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Sashebby 02-07-2011 08:20 PM

Ruger GP100
I am new to handguns and new to this site. I am picking up a new Ruger GP 100 (stainless, 4 inch barrel) in 3 days (Gander Mtn.) and would like to know if there is a proper way to "break in" the gun? I know it will take a variety of 38 loads as well as the 357 ammo. Is the larger "stress" placed on the gun by the 357 ammo good for it? Does it make a difference? Use will include home security and occasional range. I've read this gun is a pretty good piece and hope there is not much recoil (with 38's - how about with the 357's?) as my wife will be scared of it. Also, best place to purchase ammo in Chicago area?
Thank You All In Advance,


spittinfire 02-07-2011 08:39 PM

Welcome to the forum. Please stop by the introduction area and let everyone know you're here.

Your GP100 is a tank and will eat all the 357s you want to feed it. They are well built and will give you a lifetime of service. As far as a break in.....shoot it, shoot it again and shoot it some more. If this is your first handgun I think you made a great choice in weapon as well as caliber. The 4" barrel will help you learn to shoot with greater ease then a snub nose but is still quick to point and concealable if desired(I realize your in Chicago and I'm sorry).
I would recommend starting out with 38s until your comfortable and then step up to the 357s as they do have a bit more recoil.

Hey, what was the process like to buy a handgun in Chicago?

NGIB 02-07-2011 08:40 PM

The GP100 is a fine revolver and built like a tank so you're safe to shoot any .357 Magnum or .38 Special loads you desire. It's a fairly heavy gun so recoil when using lighter .38 Special loads will be mild. Using full-power .357 Magnum loads the recoil is going to be quite substantial. Most of us practice with .38s as it's cheaper and less punishing.

If you have not taken any formal handgun training - I would highly suggest doing so. There's a lot more to using a handgun in a defensive situation than buying a gun, a box of shells, and putting it in the dresser. Without considerable practice, you'll not have the skills you will need should a situation arise. As far as where to buy ammo in Chicago - I have no idea. I'm pretty sure most online sources don't sell in areas with restrictions...

orangello 02-07-2011 09:31 PM

My GP100, 6" doesn't seem to mind the .357 mags, and doesn't have that much recoil for me. I started with some remington .38special rounds from WallyWorld to get me used to the grip, might try that for the lil lady. I am not aware of a "break in" procedure on the GP100.

Sashebby 02-07-2011 09:42 PM

Thank You All
Thanks All,
As far as purchasing the GP 100 in Chicago, I acutally live in the western suburbs. I had to fill out a form; provide my F. O. I. D. card and driver's license; and now wait 72 hours to pick up the gun. Does anyone know about Ruger's warranty? The people at Gander Mountain said they have "no written warranty." However, I have read on-line that Rugers have life-time warranty. I already e-mailed Ruger's customer service to see what they say. Thank you for the suggestions on the gun - I sure welcome any inputs..............Sashebby

NGIB 02-07-2011 09:56 PM

Ruger's unwritten warranty is true - but it's doubtful you'll ever need their services...

freefall 02-08-2011 02:38 AM

I bought a used (20 yrs old at least) Security Six for $175. I got it home and test fired it, it wouldn't reliably set them off double action because someone had shortened the mainspring (I checked against my other one). I wrote Ruger and asked them to send me a spring, explaining the circumstances, offering to pay for it and shipping. They sent me a spring and retaining clip, pinned on the strut and refused payment. Ruger's OK.

winds-of-change 02-08-2011 02:45 AM

I have a Ruger GP100 6" barrel and I like it a lot. My son lives in Aurora right near Sugar Grove. I'm in Genoa. WELCOME!

You are practically my neighbor. Let me know where you go shooting. The options are limited around here, it seems.

Clem 02-08-2011 09:23 AM

I like to shoot jacketed ammo through a new gun. The bores of new barrels tend to be slightly rough, particularly stainless. Jacketed ammo tends to smooth the slight roughness and burnish the bore. After a few hundred rounds, the bore is usually smooth enough to shoot lead ammo with minimal leading.

dantfitz 02-08-2011 12:26 PM

I have a blued GP100 4 inch, great gun. Not really a carry gun for me, I find it to heavy as I have lighter ones. I highly recomend a bore snake, gives you a quick cleaning of the cylinder and the barrel after shooting. You can follow up later with a proper cleaning, which will now go quicker.

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