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Old April 14th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #1
 
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Wink Would You buya GP45?

I like the looks of the 45 colt/.45 ACP Redhawk.

As one who had an early Redhawk .44 Magnum in my younger days
(21-24) I also have a bad back from carrying heavy .357s , .44 Specials,
.44 mags, not to mention 20 years of carrying a heavy Sam Browne belt

The trigger pull (at least in DA) is a bit hard for me to bribg back the hammer.

A LCR or SP-101, and even a GP-100 is better for me.

My thinking is that if Ruger, can bring us the wonderful .44 Special in a
GP-100 format, why not a .45 ACP revolver?


My wife likes Glocks and S&W J-frames.

I've only had a few Smiths around the house and I remain less than impresssed
with any Smith with a lock.

A total seizure of my duty 66's cylinder moved me to Rugers, and I'm happy to say that
more than 25 years later, I still squander my meager funds on Rugers.

A GP-100 in .45 ACP would probably be a bit heavy for my back, but nice to
shoot at the range and for home defense as well.

As I no longer, .44 special no a no-go for me. Any factory ammo is either hard to come
by (especially practice ammo) or expensive. I can say the same for .357 SIG that I no longer shoot these days.

.45 ACP ammo is both abundant and about the price of .38/.38+P for practice.


The biggest Plus for a GP45 would be that it would be yet another Ruger revolver for
Terry to have to buy.



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I would not buy a revolver chambered in a pistol cartridge. I am intrigued by the gp .44 special, except for the fact that i recently paid $50 for a box of 50 at my local shooting range. �� I think that was a great release for Ruger.
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I would be more inclined to buy one in 9mm. I have a 45 Vaquero. I shoot more 9. I like GPs quite a bit though.
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I'm personally not a fan of moonclips. I had an LCR in 9mm, and just didn't like the clips very much. I don't have a 45, so there is no appeal to expanding to that caliber (I had one in the past, but sold it).

I like my revolvers, and keep my collection small, so I have only 22 and 357 models. A 45 ACP doesn't do anything a 357 can't.
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I might be interested. I have a stainless Vaquero Birdshead in 45 ACP and love shooting it. Doesn't require moon clips either.
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I wouldn't be interested.
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I'm personally not a fan of moonclips.
Me either. I have a 45 Redhawk convertible that I rarely use to shoot 45ACP. Mainly because I find moonclips to be tedious and annoying. Yeah, they work as advertised but I don't care for them. I have a BH 45 convertible that I do all my 45ACP revolver shooting with.


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A 45ACP doesn't do anything a 357 can't.
It punches 45 caliber holes. Can a 357 do that?
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a .45 ACP (or .45 Colt) GP would be interesting BUT Ruger would need a whole new frame. The existing GP cannot evidently be made to take .44 mag loads and going from a .429" to .452" bullet probably would require a wider frame at the front near the crane and larger diameter cylinder. The only medium frames that I am aware of that can handle such are the Taurus ones.

Now, if Ruger were to re-engineer the GP to take the .44 mag, 7 shot .357 mag and .45 ACP/Colt then we would have something. Whether it is financial viable in terms of rate of return to them is another matter. As to moonclips there are some plastic type made for the Smith 625s that don't require moonerdemooner tools so they make using the moons a little less of hassle in terms of loading and unloading.
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Here are my thoughts I would prefer a GP.45 acp over a GP44 Special because of the cost of ammo off the shelf! But once a person gets the stash of brass and bullets. primers, & powder then the cost would about equal out!!! My thought here is to do away with the moon clips and have a GP-.45acp with a setup like the Charter Arms Pit Bull has with 9mm & .45 acp no moon clips!!! But that would never happen. One can dream, but a big bore revolver on a budget is a Charter Arms Pit Bull in .44 Special or .45 acp. There is a very nice Pit Bull locally now that is excellent condition in .44 Special the asking price is $350.00. Personally for what its worth I really think that the GP 44 Special in its 3 inch barrel and adj. sights is really a stellar revolver it very much reminds me of my GP100 WC 3 inch. Ruger puts out some really nice revolvers!!! Like I said dream on nothing wrong with that!!! I still think that if Ruger wanted to compete with the S&W Model 69 .44 Magnum that they could come out with enough new design in a stronger cylinder that they could also have a .44 Magnum as well. With pressures being lower in a .45acp a GP-45 even if it had moon clips would be a strong selling item as well. I dare to bet the GP 44 Special is doing ok I now see that Ruger offer's a 5 inch barreled .44 Special!!!

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It punches 45 caliber holes. Can a 357 do that?
Sure... Shoot twice!
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I would rather have a S&W 625 for a .45 ACP revolver. I once had a 1930's build S&W 1917, and I greatly regret selling it.
The Ruger GP frame is too small for a proper .45 ACP gun, and the Redhawk frame is too large/heavy.

In 2008, I decided to get a replacement big-bore revolver. I went with the .44 Mag 5.5" Redhawk. I don't regret it...

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I would if they could make it a 6 shot revolver. I'm pretty sure that it's not possible, though, or they would have done it with the .44.
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I am certain a .357 has plenty of knock down power vs a .45acp. To the point I don't need a 45 caliber hole. But a GP .45 acp would be a cool setup!!!
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yes I would, I like the .45acp and I like to own different platforms in the same handgun caliber.
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I would love a gp45 Colt

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