Just got my wife's Christmas present GP100

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by melch79, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. melch79

    melch79 New Member

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    So today I picked up my wife's Christmas present (as the topic says). Its a 4" Ruger GP 100. She hated shooting my Glock and tried a guys revolver one day and fell in love ( with the revolver not the guy), Our next "Date Night" aka range session, she shot the gamut of revolvers that were for rent and she decided on the Ruger GP100 4". I am looking online at ammo, and I am wondering if you can shoot wad cutter or semi wad cutter ( lead projectile) in this gun, as this is our or should I say her first revolver I have no idea if this stuff is alright to shoot out of a revolver or not. I know my glock specifically says no lead, but I am wondering if that is just a glock thing or what. Thanks for the help, and I will post up some range pics as soon as we go out and shoot.

    Oh by the way, If anyone is in the Southern Arizona area ie. Tucson, Sierra Vista, check out Chosin Firearms. I chatted with the owner for over an hour while I was in Little Rock Ar about our time spent overseas, telling war stories, general bs. His name is Dean and he is an Old Retired Marine, and he is a top notch guy. Gave me the gun and two CCP classes for 620 out the door, I cant be happier with that place. If you are in this area it is definitely worth checking out.
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It is my understanding that the lead prohibition is a "glock thing". I shot some semijacketed hollowpoints and softpoints (.357) out of my 6" GP100 this weekend and it seemed just fine with it. They make cleaners that you can use with the brass brushes to clean the lead out of your barrel.

    I generally use the copper jacketed winchester .38 special ammo with the flat nose for plinking; it is pretty cheap at wallyworld.
     

  3. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Should not be a problem. My SP does not like the 147 grn wadcutters but does well with 158 grn semi wadcutters. Used them in the 19 when I had that. Keep the velocity down around 800-900fps. You might also look at the copper clad form Berry or Rainier. Load the copper clad same as lead as they are not really jacketed bullets. I just picked up some Berry's 125 and 158 grn FP 357 copper clad for light loads.
     
  4. fupuk

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    Same here i shoot winchester fmj out of my gp100 but theres no reason why you couldnt shoot lead bullets. Just make sure you get lead cleaner for your gun and you will be fine. I use a copper cleaner for mine because of the jacketed ammo i shoot. And around me winchester ammo is available everyday and im accurate with it ao thats what i shoot. And ive had my revolver for about two months. This is 10 yards with no rest about a week ago.
     

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  5. rugernut

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    I have shot over 250 rounds of lead bullets threw my 6" gp100 and no problem and still as acurit as I am
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I mostly shoot jacketed ammo out of my GP100 as it seems cleaner but I have shot most anything out of my GP100 and I haven't had a problem. I have shot wad cutters and semi-wad cutters out of it. They are one tough revolver.

    Do we get pictures?
     
  7. melch79

    melch79 New Member

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    Winds of Change Yes you will get pictures,
    I appreciate the help, I am thinking about getting either the BVAC 500 pack or a Canned Heat off of G-A.com. We have "good rounds" for home defense or whatever, but I need ammo that is not a wallet killer when we want to go and shoot.
    Thanks Everyone
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Well, I find most ammo I shoot out of my GP100 is a wallet killer. :( My second gun is a Mark II that I have a lot of shooting fun with. :)
     
  9. tiberius10721

    tiberius10721 New Member

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    If you reload for your gp 100 shooting it can be pretty cheap. 38 special ammo is very easy to reload. I average about 5 dollars for every 50 rounds. I shoot at an indoor range where they let me pick up all the pistol brass i want.:D
     
  10. Deigoboy

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    Check out cheaperthandirt.com. They have every bullet out there, and they're very reasonable. And did I mention they deliver right to your doorstep! Nice gun choice, can't go wrong with a Ruger, your wife's gonna love it for years to come
     
  11. JTJ

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    Are you casting your own bullets or do you have a great buy? Berry's or Rainier plated bullets are about 12 cents ea shipped. Hard cast lead about 10 cents each shipped. Primers about 3.5 cents bought local because of hazmat costs. Powder 2-3 cents also local. Using 158 grn plated bullets it runs me about 18 cents a round not counting brass as I have a lot. I will be hitting a gun show at the end of the month looking for bullets.
     
  12. melch79

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    This morning I pulled the trigger (hahaha) and bought a box of 500 158 Gr. Lead round nose flat points for $110 and 3 boxes of 100 each of 45 ACP 230 Gr. FMJs for $34.50 each totaling $103.50 from georgia-arms.com. When I entered my address it told me that shipping was going to be $22 for standard shipping here in Arizona, bringing my grand total to 235.50. But about 2 hours later I received an email from their customer service telling me that they made a mistake and shipping was going to be $40, so that makes my new total $253.50, which is not to bad still, but it is definitely took away from the great deal I thought I was getting. Either way I am pretty stoked about it. And I cant wait till I can take my wife to the range.

    While I was home for lunch today my wife asked me if there was anything else I would like for Christmas and I told her a AR lower receiver. She told me that she made a trip out to Chosin Firearms yesterday before I got off work and she bought one for me. I am a little bummed out that she told me and ruined surprise for Christmas, but I am still super excited that I get to build a AR now. I will start building it probably after we get our tax return.

    We finished decorating our Christmas tree last night, and my daughter put every single ornament and candy cane as well as the star on the tree. She is so proud of her tree. I think this is going to be a great Christmas, and I hope everyone on here has a Merry Christmas as well. Thank you guys for your help, I really appreciate it.
     
  13. orangello

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    I find myself wondering if one could build a .357 AR; might be tough with the rimmed cartridges. That would be some scariness right there.
     
  14. melch79

    melch79 New Member

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    Yea it would, a monster that is for sure. I recently saw a 357 mag 1911, but a 357 AR would be really cool.
     
  15. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    I also bought 1500 rounds from georgia arms and there not as hot as factory load but they are very accurate loads. I bought the canned heat .38s and i got 500 rounds of .357s. But ive only shot around 400 rounds of there product. But its a good buy.
     
  16. melch79

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    That is great news, I have read a lot of mixed reviews on their stuff, so it is nice to hear a FTF member actually vouch for their stuff. I am really hoping that the stuff I bought turns out to be pretty good. But you sure cant beat their prices.
     
  17. fupuk

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    The only problem ive had is that one of the cases was dented and wouldnt feed into the cylinder. But its shipped loose in a ammo can so it could have been from shipping. Either way its a good deal on ammo. My next purchase is gonna be some 9mm from georgia arms to see how that feeds into my oldladys glock..
     
  18. rugernut

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    Ya! That would be sweet! It would predict for home defense
     
  19. JTJ

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    357 Sig should take care of the rim problem.
     
  20. Vikingdad

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    I shoot cast lead reloads in my GP100 all the time. The only time I had any leading problems was when I shot a few hundred reloads from a friend who had passed away.

    You can shoot lead in your Glock if you replace the barrel with one that can handle it. The stock Glock rifling is not compatible with lead as I understand it. I'm not speaking from experience just what I have read on the Glock forum. I only shoot jacketed in my bone stock Glock.