New revolver and A few firsts

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Barbaroja, Nov 20, 2021.

  1. Barbaroja

    Barbaroja Member

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    So I spent all summer thinking about getting a new revolver. I wanted something for punching paper, and small game hunting. It settled on getting a 357 as I already had brass, and was a very economical round to load compared to my big bore single actions, using literally half the amount of powder and lead per shot.
    I fell into the situation a lot of people find themselves in, do I get a S&w 686 or a Gp100. After handling both I liked the way the gp100 balanced in my hand so that’s what I decided on. Ended up taking a very long time to actually take it home thanks to Washington state’s ill conceived background check system now in place.
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    This is my first double action revolver, first stainless gun, first 38/357 and the first time it took 16 days from time of purchase to get my gun home(thanks Washington)
    Already dropped in a spring kit (still need to test for reliability) and polished the internals up and it did wonders to the trigger pull.
    Anybody ever sand down the finger nubs on these grips? I like the grip hate the grooves. Think I’ll just order the old style grip and some nice wood inserts from chigs grips.
    Cant wait to go shoot it again.
    If anyone has any recommendations for a favorite load for 38 and 357 I’m all ears.

    Thanks for listening to me ramble
     
  2. Tallball

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    Good choice! :)

    My FiL bought a 6" NiB 5-7 years ago and loves it. I think his has slightly different grips, maybe?

    Anyway, he loves that thing. They have a good reputation for lasting pretty much forever.
     
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  3. TarDevil

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    Sweet! Looking for a 4" 586 myself. It's a great caliber choice.
     
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  4. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Congrats on the new Ruger! :cool:

    The old style grip works with my hands very well. For some reason any Hogue or Hogue styled grip with finger grooves never fits my hands.
     
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  5. Bennj

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    Congratulations! My GP100 SS 5" was my first revolver too. I also didn't care for the rubber finger groove grip because I had to keep repositioning my grip. I also went with the old style grip with Chig's inserts and am very happy. Plan to add some hammer shims and change the main and trigger springs, but after a few thousand rounds it's smoothed up some.
     
  6. MikeJackmin

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    With the old-style grips and grip screw (which can be unscrewed and removed with the rim of a cartridge) the GP can be disassembled without tools, which is kinda cool.

    I cleaned up the trigger on mine - a retired security-guard gun, purchased used, and filthy - by hosing it out with brake cleaner, dry firing it 1000 times, hosing it out again, and re-lubing with RemOil when dry. Been quite happy with it ever since.
     
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  7. UncleEd

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    Regarding grip, Hogue does make a
    groove-less model and is advertised
    for the Super GP100. Without the
    grooves, it's a much different animal.

    The wood grips for the Match Champion
    are also Hogue and without grooves.

    The only criticism I've sen about the
    rubber grips with wood inserts is they
    are harder on the hand during extensive
    magnum shooting.
     
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  8. stonebuster

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    Congratulations on your GP100 purchase.. Check out Altamont Wood inserts & rubber grips too. The inserts aren't smooth like Chig's and the rubber is textured also. I've got both Chigs & Altamont(Lett's style) and like both.
     
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  9. paul105

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    These are some S&W 500 X Frame (Hogue Tamers) that I modified (removed finger groves and rounded butt). You can do it with a belt sander, dremel sanding drum, or block sander. Go slow and you can get a decent outcome. Mess warning -- Lots of black finds thrown off with belt sander or dremel.

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    FWIW,

    Paul
     
  10. Walkalong

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    I no longer own this one, but it was a nice gun. I'll never sell my Security Six.
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  11. Barbaroja

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    Just got back in the house from testing a bunch of reloads and couldn’t be happier with the results. This thing shoots. Shot over 100rnds and experienced 100% reliability with the lightest springs in the kit from Wolff, including some rounds loaded with small rifle primers. The gun seems to like the powdered coated 158gn rnfp from the Lee mold. Very happy. Tested clays and unique, I have some titegroup I’d like to try but it’s hard to argue with the results 4.7gn of unique gave me. These 5 shot groups were shot single action, standing at 10 yds with my forearms resting on a giant tree root. I pulled those two lower shots on the group on the top right
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  12. PapaG

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    Light, 358156 or 357446 and 5 gr Unique in 38 cases. Strong, either with 13.5-14.5 2400 (work up) in 357 cases.
     
  13. UncleEd

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    Barbaroja,

    You mentioned "lightest" springs, some rifle
    primers and shooting all or most rounds in
    SA. Just to make sure about reliability,
    you might give the gun a good test in DA.

    DA strikes have less oomph than SA
    usually.

    And next time you shoot, do it in DA,
    smooth single strokes, no hesitations.
    You might be surprised how well you
    do in the accuracy department.

    Any way, so happy for you!
     
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  14. Barbaroja

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    Good thought, I’ve read that before and appreciate the reminder.
    I shot mosty double action, with the exception of the test loads. The rifle primers were all shot in double action. I’m not ready to bet me life on its reliability but as of now it’s 100% if that changes I’ll move up the the next weight of hammer spring, no harm done.
     
  15. Rodfac

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    Good lookin' pistola, Senor....and accurate as well.

    Here are a few of my loads, work up if interested and after consulting a good manual. All loads listed were chronographed for my Smith M-66 with a 4" bbl. The first four loads will do 1-1/2" groups at 25 yds from a rest with good bullets. The first load, 3.5 gr of Bullseye is a fine target load, and at 823 fps carries some punch with it for small game hunting or CC purposes if you're not adverse to handloads for carry purposes.

    148 gr wadcutter, Lyman 35891, sized 0.358", 3.5 gr Bullseye in .38 Spl brass, Chrono'd = 823 fps 4" bbl
    148 gr wadcutter, Lyman 35891, sized 0.358", 4.0 gr Bullseye in .357 brass, Chrono'd = 856 fps 4" bbl.

    158 gr LSWC, Lyman 358156gc, sized 0.358", 5.0 gr Bullseye in .357 brass, Chrono'd = 920 fps 4" bbl.
    158 gr LSWC, Lyman 358156gc, sized 0.358", 5.5 gr Bullseye in .357 brass, Chrono'd = 996 fps 4" bbl.

    This last one, below, is a top end load for me and does an honest 1-1/2" 5 shot group at 100 yds with my Marlin 1894 CS with a 2.5x scope mounted & chrono's at 1609 fps from its 18.5" bbl. For rifle use I size to 0.359", for Ruger and S&W handguns I use 0.358".

    158 gr LSWC, Lyman 358156gc, sized 0.358", 13.5 gr 2400 in .357 brass, Chrono'd = 1358 fps 4" bbl.
    I limit this load to use in K or N frame Smiths, and a pair of Ruger Blackhawk Flat Tops.

    Best regards, Rod
     
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  16. Zebraranger

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    Its a good choice and it looks great. I've had mine for about 15 years and have bonded with it well over those years.
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  17. Riomouse911

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    The last part, did you mean L and N frame Smiths? I love my four K frame .357’s but I don’t regard them as sturdy as my 686, the OP’s GP 100 or your N frame and Blackhawks :).

    Just wondering.

    Stay safe.
     
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  18. skfullen

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    Great snag! Enjoy.
     
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