home defense with ruger gp100

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by cmorrow781, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. cmorrow781

    cmorrow781 New Member

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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
     
  2. britishbulldog

    britishbulldog New Member

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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!!
     

  3. britishbulldog

    britishbulldog New Member

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    Edit...meant gp100 not 500
     
  4. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    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...
     
  5. regload

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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.
     
  6. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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

    orangello New Member

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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.
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  9. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Hey cmorrow ....can I adopt your dad???? PLEASE I could really use another Ruger :D
     
  10. Buskowski

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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.
     
  11. cmorrow781

    cmorrow781 New Member

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    Thanks for all the input. Much appreciated.
     
  12. cmorrow781

    cmorrow781 New Member

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    The squishy rubber grip. thanks for input.
     
  13. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    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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  14. Steelersfan

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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.
     
  15. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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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.
     
  16. Firenailer

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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.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    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!

    They are called Hogue grips.
     
  18. JonM

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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
     
  19. bbertram

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    Me, too! Bedside table gun. :)
     
  20. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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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.