Went to the LGS today...and this followed me home

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    Went to the LGS today...and this followed me home

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    I was looking for a HD option for the wife in case she absolutely needed it (she is not a gun person at all). I figured a revolver was the best option and was down between this Ruger SP101 and a Smith model 60...the Smith was a little cost prohibitive.

    Any thoughts on a good .357 personal defense round and a good .38 spl personal defense round (in case I can get the wife to shoot this thing)? I picked up a box of Remington Golden Sabers in .357 but am open to suggestions if you guys know of anything better.

    Also, does anyone have any recommendations for a good IWB lefty holster?
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    Great gun, my wife loves her revolver 642. If you get her a good action job and polish the trigger face it will help her be much more comfortable shooting it. For cc I like the milt sparks summer special for my sp, buffalo bore low flash low smoke 38 sp works very well for my wife

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    .357 nothing beats the 125 gr sjhp for two legged varmints. 38 right now using Hornady Critical defense 110gr ftx +p or 158 gr non +p
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    Very nice.

    I have Hydrashoks for my .357.

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    Congrtats, you just bought a 'tank' of a revolver...I love mine.
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    VERY nice! Congratulations!!!

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    Excellent choice. Speer Gold Dot 158gr in either the .357 Magnum or .38 Special flavors is an especially good choice of what to feed that beast.
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    Excellent short barrel Ruger...the Golden Sabers will work just fine.

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    Congrats! man that is one bad revolver.
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    I would start her out on the lightest 38sp loads I could find, think cowboy shooting loads.

    Move her up as her pace.

    As far as HD, If she will shoot the SP101 with out fear of the SP101 then even with very light loads it would be better than her being afraid to pick it up because of recoil of 357mags you tried persuade her was the most effective.

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    Sweet looking revolver, love it! Congrats.
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    Congrats, nice Ruger!

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    Good looking revolver I enjoy mine. If your wife's uncomfortable with .357's on an outdoor range as mine was. I think inside an enclosed room .38 special would be a better choice.

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    I would suggest you first let her shoot wad cutters with less recoil and then move up to .38 +P and then .357. My wife loves her LCR but not with +P loads. I have a SP101 but in .327, great gun but it is hard to beat a Model 60. My EDC for just over 20 years was a 1966 Model 60 that was left to me by my father, he also carried it for about 20 years. After 40 years of use it looked and fired like new.
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    Without knowing your wife's comfort level with full-house .357 Magnum loads, my initial recommendation is to go with .38 Specials in +P flavor. I'm fond of the so-called 'FBI load', which is a 158 grain lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoint. This is a load that has a documented good record on the street for over 20 years. I chrono'd he Federal version at 979 and 950 ft/sec out of a 6" Security Six and a 4" S&W 64 recently, which extrapolates to around 900 ft/sec in a 2" snub. That's a respectable energy level on the receiving end, without the stout recoil (and muzzle flash) of a .357. The 158 grain bullet is a decent penetrator, the SWC profile cuts tissue well, and even if the hollowpoint doesn't expand much you still have 158 grains doing damage in the target. Have your wife give it a try.
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