Ruger GP100 .357 Mag

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    Ruger GP100 .357 Mag

    Anyone have one of these? I was thinking about picking up a low budget revolver and these look great for the money and built like a tank.
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    I've had a GP100, .357 Mag, 3" for several years. They are stout. I shoot the same hand loads in the GP as in my 27, 3-1/2". The gun shoots well and has enough wieght so the recoil is not excessive. IMO it could use an action job, but I haven't had a chance to find anyone I trust to do it.

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    Excellant gun, but a bit on the heavy side. One thing in its favor - if you run out of ammo it makes a wonderful club. Got one hanging on the side of my bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Alte View Post
    Excellant gun, but a bit on the heavy side. One thing in its favor - if you run out of ammo it makes a wonderful club. Got one hanging on the side of my bed.
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    I was lucky enough to come across one of the re-patriated 3" factory DAO stainless GP-100's. It was brought back into the country by Century Arms International and was in pristine shape. I shot it and it was a great shooter, accurate and shot to point of aim.......but I wondered if it could be better. I called Marc Morganti of Gemini Customs. I had personally seen one if his SP-101 masterpieces and asked if he could do the same to my GP. He said yes and off it went. I could not have been happier with the results and I now have a hole in a hole shooter that functions as slick as glass. Here are some pictures.




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    Tough gun. Mine is the 4". You can shoot magnum loads all day with the thing if you can afford it.009.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Alte View Post
    Excellant gun, but a bit on the heavy side. One thing in its favor - if you run out of ammo it makes a wonderful club. Got one hanging on the side of my bed.
    Not going to CC carry it, odds are it will be OWB for when I am tromping through the woods here in WA and AK
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex45acp View Post
    I was lucky enough to come across one of the re-patriated 3" factory DAO stainless GP-100's. It was brought back into the country by Century Arms International and was in pristine shape. I shot it and it was a great shooter, accurate and shot to point of aim.......but I wondered if it could be better. I called Marc Morganti of Gemini Customs. I had personally seen one if his SP-101 masterpieces and asked if he could do the same to my GP. He said yes and off it went. I could not have been happier with the results and I now have a hole in a hole shooter that functions as slick as glass. Here are some pictures.
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    For the woods, mine handles BB 180gr quite nicely, although you definitely know your shooting a mag load.

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    Great carry gun. You cannot go wrong with this revolver.
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    I've got one. It is built like a tank, and since it was my first revolver, I'm very fond of it.

    That being said, I prefer my 686. Better, smoother trigger, and points more naturally for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C hawk Glock View Post
    Not going to CC carry it, odds are it will be OWB for when I am tromping through the woods here in WA and AK
    It's an excellent gun for "tromping through the woods".

    I picked one up last spring with a six inch barrel. As everyone will tell you it's a tank of a gun. While a 44 magnum would be better against larger north American critters the GP100 with some of the hotter 357 magnum rounds wouldn't be too shabby either.

    I bought mine simply because it was beautiful. Since then I bought a Ruger SP101 with a 2.25 " barrel which has become my wife's desk gun at her office. She had a Rossi 357 in her desk and said "but these guns look the same". I said they may look the same but they couldn't be more different.

    BTW, I've got a 686 with a 4" barrel that is just beautiful. It's the one with the "buttery smooth" trigger. Comparing it to the GP100 I'd say it's more refined. But I still love the Ruger.
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    You won't regret it if you pick up the GP100. I have had a 4 inch for about 15 years or so. Very manageable, even with some very hot loads.

    I prefer the stainless over the blued, and really like the factory wood/rubber grips that came on mine. Very good woods gun.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    I have the 4" version. I got it as a range gun to take an all day beating with some stout reloads of mine. It is built like a tank as others have said. I replaced the hammer spring with a 9 lb wolff, and replaced the front sight with a Hi Viz.

    I also have a SP101 in 2.25". Can't go wrong with a Ruger IMHO.








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