This is a discussion on Ruger GP-100 in .44 Special within the Handguns forums, part of the Gun Forum category; Bought my GP 44 yesterday off of GB for $639.95. I should see it about this time next week. I'll post a range report when ...
My very first IpSC match was shot with a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 Spl. Loaded with the "speedy strips". Had just as much fun with that gun in my first match, and I shot it just as accurately, as I did decades later shooting a much more expensive full house custom .45 ACP govt... I just shot much much faster with the auto.
I always felt comfortable in bear country with that .44 SPL stuffed with my own HOT 240 gr reloads. Eventually sold it to a homesteader living up in Northern BC, matched with a .44 Mag lever action rifle.
While I have owned several .44 Manglem revolvers, several more .357 Mags, and about a dozen in .45 ACP, .44 Spl remains my favorite revolver load ( or .44 Mag loaded light). Over the years, I shot IpSC with various revolvers, and found the .44 LIGHT MAG loads ( or .44 Spl eqivalent), with 180 gr bullet at 1000 fps, gave me the best balance of speed vs power.
A five shot .44 Spl Ruger sounds like it would be the perfect choice for sensible people looking for a hunting/ carry revolver.
Well my GP-100 44 Special showed up Today. It feels good in the Hand, and balances nice with the 3" barrel. If I had to complain about something it would be the Forcing Cone thickness. There seems to be enough Meat on the Frame,to have made the barrel Shank&Forcing Cone a little heavier. This design would have made a great Platform for a GP-100 in .41mag. I'm going to give it a good shakedown Tuesday when I visit the Range.
There is nothing wrong with that pistol, if I where spending the money I would want it to shoot 44 mag also. Ruger introduced the 327 in the LCR this year but it is double action only from what I have read. In my humble opinion a revolver that doesn't have single action capability is not for me. That being said I do own 1 J frame 38 that I bought for my mother, she has since passed. I will keep it forever.