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Ruger GP 100

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Porter_Rockwell, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Porter_Rockwell

    Porter_Rockwell New Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Hello again,

    I can't let these Smith owners get away with a 686 club without us GP100 users having something as well! Feel free to answer some questions:

    1) What do you own: I own a stainless GP100 in 4 inch with adj sights.

    2) What grips do you use? I think the Hogue Grips are absolutely the best on the market for this gun. They completely cover the backstrap, whereas, the hogue grips for a 686 do not (Sorry for the jab Smitty owners!) It makes a difference with full power loads.

    3) What loads do you use? I use a variety for plinking, with winchester 110, 125 being the most common. I also shoot Blazer .357 and Winchester 130 grain .38.

    For woods carry I am ether carring Winchester 180 Partition Gold or corbon 200 HC.

    4) Any modifications? I have none other than the Hogue grips.

    5) What would you like Ruger to do differently to a GP100? Nothing really, I am so pleased with mine. However, i would love to see another run of the Target Grey to match my SP101 2 incher. Maybe even an 8 inch version for hunting. I plan on the purchase of a 6 inch for hunting, but the 8 would be even better! The tigger seems to consistely get better with the new Ruger right out of the box.

    6) Holster(s): I carry mine in a cheap but effective Uncle Mikes OWB (As if anything will really fit IWB!)

    7) Speed Loader(s): HKS and Bianchi.

    God Bless and have fun.

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2007
  2. fjlee

    fjlee New Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Denver Co
    >>>>1) What do you own: I own a stainless GP100 in 4 inch with adj sights.

    I don't have mine yet. But soon!!! A 4" SS in .357 (KGP-141)

    >>>>2) What grips do you use?

    I'm gonna start with the Hogue TAMERS.

    >>>>3) What loads do you use?

    I reload, so play/plink will probably be a variety.....as I try to close in on a load/bullet that groups well, with moderate recoil. Velocity not too important to me for plinking/playing. Once I find an accurate plinking load, I'll also use that load for small game hunting. For HD/SD......I'll use one of the 125 grain JHP, hopefully at around 1400-1450 fps.

    >>>>4) Any modifications?

    I've been gathering info and advice from many areas......to enable myself to do an "action smoothing" job. Once that's done, and the gun has been dry and live fired a bunch, I'm gonna do careful Wolff trigger springs installation.
    I've given a lot of thought to this "spring job".....since this Ruger will also be a HD/SD gun. So I think my criteria on the Wolff springs is that I must get ignition 100 times, from 100 attempts, using CCI primers, in temperature that's below 35 degrees F. If the Wolff spring's can't deliver that, then the original Ruger springs will be given the same test. If the Ruger springs can't pass the test, I'm not sure what I'm gonna do at that point!! Heh, heh.......have not thought that far ahead.

    I'll also be experimenting with different colored paint on the front sight, if I deem the original black is lacking.

    Any sharp edges on trigger will be "stoned" off.

    Chambers will be polished...possibly lapped. Possibly I'll do the same to the forcing cone. I'll check the bore where the barrel screws into frame. If there is a constriction there, I'll manually lap it, at that spot. NOT fire-lap!!!

    >>>>5) What would you like Ruger to do differently to a GP100?

    Well, I've never owned or even shot a GP100....but right now I'm daydreaming that my perfect GP100 .357 would have a 3" barrel, and adjustable sights.

    FJ Lee
  3. fiVe

    fiVe Participating Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    West Florida Panhandle
    I would like to welcome all GP 100 owners to the "club" format. I'm not a member here (not yet, at least), but I wish this thread great success.

    Kind regards,
    -- Founder of the 642 Club
    -- Member of the 336 Club
  4. g5reality

    g5reality member

    Jan 31, 2007

    I think Club threads are great. easy way to compare notes, get advice and see what others think of guns you either have or might think of getting.

    Special thanks to fiVe for starting the concept.

    Long Live the Ruger GP 100 Club.

    -- Member of the 642 Club
    -- Founder of the 686 Club
    -- Founder of the M1A Club

    SNEAKS New Member

    Jul 13, 2006
    I have a GP100 6'' blued with rubber hogue grips and plan on getting it drilled and tapped for a scope soon. It was my first handgun and I love it.
  6. zappadragon

    zappadragon New Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I guess I will start the pictures. Here is my GP 100

  7. vanilla_gorilla

    vanilla_gorilla Member

    Jun 10, 2006

    I need a six inch.

