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Thread: Is a Ruger GP-100 a solid .357 investment?

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    Is a Ruger GP-100 a solid .357 investment?

    Are they reliable? Rugged? Seems built like a tank.

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    Im a Smith guy, but Ruger makes a solid revolver for sure. I don t know about investment, but a very good gun. GP-100 is GTG. My good friend loves his and has run it hard.

    Buy it if you want it. Pappa gives the green light.

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    It’s a scaled-down Super Redhawk (which I own), very reliable and, indeed, built like a tank. Not quite as refined as a S&W but very durable as they were designed to compete against the L-frame. Weak ignition springs are sometimes problematic but easily replaceable.

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    The GP-100 is solid and the prices on revolvers seem to be going up.
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    I got it for $600. It's like new (seriously). A dude owed my buddy some $$$ for gunsmithing and my buddy got it for $575. Made $25 off of me!

    I looked at some online retailers and they were all north of $600.
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    I’ve had one since 1986/87. Like the others have said they are built like a tank. I used it for a basic training police academy weapon and it never missed a beat. Carried it until semi autos were issued in 91.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABNAK View Post
    Are they reliable? Yes Rugged? Yes Seems built like a tank. Yes. If you don't shoot it you could still keep it around as a spare hammer.

    Opinions?
    What are your intentions with it? I think if you are going to get really in depth into cowboy shooting and do a lot of upgrades to refine it's attributes then there are better options out there. But if you just need a reliable solid revolver then it's a fine choice.

    I have a 6" GP 100 .357 that I bought as a side kick to my Marlin 1894c lever gun. It's a solid revolver. The SA/DA trigger gets better and better. I've even taken it into a tree a few times and dropped deer with 158gr Buffalo Bore's.
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    Having owned and shot K frames in 357 extensively, they will shoot themselves loose with a steady diet of hot 357. As do 29s in 44 mag. If you plan to shoot it a bunch I'd go with the ruger.

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    Was digging around through my stash last night and found a partial box of Federal .357 Magnum 125gr SJHP's. IIRC these are full-on magnum loads, pretty good on two-legged critters "back in the day".
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    Rugged, reliable, well built. Probably a little overbuilt. It's basically a second gen security/speed six. The idea was to beef up the old security/speed six to be able to handle unlimited 357.

    This is the old speed six in 357

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