons that magnum isn't always the answer.
True, but I suspect that a gun which is chambered for a magnum round will sell a lot better. It's probably a safe bet that the lightweight S&Ws in .357 very rarely are shot with that catridge-- same for the 329s.
Was just thinking about this some more. Is it physically possible to squeeze 6 44 special rounds into a GP cylinder? I'm just trying to figure why Ruger wouldn't go ahead and market it as a Magnum like the Smith 69. Maybe if they were able to squeeze in another round the cylinder walls would be too thin for magnum pressure loads?
One thing I do not get is that S&W Mod.69 made in 44 magnum has been a great success. Ruger Model GP 100 such a strong stout revolver would easily be a great candidate for a conversion to a 5 shot .44 magnum. Ok what I do not get is why Ruger doesn't make a 5 shot GP100 .44 magnum!!! If I had one it would be loaded with the milder .44 Special.