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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 ...


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Old August 27th, 2016, 08:01 AM   #46
 
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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 or Charter Arms. Rossi also made one, too.

My 5 1/2" Redhawk works for my .44 Spl needs.

It seems like a rework of the GP100 to a .44 would be a significant project for Ruger.



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It seems like a rework of the GP100 to a .44 would be a significant project for Ruger.
Maybe, but posts 9,11,15,21 tell me... something
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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.
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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.
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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.
Really? I'm pretty fond of my 38spl GP100. As a bonus, not everybody has one and I like things that are slightly different.
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Chambering a special round in a gun that can handle a magnum round is just insane and should never occur.
There's always one.

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.

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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...
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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.


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True, but I suspect that a gun which is chambered for a magnum round will sell a lot better.
I agree with that. It is more versatile. *Sometimes* magnum is better. But to say that putting a special round in a magnum gun is "insane" is borderline trolling. It's just not true.
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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?


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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.
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IMO, a GP100 in 44 spl would be quite the task.

I have an older Ruger 3 screw that was converted to 44 spl and there is not much more room in the cylinder to do much else.

The cylinder on the GR100 is is about a 10th smaller diameter and that's quite a bit for six cartridges that are 0.457 diameter. The cylinder walls would be rather thin.

If they could pull it off I would be a buyer.

Now a 41 magnum... that would be a fun revolver.

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I'd prefer a five-shot .44 Special with a 3 inch barrel. It's a slow bullet, you don't need a lot of barrel.
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