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Old 01-11-2010, 06:38 PM
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Hey guys, I've been thinking about buying a NEW revolver probably 4" barrel in .357, the smith and wessons all seem to have stupid internal locks which I hate so they are out, and taurus gives me the heebie jeebies, what do you guys think of the GP100 or do you have any suggestions for alternitives.

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Old 01-11-2010, 06:39 PM
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What about a pre lock 686 S&W? There are lots of used ones on the market.

Rugers are nice as well, I have a gp100 in a 6inch barrel and a 686 SW pre lock (with a 4 inch barrel)...either one will serve you well.
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The Rugers are built tough to handle a steady diet of full house magnum loads. The S&W not so much. Most people using S&W do the training with .38s and only .357 for special occasions.

The GP100 will handle 25,000 rounds of full power.
Old 01-11-2010, 07:09 PM
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The Rugers are built tough to handle a steady diet of full house magnum loads. The S&W not so much. Most people using S&W do the training with .38s and only .357 for special occasions.

The GP100 will handle 25,000 rounds of full power.
So you're saying that S&W built a .357 magnum that can't handle .357 magnum rounds...

ETA...I'm talking about a 686 L frame...not the early K frame.
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GP-100 will be great for you. I might think about a recessed cylinder to allow for moon clips for serious use. Speedloaders suck and speed strips, while slim and convenient are hideaously slow. The modification will allow moon clips, speedloader, speed strips or individual rounds.
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I prefer the SP101 with a 3" barrel, but a GP100 will work great too.
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I have the sp101 in the 2 1/4 in barrel and love it. Well built pistols! here is a pic of it:
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I have a GP-100 4" and have had it for about six years now. I've been quite pleased with the gun in terms of quality, accuracy and useability. I've fired many thousands of rounds with never an issue of any kind. I got one with a great trigger and went on to dry fire the heck out of it as well as shoot the heck out it and it's only improved.

I got ahold of one of the smaller grips that were made for the shorter fixed sight GP-100's and the combination balances perfectly for me and fits me like it was made for me. This is my favorite double action revolver of all I own.
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A GP100 would be great. The older S&W K-frames are good, too, but usually cost more. You can also sometimes find an old Ruger Security Six online or in gun shows for a reasonable price, they are great guns.
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A friend of mine brought one out for me to try. I liked it enough to buy one for myself. Regular hunting season will end soon, so after that I plan to focus on hogs and coyotes. I plan for the gp100 to be on my belt then. I went with the 4" barrel so that I could ccw if I want, even if it is a bit bulky.
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The GP is built like a tank, you'll be hard pressed to wear one out.
Believe me, I've tried and failed.

I prefer the Security series for weight and balance though.

I'd rather have a L-frame Smith (pre lock and MIM) or Colt Python but the Ruger is still an excellent choice.

The last GP (4") I had was good for consistent hits on a silhouette target out at 500Y, it's not as hard as you'd think with a bunch of practice and a box of ammo to waste. Better than the Smith I'd brought along.
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Just about the best choice you can make in a .357 mag in my opinion.

Get two of them.
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The GP-100 is a good gun, I used to have the 6", short shroud, blued model. Somewhere I still have a speed loader for it. I just wanted something with a bit more whop, and traded it toward a Ruger Vaquero in 45 Colt a few years ago. It was a very accurate pistol, I would routinely hit cans and bottles at 100 yards with it, once I learned the hold. I've honestly never had a bad thing to say about any Ruger firearm, and I have, or have had, several over the years.

I put thousands upon thousands of rounds thru that gun without a hiccup.
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Try to consider the trigger in your decision making. The best on any used gun store shelf is probably the Colt. Then the S&W, (my preference), then the GP. Yes all are good, but the S&W push forward hinge control to me, is more intuitive.
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I dont like S&W revolvers. Its a purely ergonomics thing though. Ruger is excellent at making revolvers, not so good automatics though. I had a Ruger gp100 4" bbl for years and it held up to everything.

IMO the best revolvers are Colt and Ruger.
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I have the sp101 in the 2 1/4 in barrel and love it. Well built pistols! here is a pic of it:
I have the same one and I love it. Ruger makes one hell of a revolver. When you run out of bullets you could beat people to death with the thing. Definately a meaty gun.
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Cant go wrong with a Ruger revolver. I have an sp101 and have also owned the GP 100 which I passed on to a family member. Excellent revolvers.
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I've owned a 6" stainless gp for 19 years. First handgun I ever bought and one of the wisest decisions I ever made. (I just wish I was that smart all of the time)
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The Rugers are built tough to handle a steady diet of full house magnum loads. The S&W not so much. Most people using S&W do the training with .38s and only .357 for special occasions.

The GP100 will handle 25,000 rounds of full power.
I have a Smith 586 with over 10,000 rounds through it...no problems...ever and it's still tight as new. Mostly reloads with 110 - 125 grain bullets...but faster powders to limit forcing cone erosion. No comparison for trigger pull though....the Smiths win hands down. The only down side to new Smiths is price...my opinion.
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