What .357 Magnum SD rounds for a SP101?

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    What .357 Magnum SD rounds for a SP101?

    I put a Ruger SP101 .357 (2.25" barrel) on layaway yesterday, but I have no clue with what ammo to put in it as this will be my first revolver. Any suggestions would be helpful!

    As a side note I'd also like to know whether these have any problem fitting into the cylinder with these Hogue grips equipped?

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    PMC Starfire loads are nice. More options to come!

    Those speed loaders look intresting.

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    Cool

    I use either Remington Golden Sabers or Speer Gold Dots in my SP but there are a lot of quality factory loads out there.

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    Whatever grips you decide on make sure that whatever speed loaders you buy will work with them. I use HKS speedloaders with the Pachmayer compact grips.
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    I must also admit that my .357mag 4inch isn't for conceal carry. Mine is worn OWB when at home or working/walking the land. So I really don't load mine for two legged critters...since I have more of a chance running into the four legged type.

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    Remington Golden Saber 125Gr JHP is my preference for all my snubs.

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    I load my sp101 3" with remington golden sabres. Waterproof primer,good ballistics, readily available, and shoots where I aim it.
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    First get a few boxes of .38s and get accustomed to the gun. Then start a selection process using various loads from .38s, (+P) and .357 loads until you find what is best for you relative to shootability and power. There is a wide choice from .38s to BB heavy .357 loads available.
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    Here's another vote for the Buffalo Bore 38 Special +P 158 Grain Lead Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point Gas Check. Sure, you can carry .357 but this cartridge is pretty hard to beat. It provides nearly as much power and I find it 'slightly' easier to control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    Remington Golden Saber 125Gr JHP is my preference for all my snubs.
    Same here......for my .357mag snubs though.
    My .38 snubs get Gold Dot SB's.
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    If you choose 125 grains, go full strength, if you choose 158 grains go with something around 1000 fps. Actually the suggestions for the 38 spl +p loads are good advice. If you go that route, 158 grain SWC style bullets will do about as good as anything without the punishment of the 357 mags.

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    My LGS stocks the Golden Saber for pretty much every caliber so I'll try some of that out in .357, my dad also has some Remington 125gr .38 Special +P SJHP that I can try out and see how I like them.

    I might try some of the Buffalo Bore when I have some more disposable cash as it looks pretty good. When I do decide on it should I get the normal kind or the high velocity flavor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleipnir View Post
    My LGS stocks the Golden Saber for pretty much every caliber so I'll try some of that out in .357, my dad also has some Remington 125gr .38 Special +P SJHP that I can try out and see how I like them.

    I might try some of the Buffalo Bore when I have some more disposable cash as it looks pretty good. When I do decide on it should I get the normal kind or the high velocity flavor?
    The Buffalo Bore 38 Special +P 158 is currently the most powerful factory cartridge there is in .38+P as mentioned above.

    However, I certainly wouldn’t start out with it. Perhaps a softer touch but with the same weight will be good for range work. Consider this: Winchester Super-X Ammunition 38 Special 158 Grain Lead Semi-Wadcutter Box of 50 count. Another option would be: DoubleTap 38 Special+P 158gr. SWC Hardcast 50rds.
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    I carry .357 Magnum Gold Dot 158 grain JHPs in my SP101.
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    I carry Golden Saber 125g .357 mag loads in my 640. They shoot well and aren't too punishing to shoot. In a small gun, stay away from the .357 hunting loads unless you really like punishment - darn things kill on one end and wound on the other. :)
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    The SP 101 is a very strong revolver. If you are an experienced shooter feel free to carry whatever you like in 357. I find the Buffalo Bore 158 Gr. LSWCHP 38+P to be an excellent load for small framed revolvers. The Cor Box 357 DPX is right beside it in ballistic terms.

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