ruger gp 100 with 6 inch


April 28, 2011, 08:55 PM
Please color me puzzled? I have been reading this board a bit. Am I the only one in the world that seems to like six inches and a full under lug on his GP?

It eats the recoil some, gives me more hits, and harder ones too.

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April 28, 2011, 09:28 PM
The full lug guns look a little meaner but in terms of practicality it puts a lot of forward weight on the gun and adds unecessary weight. GPs are heavy enough without the lug.

As for barrel length I prefer 3" and under so it is really a moot point for me.

April 28, 2011, 10:33 PM
If it's going to be primarily a range gun that you plan to shoot a lot, then sure, I would appreciate a 6 in full lug. I have 4 and 5 in. full lug revolvers and I'll take all the extra weight I can get. Everyone nowdays seems to like ultra light alloy guns. Not me. Give me that lead sled. (actually all of my carry pieces are 3 in full lugged revos - with a good belt and holster they're really not that bad to carry.)

April 28, 2011, 11:38 PM
Please color me puzzled? I have been reading this board a bit. Am I the only one in the world that seems to like six inches and a full under lug on his GP?

It eats the recoil some, gives me more hits, and harder ones too.
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April 29, 2011, 01:57 AM
Hello all,
I have a 6 with a full underlug, but I would have a longer one if Ruger made one.

And I would put a 10 inch one on if I could afford to.

April 29, 2011, 07:50 AM
S&W made a 686 with a full underlug 8 3/8" barrel. Long out of production and they carry a premium.

April 29, 2011, 09:24 AM
I can't imagine a GP any other way than with a full lug. I don't care much for most models of any brand without a full lug.

April 29, 2011, 11:31 AM
My daughter and I love ours, she has a Blued and I have a Stainless.
Our favorite hunting load is Hornady 140XTP over 18.0 grains of WIN296.
Our favorite range load is Plated 115 grain over 5.2 grains of WIN231 in a 38SPL case.

April 29, 2011, 12:52 PM
I think most people would agree that the shorter barreled GPs have a better balance and quicker handling, at the expense of some lost velocity.

For instance, if you had to track a fast-moving attacker, you may not want that extra nose-heaviness.

But for a target or hunting gun, I agree 100%.

4" is a good compromise for those who don't want to lose too much velocity, but also want good handling.

3" is a good compromise for those who want a bit longer sight radius or a bit more weight, but would otherwise prefer a snub.

You could always look into a Redhawk in 7.5" or a Super Redhawk in 7.5" or 9.5" if you really like the super-heavy, long barrel. I love my 7.5" Redhawk, but I have to admit it gets heavy to hold up after a while.

It is much easier to shoot well than the 3" SP-101 pictured below it. I've since added a laser grip to the SP-101, which makes it very accurate.... when the laser can be seen. (i.e. not in full daylight at ranges of more than 10 yards)

April 29, 2011, 12:54 PM
BTW - I agree that the older Rugers are already quite heavy enough without the full underlug, so it is more of a style preference. I used to think full lugs were tough-looking too, but I think partials are going to make a comeback.

April 29, 2011, 01:00 PM
It's a preference thing, but for me, I ALWAYS prefer "half-lug". "It looks cool to have a full lug though!". Nope. Function first. It's unnecessary weight.

That outweighs everything to me. Also, I've found that on .357 and .44 Mags where I've shot both (classics and half-lugs), I'm more accurate with the half-lugs. Maybe it's a mindset thing, but accurate is accurate, so whatever.

April 29, 2011, 02:51 PM
Well it looks like there will be more half lugs for me to enjoy:cool::evil:. It is you gun just get what you want and fell good about it.

April 29, 2011, 04:05 PM
I prefer the half-lug too, for all around use and they still weigh 37 ounces so are still heavy enough to give good enough control for shooting at the range. The full lugs are fine for shooting hotter .357 Mag rounds-but, I'm happy with just shooting standard loads-preferably .38 Special's at the range. Here is a nice half lug .38 Special, model KGPF-840 GP100 that I just got yesterday:

April 30, 2011, 05:44 AM
for a dedicated hunting, range, or home defense gun, the 6" barrel, full lug if you prefer, is great. OTOH, for carrying it daily, no thanks! There are lots more comfortable, practical packing sixguns around. My .357 has a 3" heavy barrel, with NO underlug!

April 30, 2011, 09:49 AM
Slick6 - nice revolver - I didn't know Ruger made a 4" fixed sight Gp100 - awesome score!

