Ruger GP100 4, 5 or 6 inch barrel?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by steadyshot, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    Thinking about a Ruger GP100 357 magnum. I have a choice of barrel lengths, 4, 5 or 6 inches.

    Anyone own one that has any thoughts on the subject?

    This will be a fun gun, something to enjoy on the farm and at the range.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Getting the Wiley clapp?
    If you're not looking to conceal it I'd go for the 6"
     

  3. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    If you are going to use it for hunting I'd go with the 6. You'll get max velocity and power that way.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I agree with MM13. I have a 6" barrel GP 100. It's a great gun. But it would be difficult to conceal.

    What's the difference between a regular GP 100 and the Wiley Clapp?
     
  5. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    I was thinking about the Davidson's, Ruger GP100 with a 5 inch heavy barrel
     
  6. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    Not for hunting, just a home and range gun.
     
  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I would say 6" barrel, then.
     
  8. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Yeah but that 6" would look sweet next to the 4" on the shelf.
    I think he needs at least two.
     
  9. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    I own GP100's in 3,4 and (used to) 6 inch

    The 6 inch had a nice classic look but the accuracy and performance of the 4 inch ( really 4.25 inch) barrel model was such I didnt see a need for the 6 inch.

    To me it just ads bulk and weight.

    Even in open carry I would prefer the 4 inch.

    if you have a collection of several GP100's I see no harm in adding a 6 inch just for completeness sake, but if it is to be your only one, a 4 inch seems to be the way to go.
     
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  10. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    +1 on the 4" but I just prefer the look of shorter bbls on revolvers. Well, 4" or shorter anyway.
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Personally, I like the look of the shorter barrels, too, but for functionality, you can't beat the longer barrels.
     
  12. mdauben

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    The WC is based on the 3 inch GP100. It's been made in both SS and blued versions. The obvious differences are a set of combat sights and a custom wood insert in the grips, with "fingerprint" checkering. Some people claim the action is smoother than the stock GP100 but I'm not sure if that's true or just wishful thinking. ;)

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  13. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    madauben: IN addition to the above:

    The action has been polished and the corners have a"melted off" look to remove excess metal and thereby weight and make it easier /smoother to pull out of a holster.

    :)
     
  14. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    That is a sexy revolver
     
  15. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    There is one of those at my LGS in SS. He wants $700+ for it. I don't know if it is worth the extra price compared to the regular models.
     
  16. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    $700+ is about the going rate for those. if I dindt already own a number of GP100's I would mdefinetly buy a WC.

    Still might..
    Here are some of my GP100 pics for your viewing pleasure
     

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  17. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    And also: Royal Phoenix Edition GP100 , one of only 589 made................
     

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  18. LastRound

    LastRound New Member

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    I prefer the 4" barrel. I believe it to be the best compromise.


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    Last edited: Sep 12, 2013
  19. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Nice Security-Six! I have a ss 2 3/4". Had a blue 2 3/4" as my first carry back in the 1980s. Never should have sold it.
    I like the GPS, but I'll stick with the Security's. I'd like to have one of each barrel length.
     
  20. LastRound

    LastRound New Member

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    Thanks boatme98.
    This GP was not my original purchase. Ruger recently sent me this as a replacement to a defective one I bought 2 months ago. Here is is my original purchase (next to my Speed Six), but since it was defective and came from a special run they could not replace it with the same model :(. I'm with you on the Security Six design. That is why I purchased this half lug GP originally.

    The GP has a bigger frame and cylinder more like the L-frame Smith where the Security Six is more like the k-frame.

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