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Old February 10th, 2017, 12:51 PM   #16
 
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Thank you.I completely understand not to shoot a magnum in a special revolver.My question,which I did not make clear,is there a way to check a new revolver for the correct chamber or are they all going to be like that.



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Old February 10th, 2017, 01:01 PM   #17
 
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If you're referring to chamber lengths, not at the user level, at the gunshop, on a new gun you don't own.

There's no way to answer whether they'll all be like that or not.
Even if they are, you can live a long & full life ignoring the chamber lengths & just shooting .44 Specials.

If you're asking about checking chamber throats, you can buy the right set of pin gauges & take those with you.
Most shops would probably allow you to use those gauges.

And the way Ruger's gone with their .44 Special throats, also no way to conclusively state how close they'll stick to whichever diameter they finally decide to run with.
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Thank you.I will just look at fit and finish and br good to go.
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Good luck.
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Several guns are coming back now from warranty repair. Ruger appears to be replacing both barrel and cylinder on the few guns that are back in owners' hands. Reports are that cylinder throats are running in the .430 range after parts replacement. One fellow says his gun came back with a test target showing four rounds touching with the fifth round a "smidgen" from the other four.

We're all hopeful this is the new norm. The GP100 44SPL is a nifty revolver with a satisfying size and heft that's sure to appeal to just about everyone who's a fan of big bore wheelguns. Yeah, it sucks the guns have some initial launch issues but in true Ruger fashion it sounds like the customer service department is taking care of business.

As for Magnums in the Special; there's a story that supposedly an angry customer confronted the the S&W folks at SHOT about his revolver accepting 454's. The story goes that the rep replied, "Just because you can stick a rattlesnake up your a$$ doesn't mean you should."

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I have the repaired firearm back in my possession. UPS dropped it off about 45 minutes ago.

The cylinder and barrel have been replaced and the gun looks exceptionally nice. It had a small scratch on the top strap when I sent it in but it has been polished out and the gun looks brand new again.

There is still a small gap underneath the front sight but it is only about the thickness of two pieces of paper.

Included is a printed copy of the test target.



Cylinder throat measurements, using my small hole gages, indicate four throats at .431 and one throat at just a smidge over. Probably. 4315 with more precise calipers.* Furthermore a cast bullet sized .430 passes easily through while a cast bullet sized .432 does not. I don't have any sized .431 currently.

Here is the gun with some Pachmayr Compacs I scored off eBay. Sorry if I outbid you...



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Howdy- This may fall into the category of thread resurrection, but I've got one of these GP100 .44 s now. Bought it new in February, like most. I do not have pin gauges, but the dial caliper I use in reloading reads .433" on three throats, .434" on the last. Gun shoots fine, and accuracy is on par with tokarev's.
LOVE the line about the rattlesnake, though. Remember back to the days of old when , it seemed, NOBODY was foolish enough to put Super .38 Auto rounds into a gun marked , simply, .38 ACP, even if they fit okay.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 02:44 PM   #23
 
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Cowboy. That's how I measured mine and they came out right at .435. It shoots very well with everything I've put in it except lead that was too hard. 44 mags will not fit...period. They will go in as they should, but there's no way on earth you would ever get the cylinder shut short of using a hammer. I'm not worried about that anyway, as I keep ammo separate and check the cases in the box before I take it out. Have not shot anything through it but my reloads.
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Bought mine on February 17th, Have shot about 150 rounds through it with no problems and very accurate. Will be shooting it again tomorrow if the weather cooperates. The 44 mag. thing is a non issue for me as I don't own a 44 mag. and have none of that ammo in the house.

One question, will the 44 fit in a holster designed for the 357 or is the cylinder diameter different?
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I bought a holster from a maker in colorado for a 3 inch gp100 and it fits perfectly.
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I bought my GP-100 44 SPL back in late January. I have only shot 240 grain hardcast reloads through it but have been impressed with the pistols accuracy at 7.5 and 10 yards. I haven't tried loading 44 Mags into my revolver and wouldn't try anyway. I verify that I am shootin' my 44 SPL reloads at the range--and then have at it.
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I can't figure out why anyone able to buy a firearm, specifically a Ruger GP100 chambered in 44 Special (advertised by Ruger as chambered 44 Special, written on the box as chambered in 44 Special, and written somewhere on the revolver as chambered in 44 Special), why would anyone able to read, be able write a check maybe for that gun, be able to maybe operate a motor vehicle on public roadways (they would have had to be able to read the required motor vehicle laws in passing a test to get their DL), have the ability to operate a keyboard to send message's, spell, read, write...etc, etc. Why would anyone knowing they have purchased a firearm chambered in 44 Special, try to chamber and want to fire 44 Magnums in that firearm and then complain to Ruger about it. It's beyond me. I'm not trying to be a smart axx. Not picking on the OP or any other poster who wants to know why their GP100 44 Special revolver will chamber 44 Mag rounds, but I've read other posts on other threads on this forum and other firearm forums of owners complaining they can't fire 44 Mags in their 44 Special GP100's. As was posted before my post "Common Sense". If you buy a 44 Mag or 357 Mag revolver, yep ya can shoot specials out of either specific gun, but it doesn't work the other way around. If you knowingly buy a gun chambered in 44 Spec, why would you even try to load 44 Mags in it? Beats the tar out of me. OK, I'm off my soapbox on this, just can't figure the reasoning out.
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I can't figure out why anyone able to buy a firearm, specifically a Ruger GP100 chambered in 44 Special (advertised by Ruger as chambered 44 Special, written on the box as chambered in 44 Special, and written somewhere on the revolver as chambered in 44 Special), why would anyone able to read, be able write a check maybe for that gun, be able to maybe operate a motor vehicle on public roadways (they would have had to be able to read the required motor vehicle laws in passing a test to get their DL), have the ability to operate a keyboard to send message's, spell, read, write...etc, etc. Why would anyone knowing they have purchased a firearm chambered in 44 Special, try to chamber and want to fire 44 Magnums in that firearm and then complain to Ruger about it. It's beyond me. I'm not trying to be a smart axx. Not picking on the OP or any other poster who wants to know why their GP100 44 Special revolver will chamber 44 Mag rounds, but I've read other posts on other threads on this forum and other firearm forums of owners complaining they can't fire 44 Mags in their 44 Special GP100's. As was posted before my post "Common Sense". If you buy a 44 Mag or 357 Mag revolver, yep ya can shoot specials out of either specific gun, but it doesn't work the other way around. If you knowingly buy a gun chambered in 44 Spec, why would you even try to load 44 Mags in it? Beats the tar out of me. OK, I'm off my soapbox on this, just can't figure the reasoning out.
I agree, I wondered the same thing.

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