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Old June 18th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #1
 
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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...



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Old June 18th, 2012, 06:09 PM   #2
 
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Old June 18th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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If your GP100 is a 357 model, it is desgined to shoot 357.
38 or 38+P is the exception, not the norm!
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As long as the 357's are within SAAMI Specs then shoot all you want. The GP100 is built to last.
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The GP100 shoots 357 easily. I have put hundreds through my fairly new GP100 (bought NIB 2011) with zero issues.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #6
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Would love to be able to find a cleverer way to say what's already been said, but I'll just say I've never sullied my .357s with .38s and they're still working perfectly.
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It eats .357 like I eat cashews; by the handful, till there are no more.
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I dont think ive shot a single 38 special from GP100. its digested at least 600 or 700 rounds since I bought it most were stout 125 grain "cone cracker" handloads . The GP100 is not a S&W, the 357 mag stamp on the barrel means thats what is meant to shoot unlike the S&W's they should stamp their caliber, "38 special/ 357 mag sometimes"
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HAHA That sums it up.....S&W is also the maker who's new .38 Special K-frames like the 64-8 and 10-14 are marked ".38 S&W Special +P" just to show that the gun can "handle" +P I like that, the S&W K-frame .357's should really just have ".357 Magnum, but not too many" stamped on the barrel

The French GIGN loves .357 revolvers and the GP100 revolver is one of their few choices. They picked it because they shoot the GP's daily with full bore .357, along with their other weapons. And the GP was one of the few revolvers, along with the Manurhin (which is a Security Six copy) to stand up to the training regimen, I believe the Colt Trooper III was a top choice too but they aren't made anymore and were expensive, so the GIGN didn't use many. Apparently the GIGN believes in frequent weapons training and they like to shoot, so it makes sense the GP100 is a natural choice. Many other European counter terrorist units also use the GP100. For some reason the Navy Seals like S&W 686's, I always wondered why.

Buffalo Bore has been using the same GP100's to proof their monster .357 loads for over 20 years, I believe. Each one has seen probably over 100,000 of the hottest .357's out there.

I shoot a lot of .38's through all my GP100's, but when I do shoot .357's, 99% of them go through my GP's.
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What does the barrel have marked on it, if it's 357 then have at.
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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.
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What caliber is stamped on the side? .357mag!!!! Shoot them!
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Any reason it should be able to shoot what it's chambered for?
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As long as the 357's are within SAAMI Specs then shoot all you want. The GP100 is built to last.
I agree with Terry. As long as you stay with 357s in SAAMI specs you will be ok. All factory ammo made is within SAAMI specs. But even a sturdy GP100 will suffer if you go beyond the 35K SAAMI. If your going to do your own reloading be aware of this.
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