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Old December 29th, 2016, 12:23 AM   #16
 
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Old December 29th, 2016, 02:31 AM   #17
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very nice thanks for sharing
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Old December 29th, 2016, 03:16 AM   #18
 
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I'll have to see what 22.0gr of H110 under a 200gr Speer Gold Dot will do...

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Breath fire, if nothing else!

I use Brian Pierce's load of 19 gr. of H110 under. 240 gr. xtp quite a bit in my flattops and it's a very stout, accurate load... And quite the fireball! I wonder if these GP100's are rated for the Keith level loads.
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The forcing cone looks to be about the same as on the 696's and although they look a little thin, still can handle stout loads.
S&W found that the 696 was a problem when shooting jacketed bullets into a lead fouled forcing cone. The main source of cracked frames.

I am not afraid. I'll have one before long, and I'll feed it swaged lead bullets over Red Dot or AA No.2. It will last forever. My SBH has seen at least a ton of lead, both swaged and cast over the last 30 years. Probably about 200 jacketed bullets. There's some bluing worn off here and there, but the forcing cone looks like new.
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Breath fire, if nothing else!

I use Brian Pierce's load of 19 gr. of H110 under. 240 gr. xtp quite a bit in my flattops and it's a very stout, accurate load... And quite the fireball! I wonder if these GP100's are rated for the Keith level loads.
I'll mess around with H110 a little just because I am curious. But, yeah, it'll most likely be a flame thrower.

I'm guessing more reasonable charges of powders like Blue Dot, Accurate 7 or even Unique will work well given barrel length, etc.

Got to shoot me some factory ammo so I can get to reloading.

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I'm curious what the "street' price is. MSRP was listed at $800ish if I recall. I've asked my LGS to get one in, but they couldn't give me a price. I want one, but not at $800. I really like the smaller grips too. Congratulations!

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I don't want to undercut your local dealer but selling price should be closer to $700 rather than $800.

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You wouldn't be undercutting them, because I won't pay that much anyway. I think I would go $7 tho, since I already have a Blackhawk .44 special and all of the reloading stuff on hand. It looks like a great woods walking gun! I've been trying to even locate a Taurus 44 special for a couple of years without success. Ruger is worth the extra $ to me.
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"I use Brian Pierce's load of 19 gr. of H110 under. 240 gr. xtp quite a bit in my flattops and it's a very stout, accurate load... And quite the fireball! I wonder if these GP100's are rated for the Keith level loads." - andyrping

Here is what Dave Clements states on his website when he was doing .44 Special conversions:

"GP 100 .44 Special- I will once again offer this conversion on adjustable and fixed sight guns. Standard features include 5 shot recessed casehead cyl. - unfluted, rebored factory barrel, new front sight blade, and action tune. $1250
Standard finish on stainless guns is beadblast or satin brushed. Blue guns will be matte or blued with a factory equivalent polish.
I have done several in the past. Guns will be able to shoot a 250 gr. bullet @ 1200 fps. "

As he was using a rebored factory .357 barrel that means the shank is not any thicker than the .357 and could take the Keith loads.

There appears to be plenty of room that Ruger could have increased the barrel shank diameter and forcing cone thickness to allow for .44 mag loads. The cylinder length is the same as max length of a .44 mag round, though, so it would need to be lengthened slightly. Wonder when some gunsmith will fit an aftermarket barrel with thicker shank and try .44 mag loads???

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Well, I just couldn't help myself, picked up my Ruger GP100 in .44 Special today and it is a tackdriver. Shot 100 rounds through it, just had the adjust the sights down a bit and it was dead on. The only thing that has me puzzled is every article I read about it showed it with Hogue grips without the finger grooves, and mine has the finger grooves. Not a big deal, but I kinda wanted to try it without the grooves.

Called Ruger and they are sending me the correct grips for free!

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Well, I just couldn't help myself, picked up my Ruger GP100 in .44 Special today and it is a tackdriver. Shot 100 rounds through it...
I'm heading to the range now. Will post pictures and some chronograph data asap.

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Very nice! I like big bores too. Be keen on more pics and your shooting review OP.
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Just Bought mine on Gunbroker for $639.00. They have quite a few on there.
Hope to see it in a couple of days
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Sorry, everyone.

No real news. Bottom line is I had a rather frustrating day on the range. I tried three different brands/types of ammo with poor accuracy results.

My guess is that there's a constriction of some type where the barrel meets the frame. This is, in effect, swaging the bullet; making it undersized for the bore.

I will see if I can't get some Hornady or maybe some Black Hills ammo and try again. If these new loads don't shoot the gun will need a trip back to the factory.


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