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Old March 22nd, 2011, 04:48 PM   #1
 
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Using a GP100 ONLY for .38??

Hi,

Would it be foolish for me to purchase the GP100 4" if I was going to JUST fire
.38 rounds out of it ONLY??

I really love the look of the gun (except of the goofy looking grips), but really
only wanna shot .38 caliber out it.

To me .357 rounds are way to loud and crazy, especially indoors, to be considered fun shooting regularly.

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Old March 22nd, 2011, 05:16 PM   #2
 
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If it's yours, why not? It would more foolish to buy one then worry what everyone else thinks about what ammo you're using.
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Well, the gun really won't care a wit one way or the other. Finding a GP100 in .38spl only will be tougher and may take awhile, so why not? You can always move up to .357 if you want, but a lifetime of .38s will not matter.

Just beware that very heavy use of .38spl rounds may cause some crud buildup in the cylinders just in front of where the case mouth rests, which if left, could interfer with chambering .357 cartridges. But just regular cleaning with a .40 bronze bore brush will keep any crud rings from building up (I shoot a lot of .38spl in mine, and have never had an issue whenever I do load up with .357 rounds).

I'd wager that the majority of .357 magnum revolvers spend a majority of their range shooting time firing .38spl.
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I'd wager that the majority of .357 magnum revolvers spend a majority of their range shooting time firing .38spl.
Yup way cheaper to shoot a ton of .38spl.
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ok

Ok, great.....

I am also seriously considering the Smith and Wessen Model 67 or 15, chambered in .38 ONLY.

This seems like a great gun too!
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The .357 will be perfectly happy to shoot .38 special. You'll have a bit more cleaning to do on the cylinder bores and face, as it will tend to accumulate residue from the shorter round. You can avoid that by getting a GP in .38 special.

Now, "everybody knows" you <should> get a .357 because you <might> someday want / need to shoot the magnum round to stop an aggressive attacker. But the .38 special, well-aimed and rapidly followed up by five more well-aimed .38 specials by a shooter not blinded, deafened and concussed by the first shot of a .357 could very well serve you far better in that situation. Mr. Ayoob says so.

Get something that will let you shoot more and enjoy without feeling that nagging pressure to step it up to .357. (c'mon...try it...just one box...you can always go back....ya wuss....etc.). Or just get the .357, tell that little demon to shut up, shoot exclusively slow and heavy, and get yourself a .40 bore brush to scrub your cylinder bores.
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The GP100 4" is available in .38 chamber??? I dont see that option of Ruger's site.
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My GP 100's outshoot both my S&W model 67's. I like the balance of the Ruger's better, they seem to point better for me-gene
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Discontinued. KGPF-840 and KGPF-841 and corresponding blued GPF versions are available on the used market. .38 special, 4", fixed sights. Seem to be available from security / LE sources that liked its simplicity, reliability and ease of use.
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So the GP 100 can safely shot .38's out of it for the life of the gun without degrading
the quality or anything??

Just a bit more regular cleaning is all that is needed?
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Id honestly look for a Service Six. They can be had for a song in 38 only.
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So the GP 100 can safely shot .38's out of it for the life of the gun without degrading
the quality or anything??

Just a bit more regular cleaning is all that is needed?
Absolutely! Not only your gun will not be adversely affected, but also you will enjoy your range sessions more with .38 spl rounds. You will tend to shoot more and will get more practice.

So, if you clean your gun regularly, as you should no matter what ammo you use, everybody will be the winner.
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So the GP 100 can safely shot .38's out of it for the life of the gun without degrading
the quality or anything??

Just a bit more regular cleaning is all that is needed?
Really just the same cleaning that you would/should do anyway.
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.38 spl is what I shoot most often in my 4" GP. It's no problem cleaning the crud rings out of the cylinder. I save the .357 for the woods.
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I am currently trying to see how many .38 specials with a 105 grain bullet that I can load up. I have several hundred so far. I will stop with the ammo can is full of them. I give thanks to CowboyT for the idea of a lead saving powder puff fun load. They will be for both my GP-100 and my SP-101. Will they build up a crud ring? Yes. Do I care? No. I clean after I shoot.
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