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303 hunter
December 5, 2012, 09:51 AM
I bought a new 6" Ruger GP100 stainless last Saturday. Beautiful,and accurate gun. I went to a gun show looking for a S&W 686,but ended up with the Ruger $200 cheaper. I'm happy with my choice. What are some opinions on the GP100?

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MrBorland
December 5, 2012, 09:59 AM
What are some opinions on the GP100?

To shoot it. A lot. Your option then is to shoot .38s instead of .357s. After getting some lead downrange, think about grips, sights, action work, etc. Just my $0.02.

Water-Man
December 5, 2012, 10:11 AM
I've had a 4" stainless for years. I wouldn't part with it.

19-3Ben
December 5, 2012, 10:16 AM
What are some opinions on the GP100?
Rock solid reliable beast of a gun. Can handle any loads that are within SAAMI spec and never really have to worry about wearing it out with honest wear.

Guillermo
December 5, 2012, 10:39 AM
contemplate a Wolf Trigger spring

http://www.gunsprings.com/Revolvers/RUGER/GP-100/cID3/mID52/dID233

Remllez
December 5, 2012, 11:26 AM
The GP's love being shot like most other Ruger revolvers. Once your trigger finger gets used to the trigger pull your D/A accuracy will really improve. Nice choice for a blaster!

RaceM
December 5, 2012, 11:50 AM
Field strip, clean & deburr, lube, then dry fire a bit to smooth her out. DON'T use the hammer strut as a takedown tool as per the manual.

Otherwise, shoot the snot out of it.

Jeff H
December 5, 2012, 01:08 PM
contemplate a Wolf Trigger spring

http://www.gunsprings.com/Revolvers/...3/mID52/dID233
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+1. That is the only modification I made to mine and I shoot the heck out of it and mostly in DA mode. (don't use the lightest hammer spring in the Wolf kit or you will likely get misfires.

PO2Hammer
December 5, 2012, 01:23 PM
I thought I was going to buy a S&W too, but ended up buying a 4" GP100.
Opinion? They're great! I'm really impressed with the smooth double action.

critter
December 5, 2012, 05:36 PM
I have had a 4" for a long time and have shot the heck out of it. One really fine gun!

adelbridge
December 5, 2012, 06:49 PM
I had the same gun with the wood grip panels. It would shoot poker chips at 30 yards. I hate to say it but maybe more accurate than a colt or a smith but the trigger pull was a little rough. I have been itchin to replace it, just waiting for the right deal

coolluke01
December 5, 2012, 06:59 PM
I changed the springs in mine. It makes a huge difference! What a sweet trigger!

The front sight is really easy to change, I installed a fiberoptic front sight on mine. I like it a lot.

heavyshooter
December 5, 2012, 10:56 PM
I have the 4" version. It was my first revolver and it is one of my favorite guns. It is not as refined as some of my older Smiths, but the Ruger is my workhorse. It shoots loads that my Smiths can't shoot. Because of that the Ruger is my dedicated woods/camping gun.

targetshooter22
December 6, 2012, 03:53 PM
I own the same model. My advice, buy lots of ammo, or better yet, work up your own 357 mag loads. Personally, I think that gun with the Hogue grips is really easy to shoot with full magnum loads, so that's all I do. Mine makes 158 grain bullets fly better than 110's. If I want low-noise or low-recoil, I use my 22 or 9 mm.

Oh, and it's hell on white tail deer, too. :)

22-rimfire
December 6, 2012, 06:26 PM
The GP that I own is reliable and I don't regret buying it. I'd rather have the S&W 686.

MrDig
December 6, 2012, 07:28 PM
I like my 6 in Blues so much I'm going to get a 4 in as soon as I'm back in the black financially.

GP100man
December 6, 2012, 07:33 PM
Congrats on your purchase of THE most robust production DA 357 Magnum revolver!!!

I`m not biased , I like all Rugers !!

Pass the ammo please.

BYJO4
December 6, 2012, 08:25 PM
While I'm a Smith fan, the GP 100 is a fine revolver.

PlayTheAces
December 6, 2012, 08:38 PM
As much as I love my S&W six shooters, after replacing the springs and sights on my GP100, it shoots every bit as well as anything I own. Well, maybe not everything, but close. The Ruger is a keeper.

Yarddog
December 6, 2012, 09:02 PM
I had a early model 3" GP100, Fixed sights & a dream to carry, As a dimwit I sold it..

One of two Ive ever regret selling. I have & will always keep my Security Six from my fathers retired duty revoler 151 prefix=1975 ; ) PS Your GP 6" is a great gun for 3 lifetimes

Y/D

303 hunter
December 6, 2012, 09:21 PM
I own the same model. My advice, buy lots of ammo, or better yet, work up your own 357 mag loads. Personally, I think that gun with the Hogue grips is really easy to shoot with full magnum loads, so that's all I do. Mine makes 158 grain bullets fly better than 110's. If I want low-noise or low-recoil, I use my 22 or 9 mm.

Oh, and it's hell on white tail deer, too. :)
Mine has the factory Hogue's,and they are great. I started mid-range with my loads: 15.2gr H4227,Win. brass, Win. spm primers. Very accurate,but with fairly mild recoil. You can still tell it's a 357!

beag_nut
December 6, 2012, 11:05 PM
I have the 6" .357 mag, and at 75 feet can keep all six shots in a 3" circle, DA. The gun is amazing.

