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Old December 28th, 2016, 02:18 PM   #1
 
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Ruger GP100 44spl- -Got One!

The GP has been a standard in the Ruger catalog for a good 20-25 years. Nobody pays it much attention nowadays even though Ruger has probably sold somewhere between a million and a billion of the things. They've always been primarily a 38/357 revolver and have been available in several barrel lengths.

Ruger tried to shake things up over the last few years with GP's like the Match Champion and a nifty 3" gun inspired by Wiley Clapp. Well, continuing with interesting new variants, Ruger is now making a 5shot 44 Special.

I don't consider myself to be a revolver guy and don't have much use for the 357 Magnum. That doesn't mean it isn't an effective cartridge. I just prefer semi-autos for several reasons. But I am a walking contradiction and do have an affinity for big bore revolvers. I love old wheelguns like the Colt and S&W 1917's and guns like the S&W Thunder Ranch. I hate to admit it but I also like guns like the Taurus 431 (NOT the new stuff! ) and the older Charter Arms Bulldog.

This new Ruger variant was announced shortly before Christmas and I placed an order right after seeing the review on Jeff Quinn's website.

Ruger GP100 Five-Shot 44 Special Double-Action Revolver

Well, the gun showed up with my dealer today and I eagerly took delivery. Initial impressions are pretty good. I like the fiber optic front sight and the trigger is heavy but workable. There is a strong catch right when the cylinder stop pops into the notches but that can probably be tuned up. Single action is pretty crisp but with a bit of overtravel. Timing seems good and there doesn’t appear to be any excess play or shake in the cylinder.

The Hogue grips felt good but completely looked out of place on the gun. Too long in relation to the barrel! I took these off and replaced with a set of standard GP100 stocks. Much better and these should be a better choice for an "all around" carry gun.

I haven't shot the gun yet but do plan on hitting the range tomorrow. More to follow.

In the meantime, please feel free to ask any questions, etc.

Thanks for reading.



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I need one now.
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Double Tap bonded defense?

Some have said that the GP44 is 20 years too late.

I'm curious as to whether they made them for the
240 or 180-200 grain POA?

I'm glad you picked yours up and I'm happy for the
.44 crowd, as most are reloaders and will have fun
rolling some safe loads for this new offering.

A 200 grain JHP from DT, Speer, or Hornady would be
my choice for human defense.
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Very nice!
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Very nice. Congratulations!

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Beautiful!! Let us know how it goes.
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Thanks for sharing. That is a fine looking revolver. Let us know how you do at the range with it.

I get one as soon as I get back in the right zip code.
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I'm curious to see how the forcing cone looks on these... Would Ruger have increased the diameter of the barrel shank as S&W did on the M69 or is it the same diameter as it would be in the .357? Just curious because I eroded one of my flattop 44 specials pretty heavily with about (500) Alliant Power Pistol loads and I'm thinking running that load through a thin cone wouldn't be such a good idea.

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Tokarev,
i like the stocks looks much better,
I'm jealous, i called "my guy" to order one when they were anounced but haven't heard a word, looks like i will be waiting, hopefully not to long.
let us know how she handles when you get er' out
thanks for the pic
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The forcing cone could be a bit thicker. But it is probably academic. I doubt I'll ever shoot it enough to cause a problem.



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tokarev thanks for sharing, I have a GP100 WC II & love the gun. Very accurate, the 3 inch barrel just works. If you reload then you will reap the real benefits of the .44 Special. Thank you for sharing. I installed the Ruger GP100 Compact grips on my GP100 so if your grips are the regular old style GP100 grips the Compact grips are even a bit smaller. Beautiful revolver there !!!
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Well thanks a lot. Just when I thought I had resisted the siren call of this gorgeous gun, you have to go and post this. If I buy another gun this year I'm getting divorced. Oh well, maybe I can keep it in the divorce...

On a serious note, congratulations! Keep us posted after your range trip!
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The forcing cone could be a bit thicker. But it is probably academic. I doubt I'll ever shoot it enough to cause a problem.



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Thanks for the pic - a picture's worth a thousand words. 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.
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Thanks for the pic - a picture's worth a thousand words. 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.
I'll have to see what 22.0gr of H110 under a 200gr Speer Gold Dot will do...

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...I'm curious as to whether they made them for the 240 or 180-200 grain POA?...
Well, seeing that the pistol has an adjustable rear sight...
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