Bought a Ruger SP101

Bought a Ruger SP101

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    Bought a Ruger SP101

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    Picked this one up the other day and plan to wring it out thoroughly before long. It's initial range trip indicated considerably better than expected results.

    Best.


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    There a good Gun cant wait to see your test results

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    Thumbs up Congratulations Stephen!

    Looking at your revolver reminds me of how much I really miss my old short barrel Ruger Stainless Police Service Six.
    That SP101 of yours seems like it would be such a perfect no~fuss low maintenance "Grab It & Go" firearm for carry.
    Really nice, wise choice.
    Ruger sure has "slicked up" the look of that firearm! Very Nice!
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    Ruger makes a damn fine revolver, I've got an old Security-Six .357 that I've put probably about 10,000+ rounds through (and it was already at least 10 years-old when I got it). It still works like a charm.

    Good looking hog-leg . Let us know how she works.
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    Steve - I just bought the same firearm. I look forward to your review.
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    Good move Steve - I can hardly imagine you will be other than delighted. Looks like the 3" which probably is best for accuracy and ''feel''.

    I went with the 2 1/4" for carry and even that has performed excellently for me. It is no longer daily carry but still gets its share of shootin' time

    I added CT's to this one and liked the added versatility.


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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen A. Camp
    Picked this one up the other day and plan to wring it out thoroughly before long. It's initial range trip indicated considerably better than expected results.
    That one looks identical to the one I just left with my daughter and her husband in their new home upstate. I worry considerably LESS about those two now.
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    Range Report...

    Hello. Yesterday I was able to get to the range with the SP101. My ammo bin is low on .357 Magnum ammunition and I found only three factory loads, one of which I prompty forgot and left at home! Thus, I was able to shoot the gun with only two .357 loads. Several .38 Special loads were fired in addition to the the magnum rounds.

    Firing was done at two distances, 7 and 15 yards. At the closer range, all shooting was done double-action with a two-hand hold and as quickly as a "flash sight picture" could be obtained. At 15 yards, all shooting was slow-fire. It was done in single-action and from a rest.

    Chronograph figures are based on 10 shots fired approximately 10' from the chronograph screens.

    38 Remington 130-gr. FMJ: 821 ft/sec

    38 Remington 158-gr. LSWCHP +P: 906 ft/sec

    357 Remington 125-gr. GS: 1189 ft/sec

    357 Winchester 145-gr. STHP: 1207 ft/sec



    My revolver hit a bit low with .38 Special ammuntion, but was dead-bang on with the Winchester 145-gr. STHP in .357 Magnum. It was also "on" with the mid-velocity Remington 125-gr. Golden Sabers.


    The groups from both of the loads shown are about the same. The Remington was much more easy to handle at speed than the Winchester, more so than the paper figures might initially indicate. Felt recoil is subjective, but for me, such is the case.

    For those interested, a more detailed report including more ammunition results can be found at the link below:

    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/R...1%20Report.htm

    Best.

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    Steve - as ever, many thx for your write up - sounds like this gun is doin good.
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    Oh God dang it ya'll you're making me want one.

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    nice pistol.

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    Hello. I've managed to work in a few range sessions with the SP101 since the previous posts were put out and continue to be most favorably impressed with this revolver. The action has slicked up very nicely and hitting falling plates as fast as the sights can find them at 15 yards is much easier than might initally be expected with magnum loads. Timing remains just fine and I really like being able to easily "stage" the double-action trigger pull in the quicker type shooting.


    Other than to smooth and radius the sharp edges on the sides of the trigger, this revolver's only custom work has been shooting. For now, I will probably not be altered in any form or fashion as it is meeting all expectations now.

    If you happen to be interested in a compact, all-steel revolver in .357/.38, I truly believe the SP101 is worth a hard look.

    Best.

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    +1 Steve - tho mine is the 2 1/4" - I did a polish on trigger group plus more dry fire - it is gradually slicking up.

    I do love the gun and rate it very highly in the ''snub category''. .
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    I just put a 2 1/4 on lay a way myself nice stainless steel snub nose.
    after a bout 1000 rds. it will go into rotation.

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    By Golly! I think he's sold me on a SP101 in 357 mag! I've been fondeling them at the store, and I think I'll try to snatch one when it comes in. I think I'll look for a 2 1/8" BBl

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