Warp
December 7, 2012, 01:10 AM
IWhat are some opinions on the GP100?

It's a great gun. I am very happy with mine.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g105/austin3161324/Firearms/0eb9d71e.png

ArchAngelCD
December 7, 2012, 02:47 AM
I went to a gun show looking for a S&W 686,but ended up with the Ruger $200 cheaper.

What are some opinions on the GP100?
Sorry but don't you think that would have been a question you should have asked before you bought it? I have nothing against the GP100 but I would have done this thread before I bought one... :uhoh:

22-rimfire
December 7, 2012, 11:44 AM
My 3" GP is one of the few handguns I keep loaded inside my house. I very much like the 3" barrel length.

Suggestion: Don't let your cats wizz on it... it will rust. :D That happened to me and I was so bugged.

roaddog28
December 7, 2012, 02:00 PM
That is a great choice. The GP100 is the best value in 357 mid frame revolvers. I have owned two and they are great for shooting 357 magnums. Whether you get some action work done depends on the revolver. One of my GP100 needed the action work but the other one was fine out of the box new. I would put some rounds through it before making the decision.
Good luck,
Howard

Guillermo
December 7, 2012, 02:09 PM
The GP100 is the best value in 357 mid frame revolvers.

Yup

It was designed to be such and I believe, succeeds beyond expectations.

303 hunter
December 7, 2012, 02:30 PM
Sorry but don't you think that would have been a question you should have asked before you bought it? I have nothing against the GP100 but I would have done this thread before I bought one... :uhoh:
I'll post my threads the way I see fit WITHOUT being rude. You should try it.

skidder
December 7, 2012, 08:11 PM
Congrats on the new GP! A tank of a weapon. Shoot the heck out of it. The more you shoot it the smoother it will become. Some brands will shoot "loose" over time, but Rugers have a tendency to shoot "smooth" over time.

Do we get to see some pics?

ArchAngelCD
December 8, 2012, 03:12 AM
I'll post my threads the way I see fit WITHOUT being rude. You should try it.
I was not being rude and I'm sorry you feel I was being rude. I really thought you would have been better served by asking what other shooters thought about a specific revolver before you bought it. How is that being rude?

rayban
December 8, 2012, 08:32 AM
Yeah, lighten up some AA...he says he was at a gun show when he bought it, I doubt that would allow much time to post this before he bought it.

He's obviously tickled with his new score and likes the warm and fuzziness of favorable reinforcement feedback....and it appears to be overwhelming, cept for yours.:p

PabloJ
December 8, 2012, 08:44 AM
I bought a new 6" Ruger GP100 stainless last Saturday. Beautiful,and accurate gun. I went to a gun show looking for a S&W 686,but ended up with the Ruger $200 cheaper. I'm happy with my choice. What are some opinions on the GP100?
A wonderful range toy and hammer rolled into one.

soloban
December 8, 2012, 09:35 AM
I've got a 6" in Stainless and love it. I load up some pretty stout .357 loads and it puts them right where I want them. Shooting .38s in it feels like a .22.

303 hunter
December 8, 2012, 06:53 PM
I was not being rude and I'm sorry you feel I was being rude. I really thought you would have been better served by asking what other shooters thought about a specific revolver before you bought it. How is that being rude?
I'm sorry if I took you wrong. I had a split second chance at the show for a privately owned,unfired,6" stainless GP100 in the box with all paperwork for $400. Happy? HELL YES! I own other Ruger's,so I know the quality. Just wanted to know other's experience with this particular one. Again,I"m sorry for the misunderstanding. -303

ArchAngelCD
December 9, 2012, 01:19 AM
I'm a huge fan of the 4" or 6" .357 Magnum and while I prefer a S&W M686 I can't find anything wrong with a GP100. I'm sure you will enjoy the heck out of shooting that revolver...

musicman10_1
December 9, 2012, 10:59 AM
I have a 4" SS GP100 and I love it. I enjoy shooting hot magnum loads and it is also fun with lighter plinking loads. Mine came with the original grips with the wood insert and I added a set of Hogues. (I prefer the look of the original grips and so it usually wears those.)

As for the trigger, I have read dozens (probably hundreds) of posts about the heavy or poor trigger pull in double action of the GP100. While my revolver's trigger pull is a little heavier than my brother's 686 I simply think that the trigger pull is on par with the overall design and robust nature of the gun itself. Thus I have have no desire to modify the trigger pull in any way other than what happens naturally as a result of shooting it.

Congratulations on your gun show score! I passed on a 6" model last week that was posted on a local gun board for $360 (gulp, I wish that I had had the extra cash on hand as that was a smoking deal).

anothernewb
December 9, 2012, 11:11 AM
Great buy! My wife gave me a 6" GP100 for my birthday and it's awesome. Every bit as accurate and a good of a trigger as my buddies 686. Built like a tank.

OrangePwrx9
December 9, 2012, 11:29 AM
Well, I had an early one and found it a big step backward from my Security Six. But they've probably changed tooling, employees and manufacturing procedures several times over between then and now. Based on the enthusiasm in this thread, I may start looking for another.

Congratulations on a great score!

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