Compare GP100 Taurus Raging Bull

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by wittmeba, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    My next gun will likely be a revolver. Im looking at the GP100 and Taurus Raging Bull or equals of either one. I love the vent rib on pistols and any other gun.

    Can anyone offer an unbiased assessment of the two?

    Id really like to find something in a 9MM but these are not good examples. Id like something that is not intimidating to shoot for mama and easy to manage.
     
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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have shot the Ruger GP100 and it's one fine pistol. one that i hope to own in the short future is possible. this one will be the one i plan on owning to replace my lacking of a revolver in 357 Mag. that i have had for several years now.

    i haven't shot the Taurus Raging Bull, but do own the Taurus Tracker 44 Mag. and as much as i like it, (and i do like it alot!) i would probably choose the Ruger over the Taurus. the Taurus is a good pistol, but IMO, i think the Ruger is a better pistol.

    these are just my opinions and hope they help you in your decision.

    unless you can find a good deal on a Smith & Wesson revolver!:D
     

  3. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    Thanks for your reply. I have held both but not fired either. Just looking for any issues with one or the other. I dont want another semi-auto as the S&W .40 I currently have. Nothing wrong with it at all - I love it, but want a revolver. I wanted a Colt Python back in the late 1960's but never got one...got drafted instead...but proud to serve. :)

    Is there any other revolver I should be considering that I might have missed?
     
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  4. aandabooks

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    S&W 686, 66, 19, 27, 28. Ruger SP101 for a smaller frame. Ruger Blackhawk if you want to think about SA only.
     
  5. Overkill0084

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    Of the two you list, Ruger every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.
    Taurus has developed an unfortunate reputation for spotty quality control along with spotty customer service. Most people are willing roll the dice on one or the other, but both is asking a bit much.
    It's sad too because Taurus has several revolvers I think are really cool. I have bought one Taurus (85UL) already. I wish I'd simply spent more for a S&W. While functional, the workmanship left me unimpressed.

    Oddball option: Hunt down an old Dan Wesson 15-2. Built like tanks, interchangeable barrels, as accurate a revolver as you will ever find. Vented barrel shrouds are out there even if the one you end up with doesn't have at time of purchase. Best part? They are still a decent value...for now.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i forgot about the Dan Wesson revolvers. yes a very good option. very well made and very accurate revolvers. i love shooting my fathers DW.
     
  7. magnumman

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    Dan wessons seem to be getting hard to find ( at least where I am). I was in a shop a couple of years back and he had a half dozen or so. I regret buying one to this day. They are really nice, high quality guns.
     
  8. DrumJunkie

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    The Raging Bull looks to be a pretty cool revo. . I've not owned one but have shot a couple.They grouped well nad where manageable to control. I have owned a GP 100 and shot several others. I did my best to abuse it and failed. That thing is just a tank! They group very well Out of the two choices I'd have to go with the Ruger. I will say I have yet to hear of the Taurus Raging Bull falling out of time as some less expensive 357s will do using a steady diet of full house loads... So that is a plus. I actually want one of the Raging 30's. I really like the idea of a 30 carbine round in a revolver.

    If you use 38 spl in your 357 you get a much lighter load that easy to handle by newer shooters or say..A wife that might get a little rattled. My wife shoots 38spl out of her K frame most all the time.
     
  9. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    Thanks for all the input. It is kinda what I wanted to hear. Yes, Im leaning toward the Ruger.

    Question: Can any of the .357 Mag also shoot .38 specials? My recollection is the .38 special is typically slightly lighter load than 9MM.

    Id love to have a Colt Python but a fixed income says 'no go'.
     
  10. John_Deer

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    I am a Ruger fanboy. Every gun I have ever owned that was made by Ruger did exactly as advertised. Yes, you can shoot 38 spl ammo in a 357 pistol. You need to brush out the cylinders often when shooting 38 spl ammo. 38 spl ammo will leave a ring in the cylinder that will make loading 357 ammo difficult.

    Once you get a 357 you will find 357 ammo for the same price as 38 spl ammo. You might not shoot as much 38 spl ammo as you might expect, unless you are sensitive to recoil.
     
  11. DrumJunkie

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    You can shoot 38 spl in a 357 I'm not sure on the ballistics off hand because I'm old and feeble minded.:eek: Like I said earlier my wife uses 38 spl rounds in her K frame mdl. 19 357 mag. Even the defense rounds she likes best are 38 spl. She will use full house loads some but mainly likes the 357 because if it's ability to use more than one kind of ammo.:)

    The sire ballistics101.com has that info if you care to check it out.
     
  12. JW357

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    Between the two, I like Ruger more. However, if price is a concern, I have heard Taurus is hit or miss for their revolvers. Bear in mind, if yours is a "miss," they have a lifetime warranty. So keep sending it back until they get it right.

    But yes, I personally prefer the Ruger.

    My favorites are definitely S&W, though. So if you find a good used one in your price range, my recommendation is to snag it up.

    Yes, you can shoot any .38 Special load out of a wheel gun chambered in .357 Magnum. The opposite is not true.

    When shooting my .38 Special reloads out of my S&W model 66, it recoils less than my 9mm reloads out of my M&P9c, or even my wife's full sized M&P9. The fairly substantial weight of the gun really tames the recoil down. The rubber Pachmayer grips help a lot too. Just food for thought.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

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    Got a Mod 28-2 for 350 a couple years ago. Got a Mod 19-3 for 350 last year. Oh yeah I do love a S&W revo.:D
     
  14. JW357

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    Those are awesome prices. My 66-2 was about $450. I was, and still am, pleased with that price.
     
  15. ursamajor

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    The GP100. I had the pre runner to the RB in a Rossi (Taurus adopted the Rossi teck when they bought them) that had the comp, and bull barrel. I also have a GP100, and I gotta go with the Ruger. Great gun, and to close in price to the Taurus to justify not buying it.
     
  16. jonesdd10862

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    I have owned both guns and would highly recommend the GP-100 over the Raging Bull. The answer is simple. The Raging Bull has 2 Cylinder locks, which makes reloads hard to manage. I had one of my Accidental Discharge events trying to unlock the cylinder of my Raging Bull. This is not a beginner gun. The double latch is really meant for true Magnumizers, people who have to hand load to Maximium Pressures. The Tracker on the other hand is a great gun. It is as simple to use as any Smith & Wesson copy. It is the ventilated rib version of the original 686. I like them. Never had a quality issues with any of my Taurus guns. Revolvers or Semi-Autos. So if you looking for a gun to handle both 38's and 357's You won't go wrong with either the Tracker or the GP-100. Both have great neoprene grips, which I swear by over the old big Walnut Stocks.
     
  17. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Geeze, what's with all the people who have been around or years and literally never posted until this thread......
     
  18. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    Gp100 no questions asked. After shooting ruger and s&w revolvers my whole life never once have I picked up a taurus hand gun and been like "dam this is nice, I gotta get me one"
     
  19. magnumman

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    I would agree that the gp100 is probably the better choice of the 2, but there are some really good Taurus revolvers out there (I can't speak for the raging bull). My 669 is a nail driver and never had a single problem. Also one of the smoothest da triggers I have pulled. IMO it is a good looking piece too. I wouldn't trade it for a gp.

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  20. JW357

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    The thing I like most about Taurus revolvers is they seem to be S&W clones, most of the time.

    Seriously a beautiful gun, at least in that picture, Magnumman!