This is a discussion on Ruger GP100 44 Special? within the Ruger Double Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I still say 44 Magnum. I like the 44Special, I have a Charter Bulldog, but I like 44 Magnum a lot. Its just such a ...
I still say 44 Magnum. I like the 44Special, I have a Charter Bulldog, but I like 44 Magnum a lot. Its just such a satisfying thump, and fireball. Ruger needs to release it with the 2" 7 shot 357 GP100 that I have been dreaming about also... Merry Christmas, thanks Santa
I do hope you know something that we don't I will set my pennies aside, and hope and be patient!! What a Christmas present that would be. I will have a hard time not buying two of them. I suppose it won't matter which barrel length. But my fingers are crossed for a 3" with adjustable sights! Or a 4" would be okay. And if they do fixed sights, hopefully it'll be dovetailed Novaks. Either way, I've got my fingers crossed!!
I am sort of hoping for a 3" with adjustable sights, too as, to me, it is not too short and it is not too long. The 7 shot .357 short barrel sounds like another winner to me as both Taurus and Smith offer 7 shot models.
I didn't realize thr S&W 686 cylinder was slightly larger then the GP100 cylinder. That being said maybe Ruger would have to design a slightly larger cylinder to make a 5 shot .44 magnum. Heck I would like to see Ruger bring back the 7 shot GP100 .327FM. The .327 FM has more power then I ever realized till I got one in a SP101!!!
Wish I could recall the forum(s) but sometime back there was a discussion on what S&W did to the 686 to make the 69 .44 Mag. There were a number of pictures showing the forcing cones and cylinder walls of the 69 and it did not appear too much was done dimensionwise to accommodate the .44 mag. If I remember the only thought I had was if the forcing cone diameter on a .44 mag barrel for a GP had to be increased perhaps the width of the GP frame would need to be increased also to accommodate it. The other thought I had was that the cylinder axis to bore center distance probably is different on the GP vs. the 69. This would impact the wall thickness between chambers. A larger cylinder would not solve this problem. There is an expensive solution that S&W adopted with the 627 8 shot gun and that is just increase the cylinder axis to bore center.
Clements, when he was doing .44 Special conversions to GP's, claimed they could take 250 gr. bullets at 1200 fps so those loads must have been way above .44 Special normal loads. Curious as to what Keith load pressures are vs. .44 Mag?
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 !
Ditto, and I thought I was the only one who likes half-lug barrels. It's the main reason I haven't bought a GP 100. Listen Ruger!
I've been looking at different .44s lately and the idea of a .44 GP100 is appealing. I'd rather have it as a Magnum than a Special but that might not be possible, or at least wise - a medium-frame .44 Magnum is probably one of those guns that shouldn't get a steady diet of Magnum loads, and that doesn't really fit how Ruger does things. And I guess if I'm going to set up to load .44 Magnum it's easy enough to load .44 Special too.