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Posted: December 19 2016 at 9:20am | IP Logged Quote M700

For you die-hard revolver lovers... Here's something new that you may not yet be aware of... Ruger is producing the GP-100, in .44 Special... No, this is not my gun, and not even my photograph... But there it is, with the 3" barrel and good sights.



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Probably a nice revolver.   I owned a Taurus 445 which was about the size of a
Bulldog in .44 Spl.     It was stainless and ported, first ported gun I ever owned.
The only Taurus I ever owned, and it was a good gun.   You could shoot it and
still hold on the target for a second shot. I'm now a fan of porting.

I'm guessing the GP 100 is small too.

The only reason I sold the Taurus was .44 Spl ammo is not cheap.   

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I like the .44 Special. Have a Charter Bulldog from the '70s and like it a lot, it would be one of the last to go.

Still not 100% sure why it still hangs in there, though. For a belly gun like that Charter, they have .38 special loadings and +P ammo that deliver more punch, and for something as big as a GP100, well, you may as well have a .357.

Still, nothing is more fun than a big bore revolver to a handloader and especially a bullet caster.

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Posted: December 19 2016 at 10:51am | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

I have a S&W M696 44 Spl. It's 3"
I have CC it sometimes, but my M66 2.5" 357 magnum or my M10-5 2" seem to be CC more.
Then there is always my J frame S&W M49 & M638.

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Posted: December 19 2016 at 6:28pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I have been thinking about a five shooter in .44 Special. Was thinking along the lines of a smaller S&W or a Charter Arms size though.

I had a 3" GP-100 in .357 that I gave to my Son. He carries it sometimes and he is much smaller than me, but I always found it to be a fairly heavy revolver and a little heavy for concealed carry. Maybe the .44 SPL will be a bit lighter with less steel in the barrel.

There will likely be enough beef to the GP-100 to handle about as potent a load as one wanted to use. Of course, if one wants a mag. then that is what one should get instead. But for factory level loads, the heft of a GP-100 should make a .44 SPL feel like a target .38 load.

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Ham Gunner wrote:
I have been thinking about a five shooter in .44
Special. Was thinking along the lines of a smaller S&W or a Charter Arms
size though.

I had a Charter Arms Bulldog made by the former company before the
present one.   Was the worst firearm I ever owned.     I sold it after the first
range trip.

The Taurus 445 replaced it, bought it slightly used for about $250.   I've
heard a lot of bad talk about Taurus but I can only tell you how good mine
was.   In the small 5 shot guns the best .44 loads are 200 gr bullets, easy
on you and the gun.   

Don't think I've looked at a GP100, is it as small as the Taurus and Bulldog?    

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Posted: December 19 2016 at 9:48pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

joed wrote:

Don't think I've looked at a GP100, is it as small as the Taurus and Bulldog?    


Certainly not a lightweight. It is more like a beefed up K-Frame in size, but it is heavier. You certainly know you are packing a GP-100, even in a regular belt holster.

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I have a Taurus 445 too, if it weren't for those awful grips I'd probably carry it a lot more.

I'm not a big fan of Rugers, their revolvers are so barrel heavy they feel awful. But I do like the .44 Special and even the .44 Russian cartridges for defensive carry.

From the picture above it looks like Ruger is using the two piece barrel concept, is that true?
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RT58 wrote:
I have a Taurus 445 too, if it weren't for those awful grips
I'd probably carry it a lot more.

I'm not a big fan of Rugers, their revolvers are so barrel heavy they feel
awful. But I do like the .44 Special and even the .44 Russian cartridges for
defensive carry.

From the picture above it looks like Ruger is using the two piece barrel
concept, is that true?


You're right about the Rugers, they are heavy.   Friends let me try theirs and
that was my complaint with the guns, they felt awkward.   Never been a
Ruger fan, though I own one, a Red Label shotgun.

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Posted: December 20 2016 at 1:53pm | IP Logged Quote Desertrat

Im all in on this.....been waiting for years to see
if Ruger would do this!

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Posted: December 21 2016 at 4:34am | IP Logged Quote REM1875

I have the GP100 and SP101 in 327 Fed Mag and the
ugliest gun in the world the Ruger security 6 in 357.
The GP100 (holds 7 rds) is a beast compared to the other
two. She is one heavy dog and you might want to back up
that gun belt with suspenders.
Course she has more steel in 327 than 44 Spl, and is no
X frame Smith but she is still a beast. And a beautiful
one at that.
I have a Charter Arms Pit Bull in 40 S&W for around the
house so I don't think I will be swapping out or getting
the 44 Spl anytime soon although I do like it.

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I've been toying with the thought of getting a S&W Mod 69 for woods carry but this Ruger is tempting too. I usually carry a commander 1911 in the woods but but either of these two guns would be a notch or two up in horsepower. A 250 gr. swc at 1000 fps would be a breeze in Smith's 44 mag, of course, and Ruger usually over-builds everything and I suspect they made the forcing cone tough enough to handle warmer handloads.
The Smith would probably come with a better trigger pull. The Ruger fiber optic front sight might be a little easier to see. The Rugers 3" barrel might a holstered gun easier to sit down with while the Smith has a power and versatility advantage with it's magnum chambering.
Ah, decisions decisions....

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Posted: December 21 2016 at 4:06pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

The GP-100 is certainly a strongly build revolver. The frame is likely overbuilt by a good margin. That along with the unfluted cylinder I think one should not have to be concerned about hefty loads.

My favorite accurate heavy .44 Spl. load was around 16gr. 2400 under a 250gr. SWC. Out of a 3" GP-100, I would guess it should still give a bit over 1,000 fps. easily. I think most charts show 17gr. 2400 as about max. for a .44 Spl. so even the decently hefty 16gr. load should be a breeze for the GP-100.

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I just got an Email from Ruger along with the GP100 they are making 357 mag in the super red hawk with 8 shot cylinder and 2and 3/4 inch barrel weighs 36 ounces and wood grips looks kind of bulky for concealed carry.
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I don't have to make any gun buying decisions since my disability/retirement. Luckily I overbought when I could.
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just checked again its a Red Hawk not a super.
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Randy,
The specs I saw show the Redhawk at 44 oz. and the GP100 at 36 oz.

This GP100 .44 Spcl. could be a fine little packing piece. It should be easy to get 1,000 fps. from the revolver with a 250 gr. bullet and that would likely do most anything that needs to be done with a revolver. Good move, Ruger.


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yep you are right 44ounces. Randy
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RT58 wrote:
I don't have to make any gun buying
decisions since my disability/retirement. Luckily I
overbought when I could.


Sorry to hear ya got retired that way, I did too. I do
what I can when I can. and have come to grips with the
fact some projects just ain't gonna get done.
Glad to hear you're "set" though -makes the good days
even better.

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I just found some 44 Spl I loaded with Bullseye in 1997
and Wade was kind enough to send me some 44 spl that
really intrigue me so I am hoping to swap out the 44-40
cylinder in the Ruger to 44 Mag and try some 44 Spl....
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