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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:00 PM   #31
 
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Geeze tokarev sorry to hear this, hope things work out just a quick question is your front sight blade a brass bead front sight??



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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:06 PM   #32
 
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Geeze tokarev sorry to hear this, hope things work out just a quick question is your front sight blade a brass bead front sight??
Nope. Fiber optic. One of the other online reviewers (Jeff Quinn maybe?) said it's the same front sight as on the Match Champion.

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Old December 30th, 2016, 09:43 AM   #33
 
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Seems to me I recall somewhere that there was mention of a replacement sights for the Match Champion and if so it should work on the .44. At any rate a gunsmith should be able to fashion a replacement gold bead sight. I had one made for a Speed Six I have as aftermarket sights are sort of nonexistent. Wonder what the sight height is of the GP .44 sight?
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For anyone interested Found some out there
https://shop.whittakerguns.com/product/ss-24343
Looks like $12.99 shipping too.
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For anyone interested Found some out there
https://shop.whittakerguns.com/product/ss-24343
Looks like $12.99 shipping too.
Looks like a nice price.

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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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Sorry to hear about your misfortune guy.

There is a thread about the 44spl cartridge / guns chambered for it here on Ruger forum... Do I need a .44 Special?

Myself & others stated that if / when Ruger were to come out with a GP100 chambered for this wonderful cartridge we would probably wait 6-months (or more depending) to give Ruger chance to work out bugs that invariably show up in new models.

I can't speak for others, however for me personally if I'm going to shuck out $879 for a revolver, ANY issues especially those related to the forcing cone are simply unacceptable. Having to return it to the factory [at my expense] for repairs that should not be necessary in the first place is equally unacceptable.

Someone stated...
Not much of an issue for me (the forcing cone) because the gun will see limited use. Gee that's nice, what about someone who will take his/her wheeler to the range on a frequent basis??

What about someone like me who would purchase this revolver for self defense purposes?? A self defense firearm MUST function perfectly 110% of the time, otherwise it's useless for that purpose & most certainly not worth $879!

Sure hope Ruger gets the bugs worked out & makes this the excellent revolver many hoped it would be.

Happy New Years everybody

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Sorry to hear about your misfortune guy.

There is a thread about the 44spl cartridge / guns chambered for it here on Ruger forum... Do I need a .44 Special?

Myself & others stated that if / when Ruger were to come out with a GP100 chambered for this wonderful cartridge we would probably wait 6-months (or more depending) to give Ruger chance to work out bugs that invariably show up in new models.

I can't speak for others, however for me personally if I'm going to shuck out $879 for a revolver, ANY issues especially those related to the forcing cone are simply unacceptable. Having to return it to the factory [at my expense] for repairs that should not be necessary in the first place is equally unacceptable.

Someone stated...
Not much of an issue for me (the forcing cone) because the gun will see limited use. Gee that's nice, what about someone who will take his/her wheeler to the range on a frequent basis??

What about someone like me who would purchase this revolver for self defense purposes?? A self defense firearm MUST function perfectly 110% of the time, otherwise it's useless for that purpose & most certainly not worth $879!

Sure hope Ruger gets the bugs worked out & makes this the excellent revolver many hoped it would be.

Happy New Years everybody
The idea to wait six months or a year is expressed any time a new product comes to market. Be it a gun, cellphone or car this is probably sound advice.

But sometimes it is fun to the the first kid on the block. Even with the problems I've seen the worst day shooting beats the best day working as they say.

One more point I'd like to make. My gun is exactly a sample of one and it sounds like my experience has been unique. If we had several other early purchasers reporting accuracy problems it might be time for concern. We'll see what happens but I'm guessing (hoping) mine's a fluke.

Also I ordered another couple boxes of Underwood this morning. This time I ordered a box of the 200gr I used yesterday as well as a box of the lighter Bulldog load. Trying to rule out variables before I decide to send it back.

EDIT to add that you should be able to buy one of these for $200 or more off MSRP.

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The idea to wait six months or a year is expressed any time a new product comes to market. Be it a gun, cellphone or car this is probably sound advice.

But sometimes it is fun to the the first kid on the block. Even with the problems I've seen the worst day shooting beats the best day working as they say.

One more point I'd like to make. My gun is exactly a sample of one and it sounds like my experience has been unique. If we had several other early purchasers reporting accuracy problems it might be time for concern. We'll see what happens but I'm guessing (hoping) mine's a fluke.

Also I ordered another couple boxes of Underwood this morning. This time I ordered a box of the 200gr I used yesterday as well as a box of the lighter Bulldog load. Trying to rule out variables before I decide to send it back.

EDIT to add that you should be able to buy one of these for $200 or more off MSRP.

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Very true, so long as one is ready to accept the inherent risks involved.
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I sincerely hope so, I like many others on this forum really want this new revolver to be a success story for Sturm Ruger.

One load that I personally would really like to hear reports on / about is the Blazer self defense load I mentioned in post #29 of the "do I really need a 44spl" thread referenced above. To the best of my knowledge it's one of very few commercially available defense loads available.

It's the load I ran in the Taurus 441 (also had 3" barrel) I mentioned in a couple posts in that thread. Comparatively mild recoil (compared to the magnum calibers) results in a very controllable gun.

To my way of thinking, it gives the 44spl many of the same desirable attributes of the 45acp & for many, the 45LC as well. Heavy (200~230gn) bullet moving along in the 850fps range.

So your saying the average street price is in the $675( + ) range??

Happy New Years

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Just loaded up a handful of rounds using Blue Dot and a 220gr cast bullet from GT Bullets.

http://www.gtbullets.com/index.php?m...products_id=50

They look like a nice bullet. Ten grabbed at random weigh 217.4 - 219.6. They measure .4295" in diameter.

Will they shoot? That's the question.

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Well, my handload shoots okay.

25 yards with 220gr cast. 11.0gr Blue Dot.




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Same load at 15 yards.






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Glad to hear that your GP-44 is shooting OK now. I ordered my GP-44 last Thursday from a dealer on Gunbroker, and I expect to see it some time this coming Week.
I have about 1200 250grain Hard Cast Keith type Bullets on hand to develop a Load that the GP-44 Likes. I have a S&W 69 L Frame 44 mag, and a 3" 629 Talo, and can't wait to add the GP44 to my 44 D/A Revolver collection. Good Luck with your new gun. I love the look of it and I too just had to have one.
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I still want to try some hand loads with jacketed bullets as well as a couple different types of factory ammo. But if it keeps shooting like this it is a keeper.

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I bought a box of 180gr XTP's and some Remington 240gr JHP's and have loaded five of each with Blue Dot. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get them shot.

Both bullets measure .430" and we'll see how they shoot. If neither shoot the gun's going back to the factory.

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