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stout 38 +P's or soft 357 for sp101

This is a discussion on stout 38 +P's or soft 357 for sp101 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I put some Hogue grips and nothing seemed to phase me when shooting 357. If I use a 357, these days, it's going to be ...

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    Senior Member Array CDRGlock's Avatar
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    I put some Hogue grips and nothing seemed to phase me when shooting 357. If I use a 357, these days, it's going to be loaded with 357s.

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    I was shooting my wife's SP101 yesterday and the 38's where easy to manage.From 38's to 38+p was a big jump in recoil.From 38+p to 357 magnum was not bad.
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    My SP-101 stays loaded with the hottest 125gr. JHPs I have on hand. Right now, it's Remington SJHP. 101s are heavy enough, and the grips are well-enough designed, full-power magnums are not bad at all. I save my .38 ammo for revolvers with chambers too short for .357.

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    I dunno, I have shot a wide variety of rounds through my SP101 (prior to selling it), and I found that subjectively heavier bullets kick more to me. *shrug*

    A 158-gr. LSWC .38 Special +P felt like it kicked more to me than a 125-gr. .357 magnum.
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    If you are in a self-defense situation ......
    1) you will never notice the recoil of a .357, but be glad you have it.
    2) you will never actually even hear it.

    I have not shot an SP101, but I have a 7 shot - 2 1/2" barrel .357.... and a 5-shot - 2" barrel .357.
    The 7 shot has a kick & puts out a flash that would light up the night. I changed the grips ..... and now, it has no more felt recoil than a .38. Grips are everything.

    Out of a 3-4" barrel..... with good grips, I don't think you'll notice much difference from the .38+p to .357. I can tell you that a 4" .357 GP100, has a LOT LOT less recoil than a PF9.

    Get the .357 , and shoot whatever works the best for you. If you want to change ammo / caliber, then you can. Also the .357 will have better resale value than a .38.
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