    My normal loads seem to involve lots of 2400 under a 158 grain jacketed bullet for now.
  8. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Participating Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    1) What do you own?
    I own a stainless GP100 in 4 inch with adjustable sights.

    2) What grips do you use?
    Factory grips, nothing changed here.

    3) What loads do you use?
    a. For defense purposes Federal 125 grain JHP.
    b. For general-purpose or target-shooting 158 grain LSWC.
    c. For woods-carry 140 grain Barnes XPB.

    4) Any modifications?
    a. I rounded the trigger edges myself with a dremel followed by about an hour of hand-filing. Much more user-friendly.
    b. Meprolight adjustable night sights, which are very nice.
    c. Wolff springs, one step down from factory and I have never experienced a single failure. If I ever do, factory springs will go back in but I'm not holding my breath.

    5) What would you like Ruger to do differently to a GP100?
    Offer a factory bead-blasted finish and round the trigger edges more, like what you see on a Ruger Alaskan.

    6) Holster?
    Right now a cheap-ish Bianchi Accumold that works, but not great.

    7) Speed Loader?
    Bianchi Speed Strips here, I dont care much for the HKS, but if I were to use this for IDPA I would get some Safariland Comp II's.
  9. Porter_Rockwell

    Porter_Rockwell New Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Nice job...Any Hi-Viz for a Gp100?

    Thanks gang,

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a hi-viz type option for a GP100.
    I may have overlooked it on their site, but I S&W, but no Ruger.

    Second, if you have installed a Hi-viz or something like unto it, what has POA/POI issues been like for you?

    Keep those cards and letters coming.

    God Bless,

  10. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Participating Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Before the Meprolight's, I had Williams Firesights on mine. (Fiber optic, 3 dot) They, like the stock sights, are considerably taller than the Meprolights. I like the low profile of the Meprolights.

    As far as POA/POI they're both adjustable, so it can be changed.

    My personal sight adjustment has the 158 LSWC shooting to the top on the front sight, and the 125 JHP "drilling the dot" of the front night sight. (both zeroed at 25 yards) I've never been a fan of 6 o'clock type holds with sights.

    So for instance, if I'm shooting the 158's at a clay pigeon at 25 yards, half of the pigeon will be above my sights, and half obscured. If I'm using the 125's I end up centering the dot of the front sight in the middle of the pigeon.
  11. andy29075

    andy29075 New Member

    Nov 14, 2005
  12. MrDig

    MrDig Participating Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Where all the women are strong, the men are good l
    1) What do you own: 6 inch Bbl in Blue

    2) What grips do you use? Factory Standard

    3) What loads do you use? 158gr Seller & Belloit FMJ for target use, Still undecided about HD or Hunting use.

    4) Any modifications? HiVis front Ramp sight.

    5) What would you like Ruger to do differently to a GP100? add a High Visibility Front Sight.

    6) Holster(s): None yet

    7) Speed Loader(s): Two, HKS 586A
  13. ChuckB

    ChuckB Member

    Jan 19, 2003
    N.E. Illinois
    I have a 4" stainless, and I really like it. I replaced the stock hammer spring with a 10# Wolff, and it's still a 100% gun. That's my only change (does painting the front sight with bright fabric paint count?).

    "Bianchi Speed Strips here, I dont care much for the HKS, but if I were to use this for IDPA I would get some Safariland Comp II's."

    I tried the Comp II's for competition. They didn't work- the cartridge case edges would hang up on the charge holes. No problem with defense ammo, because the case edges don't protrude. An HKS works fine.

  14. Handyman

    Handyman New Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    1. 4" blued
    2. factory grips - tried the hogue grips , didn't like them
    3. I've been trying different loads but I mostly use
    the CCI blazers and Lellier & Ballot 158 gr. for the range and Remington 125 gr. jhp for defence
    4. The only modification I made was to change the front sight . I got a red one from the Ruger catalog
    5. I can't think of anything that I would want Ruger to do different
    6. I have a Bianchi 3 slot holster . Not a bad holster but I might get a Galco or maybe a uncle mike
    7. HKS speed loader and Bianchi speed strips
  15. 461

    461 Participating Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    My GP-100 is the 4" Target Grey model and it's a favorite gun that has earned permanent status in my collection. The only modification I've done is switch to the smaller "Fixed Sight" grip with some fancy (Zebrawood) inserts.

