GP100 44 spl

Discussion in 'Ruger Revolver Forums' started by greg_r, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. greg_r

    greg_r Well-Known Member

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    At the LGS today and noticed they were kind of low on stock. They had a lone GP100, the 44 special. I really like the 44 spl GP100 and have to resist it every time I go in there. The owner told me he could not sell it because of the chambering. All the brothers and sisters to it in 22 and 357 sell.
     
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  2. buster40c

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    IMO people would forget about the 357 after they have shot a 44 special. It doesn't have the recoil or as loud deafening sound yet it still packs quite a defensive wallop. The 44 is my main carry since I got it. I don't have the Ruger GP100 44 spl.I have the Charter Bulldog 44 spl.

    I think most people think it's a 44 so it will be way more than what recoil they can handle. They think of the 44 magnum when they hear 44. IMO a 357 is way more to handle than a 44 spl. Now a 44 magnum is another story.

    I also think the bad rap the GP100 has gotten for poor design and quality issues could be why they aren't selling so well either. Canted and raised front sight gap. Gap clearances off from side to side. Ruger has some issues with this gun.
     
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  3. RedSoxRugers

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    I'm one of the many who had contacts in Sunapee and other Ruger hotspots in
    NH ( Rd Sox lovers) over the
    years, and wrote Ruger letters asking for a DA in .44 Special.

    Well, now that we have them in the excellent GP44, I can't find or afford any
    .44 Special practice ammo. Double Tap Ammo for carry,
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    but even Blazer .44 special
    in aluminum cases is $45 here.


    People say reload and it makes .44 cheaper. I don't reload anymore, so buying factory ammo makes the beautiful GP44
    a no-go for me.


    I learned that lesson when I bought and tried to keep a Bulldog running.
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    As I'm currently trying to sell my 38/357 revolvers in favor of a Short
    Spur in .45 Colt.

    I don't carry a single Action revolver for defense except in the woods.

    Back to the GP44:

    Should they offer it in .45 Colt, I'd be hard-pressed to keep from laying down the
    plastic!

    It would be an excellent companion for my Bond Arms and Marlin lever-action.

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    I'd also jump one in .45 ACP.

    So , everytime I see a post or an article on the GP44, I let out a sigh,,
    and say to myself. How wonderful to be one of those who has a GP44
    and can run it right.

    The .44 Special really comes onto it's own for practice ammo when one
    reloads, but that will never be me again.

    Have fun with a wonderful revolver.
     
  4. Oldhand

    Oldhand AKA Rawhidekid! Lifetime Supporter

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    They made the Redhawk in 45 Colt, great gun it a little heavy. As far as the front sight, if people would open their eyes they would see many firearms with the base not flush on the front sight. My Sig P2022 doesn't lay flat. All that matters is if it hits at point of aim.
     
  5. gunman42782

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    I have the 3 inch .44 Special and it is one of my favorite guns to shoot. I reload, so ammo is not a problem. I would say the availability of ammo, or rather the lack there of, is the main reason the .44 would be harder to sell than the .357s. People that don't know guns have never even heard of the .44 Special.
     
  6. nickndfl

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    I like the .357 mag because it also shoots .38 special.
     
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  7. RedSoxRugers

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    Will the Blazer 200 grain .44 Special load eject from the GP44?

    I've had Blazer .38 before that was not a good choice.
     
  8. RedSoxRugers

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    The GP44 came home home with me.
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    Found that a local store has ammo and not too much more than .357
    Magnum, or .45 Colt.
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    I'll let you know how it shoots.
     
  9. greg_r

    greg_r Well-Known Member

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    Sweet!
     
  10. rugertoter

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    Wow, that one's a beast! Very nice.
     
  11. RedSoxRugers

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    Leans a bit to the right, just like me:)

    That's why I like the idea of the adj. sights.
     
  12. greg_r

    greg_r Well-Known Member

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    See what you done gone and done.
     
  13. RedSoxRugers

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    Do you have pics of your new GP44?

    I wonder what holsters work for the 3 inch GP 100s?
     
  14. RedSoxRugers

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    The Blazer ammo shoots and ejects just fine.

    My Gp44 is a bit heavy to carry, so I'm going to a
    9mm Sp-101, unless I buy a nice shoulder holster for my GP44.
     
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    SP-101 in .357 is nice too. 20150817_172951.jpg
     
  16. RedSoxRugers

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    Yes, I've had couple.[​IMG]
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    [​IMG]Want to try the 9mm version for a while.
     
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  17. buster40c

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    I believe you will find the GP44 will feel a bit to heavy for a shoulder holster. IMO The gun also will be to big to really hide well in a shoulder holster.
    My Bulldog 44 carries best in an owb belt holster or my front jeans pocket. It is to heavy feeling pulling down on my shoulder in a jacket gun pocket.
    My Bulldog also is smaller than your GP44 though. Sometimes it takes a few holsters before finding what feels best.

    Since I have bought my 44 I haven't carried anything else. My several 357s sit in the safe now along with my 9mm semis.
     
  18. RedSoxRugers

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    Hi, thanks for your input.

    I did bring home a nice Sp-101 in 9mm to play with.

    Added a CARBO spring kit and the trigger is now decent.

    My new Bisley in .45 Colt shoot really good as well.
    [​IMG]
    I'm just deciding on whether to go to .45 Colt and
    9mm for my revolver and semi-auto needs.

    I already have a nice Walther PPQ .22 for cheaper
    practice, might go with a Bisley .22 next year.

    That said. If I go all in for .45 Colt.
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    My GP44 ( hard to find ammo for in my area)
    and PPQ .45 will be sold in favor of a Redhawk
    in .45 Colt/.45 ACP, [​IMG]or
    Super Blackhawk Bisley .45/45 convertible.[​IMG]

    Both would be sweet, but I can only afford one of them right now.
     
  19. RedSoxRugers

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    I went and shot it (SP-101 9mm) again today.

    Like with my GP44, this gun shoots great in single-action, but
    I have trouble managing the double-action trigger pull because
    of my CTS.

    Even with the lighter Wolff and Carbo springs, I'm still struggling.

    Now that I have my hands on a sweet Bisley in .45 Colt.
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    My double-action revolvers might me getting traded for one
    of these beauties:

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    Or the long lusted for Bisley New Vaquero.

    I do not see any Redhawks or GP 100-22s in my future.