I like the the full lug on 3" and shorter - and the Half lug on 4" and greater - but it's pure aesthetics to me:)...I'm sure both shoot well & are built like tanks! ;)

April 30, 2011, 05:19 PM
I for one love my GP100 6" full lug model. Sorry no pics right now.

April 30, 2011, 07:01 PM

That's just a purdy revolver you got there! It's got what I would call classic lines. I bet it shoots as good as it looks!

April 30, 2011, 09:20 PM
I like the 4" bbl full-lug GP100 and the 6" bbl half-lug GP100. To me, they balance the same while shooting, but the longer barrel gives much better velocities. 4" is easier to carry, however.

The full-lug 6" bbl is ungainly and poorly balanced for my use.

April 30, 2011, 09:39 PM
It was just too honkin' big and heavy. I shot two cylinders through it and put it up for consignment sale and bought a 4" blue model. I should have done that in the first place, I absolutely love it.


41 Mag
May 1, 2011, 07:59 AM
I've got one of each flavor in the 6", and love them both. I am usually toting a Redhawk or Ragin Bull, so the little .357's are nothing.

I got the first one without the lug for my wife before we were married, as she got a little worn out shooting full house loads from my RH in 44mag with a 4X scope. She loved the lighter weight of the GP and had no issues with putting 6 rounds in the 10 ring at 25yds.

The second one with the lug was a deal I just couldn't pass up. I gave $200 for it and it only had about a box of rounds through it. I worked with the fellow who sold it to me. It came with a holster, belt, and two boxes of ammo.

Simply comparing the two, I would have figured the heavy barrel one to have shot the heavy bullets more accurately than the non lugged one, however this is not the case. With anything weighing 140gr and up the lighter barreled one will dump them in the bull at 50yds all day long and spray anything lighter. Just the opposite with the heavier one, 140gr and lighter will simply tear a ragged hole, but bump up even 6 grains or so and they spread out. Trust me when I say there isn't a a load that will change this either. Been there tried them. Don't bother me one bit, the wife either.

The Lone Haranguer
May 1, 2011, 08:45 AM
I loved how my Colt Python handled and shot with its six-inch full lug barrel, but I would not have wanted to carry it, especially concealed. A four-inch is about the maximum practicable length for this, IMO.

4v50 Gary
May 1, 2011, 04:01 PM
Full lug guns are heavier at the muzzle, but they add to mass and weight and help with recoil when it comes to quicker follow up shots. I prefer them myself and if I had a 6" GP100, I'd want that feature.

May 1, 2011, 09:50 PM
The 357 should have a 6 in barrel for general use. JMHO.

May 1, 2011, 09:51 PM
I love my full lug 6" GP100. Not for concealed carry (obviously), but range, woods carry and maybe hunt one day. Full lug seems to take out some of the recoil, and perhaps it soaks up some of the heat better. I'm not a big guy (5'11" 160lbs) and I handle it just fine. And I admit, it does look much better than half-lug. :D

But I'd like to get a 4" version one day. Of course, I'd also like to get an sp101, Super Redhawk, Alaskan in 454,.....ok, just put me down for one of each. :evil:

May 1, 2011, 11:00 PM
The 357 should have a 6 in barrel for general use.

I used to feel that way until I bought my first 4" gun....That extra 2" makes for a pain with a belt holster and sitting down. I used to also believe the theory longer sight radius made heaps of difference in helping with good shot placement. Experience has proved otherwise.

May 2, 2011, 10:19 PM
6" full lug is a wonderful revolver for hunting & range work !!!

I carry mine in a chest holster of sorts , concealment is iffy at times though !!!

May 2, 2011, 11:45 PM
For up to 4 inch barrels I think the full lug looks "right". Especially if the crown is tapered back on the outer portions and onto the lug like Ruger does.

On longer barrels I far and away prefer the half lug look. It's just a lot less clunky looking. For heavy hitting calibers I realize the added muzzle weight makes a lot of practical sense. But I just don't feel like being practical... :D

May 3, 2011, 01:24 AM
I agree with Smaug. Is that the Redhawk with the broken barrel? Anyhow....I like his picks with just a little shorter barrels. The sp101 fits nice in my back pocket when we go for walks at my father-in-laws (lots of cougers and bears). I should probably take the Redhawk but it's just a little to heavy on the hip. Never shot a bear or a couger, but the Redhawk will drop a whitetail if they ever decide to attack. :D

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