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Old 04-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #1
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Ruger GP100 first range session

Today was the first range session with my new Ruger GP100. It was an eye opener to say the least.

My main objective for the session was to familiarize myself with the fit, handling and accuracy of this revolver. Secondly, I wanted to observe and compare different brands, calibers and types of ammunition dispatched by the GP100.

Because I only had two objectives for this first session, I placed targets only at fifteen yards.

This is the ammunition I used:

40-125gr Remington .357 magnum JSP rounds.
100-158gr Armscor .38 special FMJ rounds
100-130gr Remington UMC .38 special FMJ rounds
50-158gr Home made .38 special Wadcutters
50-125gr Home made .38 special Semi-Wadcutters

All rounds printed small group patterns within the 10-ring.

The eye opener of this session as that I found my 4" Ruger GP100 to be the BEST handling sidearm I have ever held. It fits my hand perfectly, has a balance and weight that allows me to quickly regain sight alignment and cushions every brand, caliber and type of ammunition I used today. I must add however, even though the heft of this revolver did cushion the sharp recoil of the hot .357 magnum loads, I do not like or enjoy firing .357 magnum rounds. The recoil is simply too much for my arthritic hands to handle without pain.

To state a fact and not aggrandizement, I have owned many high level pistols and revolvers. Many of my 1911's were custom made. The others were top-of-the-line products by noted manufacturers. None handled as well in my hands as the GP100. I am stunned that this is so considering the price I paid for all of these guns.

A lasting impression from this first session is, I had previously though that Ruger produced a good product. I did not recognize that Ruder produces an outstanding product. I do now,

I am thoroughly pleased with this very fine revolver.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:48 AM   #2
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Congratulations Aimtrue. It is always a joy when one finds one's "pefect partner. As I stated in the previous Post, I didn't think you would be disappointed in your choice. The GP100 is an excellent platform, which is why it is the preferred revolver platform for my backwoods adventures, even given my love for S&W's.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:10 AM   #3
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Aim True,
You seemed to enjoy yourself with your Ruger GP100. I have one too and of all my magnum revolvers my GP100 is the best one for shooting the 357 round. I also own a S&W 686 and once owned a S&W model 28. As nice as these revolvers are I am more comfortable shooting 357s with my GP100. The grip design fits my small hands well and allows me to follow up shots quicker. I love my S&Ws revolvers but when it comes to shooting the magnum round I always pick up my GP100. I believe this revolver is the best value now in a medium frame revolver. I would recommend a new GP100 over any new revolver out there.
Enjoy yours,
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:17 PM   #4
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Roaddog28, I have now put 950 rounds downrange with my GP-100.

After my second range session, I replaced the front sight with a Marbels fiber optic sight and had a good friend (a master smith) work on the trigger.

I much enjoy shooting DA and have now gotten to the point that I can do so with one continuous squeeze rather than stage the squeeze.

Without question, I find the GP to be the finest revolver I have ever had. I love its balance and soft recoil. For my purposes and distance limitations, the sight radius is perfect.

My only complaint is that I never bought a GP-100 earler!
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:35 PM   #5
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There's something about a Ruger. GP100's always seem to be very accurate. S&W L-Frames suited my needs better @ the time but always wanted a GP100, glad you found a good one.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:54 PM   #6
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Great write up. Darn you! I had started picking up some S&W's K frames and had gotten away from Ruger pistols. I have a stainless Security Six I will take with me when I go. Now you have me craving a GP100. I had a five shot SP-101 but traded it. Now I will be trying to replace it with a GP-100. Thank you very much. I know I have a problem with guns but it can be cured when I have enough! Good work Aimtrue.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:23 PM   #7
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Thanks for the range report. While I'm a S & W man, I have a lot of respect for the Ruger Revolvers.

A friend had a GP100 and it had as sweet a trigger pull as I've ever seen on a factory revolver. Handling characteristics were exactly as you discribed.

Enjoy the new Ruger.

I'm currently enjoying one of the new Ruger Blackhawk .44 Special "flat-tops". All I can say is WOW!

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Old 07-21-2011, 07:52 AM   #8
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A very good work horse of 357 magnum! Had a blue 6" some 25-30 years ago. Hunted Ohio deer with it up to 50yds with hardcast gas checked 155 gr. over 13.5 grs of 2400. Nice wheelgun. Just sold off my 6" stainless to my son,s father-in-law for a house gun. I did not use it and have 3" fixed site GP-100 for a truckgun.
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