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Hello everyone,
    I've had the chance to shoot my rebarreled GP-100 at last. Results were mostly good, with a couple of oddities. The first oddity is that the front sight is not quite straight any more - it's so close it's hard to be sure, but after two days at the range I'm positive it cants a little to the left. I'm guessing the barrel is screwed in just a smidge past center (it has a rib on top into which the sight dovetails) .
    The other weird thing is that the cylinder did not want to close or turn after I fired the fifth cylinder full and ejected the rounds. It was very stiff, and once I got it closed I could only draw the hammer back while twisting the cylinder with my other hand. I did some careful manipulation (um, I fiddled with it a while) and it eventually loosened back up so I continued shooting. I can only guess that a bit of debris bound up the innards temporarily.
    The good news is that the barrel didn't foul to speak of, either with cast bullets or jacketed. My groups were decent but not spectacular. I did fire 50 rounds at one target and ended up with a big ragged hole 3.5" across at 25 yds. I thought that was OK, but I didn't fire any 1" groups. Oh well, a fellow needs to have a goal.
        I read Dan's post about the Smith & Wesson service and I must admit to some jealousy! I paid the freight one way, waited six weeks, and got back a dinged up gun with the barrel screwed on crooked. I guess that's why the S&W costs twice as much!  Well, at least maybe I can get the rascal to shoot now.                 IDShooter
 

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I'm a Ruger person, through and through. I really believe you get excellent value with sound, innovative engineering principles when you buy Ruger. I am however, very emmbarest(i know i spelled that wrong, too lazy to go get Mr. Webster out&#33<!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo--> for Ruger & Co. when i hear these un-satisfactory repair services(mine included)horror stories.I think there service can at times be hit or miss.:(
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Hi again,
     Well shot the GP again today. I still couldn't get groups better than about 3 inches. After 100 rounds I had a little leading too. So I slugged the barrel. Since it's five groove I couldn't measure the slug but I did try it in the cylinder to compare it to the cylinder throats. The slug hung up in each cylinder but I was able to push it on through pretty easily, except for one cylinder which seemed just a bit tighter than the others. Do you suppose that the cylinders are enough larger than the barrel for decent cast bullet shooting?
     I loaded some more jacketed rounds to try next time out. The first time out they didn't do any better than the cast loads, but we'll try again.
       Also, I had several rounds misfire when shooting double action. Firing the same rounds a second time ignited them okay. Hard to believe the firing pin isn't hitting hard enough considering the 18lb DA trigger pull! Doesn't give me a real sense of security in a defense weapon. And yes, the primer pockets were clean and the primers were firmly seated by hand.
        The saga continues.....          IDShooter
 
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