Ruger SP101 4" in .357?

Ruger SP101 4" in .357?

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    Ruger SP101 4" in .357?

    I can't seem to find one of these, and Ruger doesn't list one on their website. My uncle has one and I've shot it myself.. Did Ruger ever make one?

    If they no longer sell it, is it safe to put a .357 wheel on a .38 SP101? The .38 is still sold in 4" variety.


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    I know that they have 3" versions. That is the longest barrel on that model that I have ever seen.

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    I also have never seen a 4" 101 - and am thinking GP-100 for 4" and up.

    I reckon a .357 cylinder is gonna be 1/10" or so longer and so in a .38 frame .. not sure it'd go.
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    Hmm, maybe it was a 3" with decieving looks? I swear it was a 4" and I know it was an SP101... I'll have to ask I suppose. Now that I look, I noticed the .38 isn't offered in 4" on their website either. I've seen a few 4" SP101s in .38 and .357 on gunbroker.com every now and then though they could be falsely advertised.

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    They may have made the SP in a 4" early on. They used to make one in 9mm too but I don't believe they offer it in 9mm anymore so there may be some 4" ones out there.

    If I were buying a 4" barrel, I'd step up to a six shot cylinder instead of a 5 shot.

    I've got a .38 spl SP and a .357 SP in the 2 1/4" snubbies. They are very low profile and lightning fast to get into action. I love the factory grips on the SP-101's too.

    I'm thinking of getting some CT laser grips for the wife's SP-101 .38 spl. I've heard some good remarks about them in the forums here.
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    I have a .357 SP101 with the 2.25" barrel and love it, hence wanting the 4" version. My uncle's was VERY accurate, probably the most accurate handgun I've ever fired (not saying much, but hey! it was VERY accurate!)

    It handled PERFECT for me as well, and well.. I just want one! lol

    But on the note of the 6 shot, I have in fact been looking at the GP100 with the 6" barrel. I want one more or less for a really fun plinker/show off deal/cannon that stays on standby. The more I look at that model, the more I like it. I just really love how slim the SP101 is.. but with a 6" barrel on the GP100, I wouldn't dare try to carry it.. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan H View Post
    I have a .357 SP101 with the 2.25" barrel and love it, hence wanting the 4" version. My uncle's was VERY accurate, probably the most accurate handgun I've ever fired (not saying much, but hey! it was VERY accurate!)

    It handled PERFECT for me as well, and well.. I just want one! lol

    But on the note of the 6 shot, I have in fact been looking at the GP100 with the 6" barrel. I want one more or less for a really fun plinker/show off deal/cannon that stays on standby. The more I look at that model, the more I like it. I just really love how slim the SP101 is.. but with a 6" barrel on the GP100, I wouldn't dare try to carry it.. lol
    Ryan, The GP-100 is a nice gun! I got a good deal on a used Stainless Ruger "Speed-Six" .357 with a 3" barrel and Hogue combat grips. I can say that I carry it frequently in a Belly Band type holster worn high on the chest with gun tucked under my armpit. It is very comfortable and just as invisible as my 5 shot SP-101.

    The GP-100 is Rugers updated improvement over their older Speed Six/Security Six series of pistols. I find the difference in concealing my six shot "Speed Six" model over the five shot "SP-101" model to be negligable if you stay with a 3" barrel or less. The determining factor being the barrel length.

    I feel a GP-100 with a 3" barrel would be a primo gun. The 4" & 6" barrel versions would be where you would get into some problem with ease of concealment. Just my opinion on what I have found with my guns.
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    Bark'n,

    Thanks for the info. I may consider getting a 4" version instead of the 6" if there is a possibility of carrying it, but I mainly just want one for fun. :) I suppose if I were gung-ho, I could carry a 6" in the winter time under a jacket, but thats a bit too much gun to try and free from a holster and bring to point of aim.. lol

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    Ryan... gotta love that 6" Point of aim hell.... with most gunfights you'd be at Contact Distance... Can't miss with that!

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    I guess I'm with the majority, I've never seen a 4" SP101. I have the 2.25 version and love it. I am also in the market, one of these days, for a GP 100 with the 3" barrel and fixed sights. They are nice guns.
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    I shopped long and hard debating between the SP101 3” and the GP100 4” (bought and AR instead…go figure). During the LONG time of research and shopping on Gunbroker, Guns America and a variety of websites I never saw a 4” SP101. Sounds interesting.

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    Ruger SP101

    I own a 3" in .357.
    It kicks like a mule. With the full house loads.
    Great little gun thou.

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