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Old 03-17-2013, 04:05 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the input. Much appreciated.

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The squishy rubber grip. thanks for input.

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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
First of all Congrats!
You lucked out.

The GP100 has to be one of the very top Home Defense choices available.

It is what I use.

Right now a loaded GP100 is on my nightstand.
And another GP100 hidden elsewhere in the house.
And another GP100 on top of my cache.

Enjoy your revolver!

PS: For Home Defense I load 38 SPC in Hollow Points.
This way I absolutely limit over penetration while still ensuring incapacitation.

In an outdoors SHTF situation I will load with .357 Magnum though ,.. possibly a hot loaded FMJ so I can shoot thru steel doors, easily into vehicles and thru some walls (and I don't need to use Hollow Point to ensure incapacitation since a .357 Magnum has so much energy )
This ammo flexibility a .357 Magnum revolver has, to also shoot 38 spc is almost like having 2 guns.
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The GP100 is built like a tank and you will be able to pass it on to your children the way your Dad did to you, and they will pass it onto their children as well. It is a fantastic home defense gun. All of the advice has been solid so far. Target practice is cheaper with .38 special, however, dont be affraid to shoot full 357 mag loads all day long in the GP100, it can handle the pressure for sure. .38+P is fine and .357 mag is fine. Shoot it as soon and as much as you can and see what you like the best.

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Great.
My bedside Charter Arms is loaded with
.44 special "Glaser Safety Slugs"
Very Short Range load.
But then the Vaquero is not too far away with .45 Colt.
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Congrats on 2 great guns! You've gotten good advice here so far and I'd second .38+P Hollowpoint for your indoor Home Defense load. The GP shoots anything you load it with very well. I've tried 125 gr .38's to 158 gr .357's and it shoots everything dead on out to 25 yards.

That Mark II pistol has been my favorite for nearly 30 years. Your Dad has good taste in handguns and passed down 2 beauts!

Try Gunbot.com as a search engine to find ammo availability and pricing.

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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
You are one lucky man. I have a GP100 for HD. It is always loaded and in a safe next to my bed. It was my first gun and I love it.

But, wait, there's more! You also got a Ruger Mark II? I have one of those, also, and it's my favorite gun to shoot. Very accurate.

You are incredibly lucky to get both those guns........for free, yet! WOW!

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The squishy rubber grip. thanks for input.
They are called Hogue grips.
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just a note on over penetration.

any 38spl loading will slice right through the walls you find in any typical home. downloading because of that just puts a weaker less capable round in your gun.

148grain 357 magnum jacketed hollowpoints is the undisputed king of self defense rounds.

there are plenty of instances of homeowners needing to shoot through obstructions to nail a goblin. recently there was a little girl hiding in a closet shot the rapist through the door. a mother hiding in her attack shot the intruder through the attic floor. both using 38's both goblins suffered wounds but was still able to continue if he cared to.

i think handicapping yourself needlessly is a bad idea. the 38 is weak to begin with and barely adequate in perfect conditions, toss in thick clothing and some doors or walls and its even less so.

just my opinion

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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.
Me, too! Bedside table gun.
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Is it a .38 or a .357? GP100's are manufactured in both calibers. Either way, you've got an outstanding revolver.

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