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Blackhawk or GP100?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Sneakshot92, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. Sneakshot92

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    Hi all. I'm looking at picking up another 357 magnum revolver for short range (under 35 yds) deer hunting to supplant my old 6" M66 Taurus that's getting retired to plinker duty. I like the heft of the Ruger guns for recoil management. Any pros or cons to either would be considered. Thanks in advance!

    *My shots at deer are taken in S/A almost exclusively even though I have practiced D/A somewhat frequently.
     
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  2. Ohen Cepel

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    For hunting I prefer a single action so would go with the Blackhawk. Forget barrel length options but 7 or so would be my pick.
     
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    Personally, I'd prefer a Blackhawk for that application. But that's largely because I prefer how the BH feels in the hand, and not because of any particular design features.

    The GP100 SA trigger can be very nice with a little work. So don't discount it because of that.
     
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    That’s really gonna depend on which one you like better. A lot of people really like single action revolvers, but I’m not one of them. I’ve owned them but never warmed up to them. I do however love double action revolvers and have owned several. My hunting one is a SRH and my fun ones right now are a GP100 and Security Six, so I’d say GP100. But that is me, I’d handle one of each and get whichever speaks to you. Either is plenty strong enough for whatever load you plan on for deer.
     
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    Gp100. Blackhawks are for bigger cartridges IMO.
     
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    This is honestly going to be difficult for you to mess up. Both are very good shooters for me, and I'd use either. A longer barreled Blackhawk for velocity (but inside 35 yards, is it really a big deal?), a GP100 for versatility, but can get a little heavy if you go 6" with a full underlug. Either one will serve you well.
     
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    Since you already have a 6" barreled .357 mag revolver, my gut response is to tell you to broaden your shooting experience by getting a Blackhawk. That's assuming you don't already have a single action revolver of some sort.

    Between the GP100 and the Blackhawk, you may find yourself wanting to change out the small feeling Blackhawk grip panels immediately to gain more control of the gun. With the GP100, the grips are pretty much good to go as is.

    Both triggers can be tuned easily enough. Once you learn the GP100 takedown trick (look up on Youtube), I'd say the GP100 is a tad easier to get to the trigger and put it back together again than a single action Ruger. That's my opinion, others may feel differently.

    If you go for the GP100, I recommend the 6 shot over the 7 shot. I've read a few reports here at THR of the 7 shot chambers being close enough together that ammo with wider than "normal" rims can get hung up against each other. No one needs that kind of frustration for 1 extra shot, IMO.
     
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  8. 357 Terms

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    My Indiana Whitetail 357 is a stainless 6.5in Blackhawk.
    Strong enough to take thousands of my hot hunting loads (180grn XTP running close to 1400fps)
    Good sights
    Good balance
    Good trigger
    The only thing that may supplant it would be a FA in 357, maybe.
     
  9. Sneakshot92

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    I do have a Heritage Rough Rider but I'm not really sure if that's a fair comparison with the Blackhawk as far as a single action revolver. I do however, have a 1911 which has a trigger that breaks like glass at 3.5lbs. Just a bit of a different single action though.
     
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    Yowzers!!! Bet there's a nice recoil impulse on those!
     
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    Yes and yes. Specifically for hunting, I’d get the Blackhawk first
     
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    The Xr3 red frames too small for my hands so I default to the GP100.
    Bisley frame and id go for the BH.

    My gp100 has a very nice SA break, and an ok double action. Im honestly no better with either the sbh, or my gp100.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Blackhawks. Never shot a gp100 but I've handled them and they seem nice.

    If it came down to it, I'd probably choose a gp100 in stainless for easy maintenance and knock around durability. Like Obturation said, I think Blackhawks are better suited to 41 cal and up. Ejection and loading are more of a pain with the 357 blackhawk (not that it should matter hunting) because it's just a smaller hole and the barrel is so thick. I do love the looks and the grips of the blackhawk though, so you pose a tough choice.
     
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  14. Tony_the_tiger

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    I've had both and I vote for the blackhawk. Its got stories to tell. You'll like it.
     
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    One of my bigger driving factors in wanting a 357 is that I already have a full setup and complement of components and powders for loading 357 magnum. Right now with things the way they are my local go to store for reloading supplies is closed because it's in a large shopping mall. Makes setting up for a new to me caliber a bit tough.
     
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    That BH definitely rolls up in your hand!
     
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    It's probably more pleasant than the recoil from a snub nosed 454 Casull. I've been there and more than about 20 rounds leaves the hands numb.
     
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    Do you already have a single action in 357? If not I think you need a blackhawk.
     
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    I don't and have been kicking the idea of a single action 357 around for a couple years. Maybe posting here will be the enabler I seek... Just maybe ;)
     
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    I have a few Blackhawks including a 357 Mag/9mm convertible but they just do not shoot well in my hands. Nothing against the revolver, the platform just does not work with me.

    I'd vote for the GP100.

    But, both are excellent, reliable revolvers so you won't go wrong with either.
     
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  21. Olon

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    Well, if you insist :rofl:

    They're fine shootin' irons. Mine would get the nod as my favorite handgun if I didn't have a super blackhawk I liked more. Very accurate and all that weight really tames hot loads. I find that they point really well for me and I enjoy seeing how fast I can get hits out of the holster. I dont think you can go wrong with either a gp100 or blackhawk but to me the blackhawk sure has that cool factor. Oh, and it's plenty accurate too.

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  22. IlikeSA

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    I've had both, and would go with the GP100 in that caliber. With the right length barrel, you could use it as a carry gun. Besides, as another poster said, the Blackhawk is too overbuilt for the caliber. Besides that, the front sight can be switched out easier on a GP100, vs a blued Blackhawk (difficult) or stainless (more challenging than the GP100).
     
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    I feel this way too the mid size frame (early 3 screw and 50th anniversary) are better balanced, but they're even better in 44 Special or 45 Colt to my taste. I no longer have any 357 SAs still have a GP among others.
    For your purpose OP either would work and I certainly wouldn't shy away from a Blackhawk for your needs if I didn't reload 44 and 45 or had a desire to have larger calibers.
     
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  24. Sneakshot92

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    Them plow handled guns do look nice so yes on the cool factor.
     
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  25. Armored farmer

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    I vote blackhawk although I prefer .45colt for deer hunting.
    Suit yourself.
    Here's my .357 blackhawk. 20190408_191213.jpg
     
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