    The action came from the box very smooth and light and after a few thousand dry fires and about 5000 rounds fired it's only gotten smoother. My load of choice is 158gr hardcast with middle of the road doses of 2400 as the gun seems to group them pretty well at 25yds. Factory sights are fine to my eye so I haven't changed them although night sights of some variety may be in the future.

    I carry it in a Bianchi "Black Widow" belt slide which is also what I use for my SP-101's.

    I have plans of a blued 6" in the future.

    KFISHCAT New Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    Great gun tuff as nails. The trigger on mine is great right out of box no problems guess I got a good one. Glad to see some much needed Gp100 love.
  17. Porter_Rockwell

    Porter_Rockwell New Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Bear Loads and Lipseys?

    461---Did you get the Taget grey special ordered through Lipseys/Davidsons?
    I have only seen 1 GP 100 in TG ever. The one I saw was used and I had to make the choice btween the GP or the SP in TG. I wanted the SP more at the time and knew it would get more CCW use. I want to find the GP in TG again, but it has been at least a year since I have seen one.

    I have a Red Label in TG, the Sp and the Mini (They don't claim it as TG, but it looks basically the same) I want to get the GP to match. Just my Obsessive-Compulsive nature coming out. (I'm pretty sure the diagnosis is correct since I am a Psychotherapist!)

    Anyone ever tested any bear loads for the GP?

    I carry the 200 grain Corbons in mine wihile in the woods. I am interested if anyone has any comaprative results on the following:

    1) Federal 180 Cast Core
    2) Buffalo Bore 180 CC
    3) Speer 170 SP

    Any others you might suggest? The Core bons I feel most at home with, but they can be a little unwieldy in rapid fire even in the GP100.

    God Bless and let's keep this tread rolling!

  18. Ichiro

    Ichiro Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    4" Blue, stock except for a Wolf 9# main spring.
    Wish it had a better front sight.

    I enjoy shooting everything through it, but these days I use only my .38 reloads. I just started reloading and decided the GP-100 was the best gun in case I had a double-charge.

    With the exception of a couple rounds, I put a 50-round box, double-action, through one ragged hole at 21 feet. Time to push the target back a bit further, I think.
  19. lawson

    lawson Active Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Chandler, AZ
    1) What do you own: Stainless GP100, 4", adjustable sight.

    2) What grips do you use? Checkered Rosewood Combat Grips from Eagle

    3) What loads do you use? for plinking, i use bulk .38 reloads. For home defense, I use Gold Dots, and for backwoods carry I use Corbon 200grn HC.

    4) Any modifications? Just the grips.

    5) What would you like Ruger to do differently to a GP100? I would like a high visibility colored front sight, and a rounded trigger.

    6) Holster(s): I've tried quite a few, and my favorite is the Galco Fletch. It distributes the weight well, and after an 8 hour shift wearing this gun that can mean quite a lot.

    7) Speed Loader(s): I have two HKS speedloaders, but I don't really use them. I can reload faster with loose cartridges, so I carry my spares in a Simply Rugged ammo pouch.

    now, for a picture and some history:


    The GP100 was my first handgun purchased as an adult. I was fresh out of the service and looking to take up shooting again, and to have something for home defense. My dad suggested looking for a used Model 10, since there's a store a couple hours away that often gets big lots of them from law enforcement and security company trade-ins. I had already planned on getting a double action revolver in either .38 or .357, but I wasn't exactly sure on make or model.

    I happened to stop by a local store, and this big shiny revolver caught my eye. It felt great in my hand, nice and heavy. I bought it then and there without haggling price. It's been true love ever since.
  20. SecondAmend

    SecondAmend New Member

    Dec 10, 2006
    Just purchased mine today. Nice piece.
    I will be upgrading the to a set of Wolf trigger/springs and also grips sometime next week.


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