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Old June 24th, 2012, 08:27 AM   #16
 
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The gp 100 is stronger than the ruger security six series and I have a security six with over 60 k rounds thru it about 1/2 have been 357.
Had a Security Six when they first came out, Built like a tank and never a problem. Glad to hear the GP 100 is stronger. I will be picking up my new GP 100 tomarrow.



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That's what it's made to shoot. If I want to shoot 38's, I shoot my LCR.

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The DA Six series was designed to directly compete with the S&W K-frame .357's to take a piece of the LE sales market. LE Agencies were shooting steady diets of .357 through the K-frame .357's and loosening them up. Bill Ruger saw a chance to put a more durable and more importantly a lower cost revolver on the market.

The GP100 is basically an "evolution" of the Six series, the main improvement is the front locking crane instead of the ejector rod lockup. The larger frame of the GP100 is not an overall indicator of "strength" over the Six series, just that Ruger started using a different method to cast the frames. I also suspect Mr. Ruger wanted the GP100's to be "L Frame" size in order to make them the same size "class" as the S&W L-frames like the 586, 686, etc. They will fit in the same holsters and use the same speedloaders as the S&W L-frame so a PD could easily "upgrade" without a change in duty gear. Bill Ruger was a marketing genius.
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Excluding the Ruger Redhawk 357, the GP100 is the stoutest DA 357 ever produced. Shoot it till the arthritis in your hands have your knuckles the size of walnuts. LOL
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I put one box of 38 +P thru my 3" GP100 and nothing but 357 magnum loads since...it's my very favorite revolver with my New Vaquero Bisley 45LC a close second.

As long as it's a 357 mag it'll last longer than your will to shoot.
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I HAVE 2 GP100'S 1X4.2' AND 1X6' 4.2 SHOOTS 38s ALL DAY 6' ONLY USE 357s
put 1000s through both ,pet hate 38s carbon ring . both have 9lb wolf hammer springs and 8lb trigger springs and lickkity slick c/ docbarber357
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I totally agree with powdermonkey.
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[QUOTE=Sal1950;658153]Excluding the Ruger Redhawk 357, the GP100 is the stoutest DA 357 ever produced.

What he said
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Take a look at the SP101-357. It can digest 357 ammo with ease. Now compare it to the GP100. Any question now?
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If any gun is capable of high amounts of .357 shooting it's a GP100.

If anyone out there actually fired enough "within spec" .357 to wear out a GP100 I would like to shake their hand, they're a better man and have deeper pockets then me

Just avoid the light bullet stuff like 110 gr. .357 which will hurt the forcing cone of ANY revolver. These are pretty much specialized self defense/police loads and expensive so no one is likely to shoot a ton of these anyway. These rounds were the death of the S&W K-frame .357.
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Knock yourself out and "...let'em rip Skip."
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GP100 Shooting .357 All The Time!!
Can the Ruger GP100 shoot .357 loads all the time? I don't want to shoot .38sp only .357's...

Easily, and it will last longer than you do, most likely.
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Why shoot only .357? You don't need that power for targets and small game. Hit a grouse or a bunny with a full .357 load, and I doubt that you'd have much meat left.

I doubt that you need a .357 for snakes smaller than maybe the Burmese pythons on the loose in Florida, and I suspect a suitable .38 Special round will kill even a big alligator GAR. aS FOR A REAL ALLIGATOR (REPTILE), YEAH, I'd LOAD FULL .357'S.

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Yup....shoot 'em up!
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I have yet to pound any .357 through 4.2" GP100, but I put another 100, light .38 special LSWC, through mine just a couple hours ago. The way that the frame is constructed, it is much stronger than a S&W.

Blast away.
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