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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2012, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Finally made a decision...

After a couple of months seeking opinions and doing some research I finally put the rubber to the road and went to do some serious shopping. To make a long story short Erie Sports Store had a Ruger GP100 .357 in both 4" and 6". As soon as I picked up the 4" I was in love. I had it put on hold while I went down to the gander mountain. After one of the worst cases of customer service I've ever experienced there and a selection that was limited to put it politely I ended back up at Erie Sports Store, purchasing the little wonder. I was out the door for $556 with a box of ammo and cheapo holster. I was like a kid in a toy shop to be quite honest :-D

Shot it today with some .38's, and it is MARVELOUS!! Only issue was removing spent brass from the one chamber. Loaded it would come out, but spent it stuck. Wondering if maybe it's an issue with the brass or possibly being that it's new and not broke in? Anyone have any insight?

Anyone have any suggestions for a good holster?

Just wanted to thank everyone for their input as well. I certainly do appreciate it!!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 10:17 AM
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Check that chamber for roughness or tooling marks in the wall.

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I have a 6" GP100, and never had an issue. I would make sure it's clean. A new gun can have lot's of grease on it. Also tiny bits of metal filings. Clean it well.

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I agree with HighCountry and hunt/fish. I bought a GP100 ten years ago and never had a problem with it. Are the 38s you were shooting factory or handloads? That would be the only thing I could add that they were handloads that the bullets were seated too deep which expand the case.
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Well if you mean stuck as in it wouldn't come out using the ejector or was difficult to pull out, then that's not normal. If you mean stuck like the ejector pushed the fired case out but it didn't just drop out of the cyclinder, then that's normal, the expansion of the case will often not make them drop out (or one or two of them) when pushed by the ejector unless you give it a fast vigorous push with the cyclinder and gun vertical to get gravity to help.
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Sticking in a cylinder can be remedied many ways, but the two most likely culprits are easy fixes:

1. Oil in the chamber. Fix: Clean, then run dry patches through.

2. Rough tool marks in the chamber (being a Ruger, this wouldn't be a surprise). Fix: Polish it up. Flex Hone works great; start with 400 grit, then follow up with 800.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I cleaned it really well the other night, including several wet and dry patches and a bristle brush. I found a rough spot at the rear edge of the chamber, just under the ejector. Took the brush through there a couple times, and it seems to be ejecting better. Shot a box of 38 +P through it yesterday, and the problem seemed about 50% better. I'm going to keep an eye on it. I'll keep you guys updated.

While we're sorta on the subject, does Ruger have any set-in-stone warranty? I read something about them not wanting to have to provide a written warranty, but I haven't been able to find anything else.

Thanks for all the help!!

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Late Congrats Enjoy!

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I have had a GP100 for about 10 years and it is a very nice gun. I'm actually going to be selling it soon to get a smaller, compact carry gun, but I was certainly satisfied with this gun. Also, it seems as though their retail value has gone up considerably since I got mine. I believe I paid under 400 the wood plated stock, stainless barrel in 4". Enjoy your new toy.


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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!

Anyone have suggestions for some good loads for hunting and self-defense out of this piece? (not looking for one load...just suggestions for both.)
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