New Life for an Old Magnum - GP100

New Life for an Old Magnum - GP100

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    New Life for an Old Magnum - GP100

    Over the past week or so I had been in discussions here on the forum about .357's, particularly some of the models guys like my friend 5lima30ret and I carried as cops. Oddly enough the next day I walked into my LGS and the manager waved me over to the counter, where he produced this GP100. After looking things over we struck a quick deal and I was out the door with a near mint smoke wagon and a few boxes of magnum loads.

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    Before heading out to put it through a range session I ordered an El Paso Saddlery "Street Combat" holster for it, which should arrive in 8 weeks. Until then, I picked up a Safariland holster to use along with some of my old-school rigs left over from my patrol days.

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    I ran a variety of grain weights through the GP100 to figure out what it had a taste for, and surprisingly it really liked one of my favorite defensive loads. The make-shift target below was fired at about 10 yards off hand, using 125 grain Remington Semi-Jacketed Hollow Points in .357 Magnum. I had one flyer with the group which opened it up to around 3 1/2" inches. Of the 12 rounds fired the majority hit home in about a 2 1/2" cluster. A close runner up to this load was Remington's 158 grain Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point that produce a respectable 3" inch group at the same distance. I kind of got tickled at my youngest son who was with me. He stated not only could he see the blast from the muzzle, he also could feel the concussion in his chest with each round. Recoil was actually not bad, as I had installed a set of Hogue grips with the Sorbothane insert.

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    To be honest, it was more gun than shooter in the equation, which is a big reason why I posted this. Lots of folks feel that have to have a "high-capacity-bullet-slinger" to be well heeled these days. The truth is that quality six-shooter can still serve most folks defensive needs, and has some distinct advantages that no modern "plastic-perp-popper" can claim.
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    I love the GP!!
    Have fun and shoot the heck out of it.
    Your grandkids will still enjoy shooting it in a couple decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hayzor View Post
    I love the GP!!
    Have fun and shoot the heck out of it.
    Your grandkids will still enjoy shooting it in a couple decades.
    No doubt they will!
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    Nice purchase . . . . Enjoy your GP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinman517 View Post
    Nice purchase . . . . Enjoy your GP.
    My thanks to you!
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    Beauty.
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    My favorite .357 is my 66. If you told me it was the end of days with no resupply, pick a gun, I would pick my GP100. Shoots and handles just as good as my 66 and 686 but seems to be built for the long haul. That 686 is probably just as durable, but there's something that draws me to the GP100!

    Congrats! Those are fine guns. Your grand-youngin's will still be shooting that thing when we're all gone.
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    My favorite is a 4 inch round butt smith model 65.
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    Congrats. The GP 100s are rock solid.
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    Congrats! I have an SP101 but would like a GP100 with a 6" barrel.
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    Great choice! I'm sure it will serve you well! It's going to look very classy riding in that El Paso Saddlery rig! The GP series do a great job of taming the recoil of even the fiercest loads! Enjoy!
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    Nobody (NO ONE) has ever shot an SP101 or GP100 to the point that they've worn it out! I've been running a steady diet of HOT .357 ammo in my Security Six for decades. True, it's never gonna' be as butter-smooth as a (tuned) S&W, yet when it comes to pure durability in a DA revolver, a Ruger plays second fiddle to NOBODY! Great buy, enjoy!
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    nice wheelie
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    Nice revolver and very nice shooting.
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