Ruger GP100 .44

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Ruger GP100 .44

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Anyone here own one of the Ruger GP100s in .44 special? I owned one of the three inch .357's but didn't care for it that much. The 44 special might be another thing though. I watched some youtube reviews of the three inch and five inch versions and people seem to like them. I've never seen one in person and wandering if I should bother trying to find one to put some finger prints on. I have a flat top in .44 special and really like it and thinking a swing out cylinder would be nice to have. I have wanted a S&W 24 but can't afford one of those these days.
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Pretty good discussion on them over at Cast Boolits.
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If I had it to do all over, I'd have started with 44 special, instead of Magnum....When I load, I've been loading way down.
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Another good source is "rugerforum.net"
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A GP-100 in .44 Special. I can't think of one thing wrong with that phrase. :D
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I bought one hot off the presses (2-maybe 3 years back). Love it! Tapped the top strap for a Weaver base, had to find a very flat/thin one so I could view the irons over it with red dot or scope removed. Pics around here somewhere, I think I posted them here. Deer would be in a world of hurt at 50 yds.
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I'd wanted Ruger to come out with a GP100 44 special for years, but when S&W came out with five shot 44 magnum 69, I didn't have any more desire for the GP100. The 69 makes a great 44 special gun, but you've got the flexibility of 44 magnums as well.
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Thanks guys. Didn't think about the Ruger forum, I'll give it a look.
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A GP-100 in .44 Special. I can't think of one thing wrong with that phrase.
The 44 special is still one helluva cartridge....

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I like my Charter Arms Bulldog as far as a nice CCW gun, but I've mostly carried a 14-shot double-stack 1911 (Para Ordnance) or a Taurus PT-92 - both rather heavy 'full-size' guns, so I don't mind weight in a CCW gun; therefore I'd probably have gotten a 44 Special Ruger GP100 (or I think people were making them on the Single/Speed-Six frames too) had that option been available. I do have Crimson Trace grips for the Charter Arms Bulldog though, and consider those an asset. Unfortunately they aren't made for either the double-stack 1911's or the Taurus PT-92's... :|
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get a 44 mag and shoot 44 specials and 44 mag like I did yesterday...…in 629 classic
and load down the 44 mag if you like something in-between.
but the gp100 is a great gun...and easier to conceal, lighter, etc.. I'd like one.....or two :wink:
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I have a Ruger Super Blackhawk. I would not call it concealable. The GP100 in .44 Special sounds pretty good for carrying. I have a GP100 in .357 and they need a little bit of a break in period before they smooth out. Robust is a good term for them. I just have one thought about a .44 Special. The same as with .38 Special, I would need to keep the ammunition separated and be sure to keep it where even while grabbing for it in a things going bump in the night situation I would get the correct ammunition for the gun. You all know how a .357 does not chamber in a .38 Special, therefore you keep the ammunition where you can easily avoid a mistake.
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Re: Ruger GP100 .44

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I purchased a 3" version a year and a half or two ago. I really like it. It is comfortable to shoot, very accurate, built like a tank (like all Rugers), and has a great (smooth) double-action pull. I always wanted a "bulldog" type revolver (large caliber/short barrel). The Ruger GP-100 is bigger than the Charter Arms, but more comfortable to shoot and will last infinitely longer. I qualified with it a few months after getting it so I can carry it when on security duty for the church.

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J B ...did you get the model 69, I'm wondering about that two piece barrel set-up?
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4t5 wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:38 pm
J B ...did you get the model 69, I'm wondering about that two piece barrel set-up?
I bought a 2 3/4" and a 4 1/4" version. The short barrel is my 44 special home defense gun. The longer barrel is my main 44 magnum gun now. I don't see any issues with the two piece barrel and some feel they have a mechanical accuracy advantage over the older one piece barrels. The Dan Wessons did pretty well with two piece barrels.
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Thanks, for the reply J B.
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Now if they made a GP-100 in .45 colt...
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Thanks YK it's good to hear from someone that has one.

Had a .44 magnum don't care to have another. I enjoy shooting but not interested in hunting with one so the special is plenty for me.
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jeepnik wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:02 pm
Now if they made a GP-100 in .45 colt...
Doesn't sound bad at all. Plain old 230 grain Keith style bullets around 800 fps in something that size would probably work great at the range and in a holster while hiking. The recoil should be easily managed and accuracy and penetration should be excellent.
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Same formula works in a Colt, works in a Smith, works in a Ruger SA.
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The Smith would be the only one other than the GP100 which would be double action and the whole cylinder opens. That is what I am looking at. I like S.A.A. type revolvers, but you have got to admit that they are slower to load. Plus, the GP100 is a small enough that it could probably be a 5 shot .45 Colt while not weighing too much.
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piller wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 12:25 am
The Smith would be the only one other than the GP100 which would be double action and the whole cylinder opens. That is what I am looking at. I like S.A.A. type revolvers, but you have got to admit that they are slower to load. Plus, the GP100 is a small enough that it could probably be a 5 shot .45 Colt while not weighing too much.
Agreed. The dimensional difference between a .44 Special and a .45 Colt is minuscule. Ruger could easily adapt this to a 5-shot .45 Colt. That would be a fun one for sure! :D
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Blaine wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:26 pm
If I had it to do all over, I'd have started with 44 special, instead of Magnum....When I load, I've been loading way down.
I load 44 mag way down... but the case length lets me load the momentum way up. plus I can shoot 44 specials too, besides . . . it was my house load for a long time except in Alaska where bears walk into houses :)
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