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Old 03-13-2013, 03:37 AM   #1
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I am a first time gun owner. I was going to buy a handgun but when my father found out he just up and gave me his Ruger GP100. Anybody out there have advice on what types of ammo to buy for Home defense. And what to buy for just target practice. He also gave me his ruger Mark ii. I can't find 22lr anywhere, but I assume that nobody knows when that will be readily available again. Any advice on these guns would be super helpful. Thanks

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:44 AM   #2
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The GP500 is awesome!! Not sure how suitable it is for HD but its super accurate and easy to use.

You are very lucky to be given one for free, I'm jealous as its been on my wish list forever! I've rented one at the range, one day I'll own it!!

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The GP500 is awesome!! Not sure how suitable it is for HD but its super accurate and easy to use.

You are very lucky to be given one for free, I'm jealous as its been on my wish list forever! I've rented one at the range, one day I'll own it!!
Edit...meant gp100 not 500
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I am a first time gun owner. I was going to buy a handgun but when my father found out he just up and gave me his Ruger GP100. Anybody out there have advice on what types of ammo to buy for Home defense. And what to buy for just target practice. He also gave me his ruger Mark ii. I can't find 22lr anywhere, but I assume that nobody knows when that will be readily available again. Any advice on these guns would be super helpful. Thanks
The ruger would be a great home defense gun, only complaint is amount of ammo that it can hold. At the range you could put 38 special into it or 357 just get the cheapest stuff you can but preferably fmj with brass casing. You don't have to buy hollowpoints to shoot targets. As far as self defense ammo, someone else can help you out there. I would stick with a hollowpoint to avoid overpenetration. I have hornady critical defense rounds but there are other good brands such as winchester. When you clean your revolver make sure you clean the cylinder, and practice often. I can't find any 22lr either, well not for less than .18¢ a round...
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Also good ammo is the Speer Short barrel. They expand super quick, and can be gotten in .38 spl and .357 mag.

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While in your house you might want to consider loading it with .38 special +ps

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For inside work, .38 should be plenty.

Does this one have the classy grips with the little rosewood inset in the center, or does it have the monstrously shock-absorbing squishy rubber grips? I recommend the big squishies for shooting and the classy ones for showing off.

Put a small flashlight with it.

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125 grain Critical Defense 38 special +P in the house. A good light mag load is the Winchester 110 grain HP 357 mag. Hot defense loads are the 125 grain HP 357 mags almost any good brand.

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Hey cmorrow ....can I adopt your dad???? PLEASE I could really use another Ruger

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GP100 is a good choice. No safety to work, just point and shoot. I have a SP101, your guns little brother, for my hd.

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