SP101 and Buffalo Bore

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    SP101 and Buffalo Bore

    Anyone know how bad the kick will be in the SP101 3 inch with Buffalo Bore 180g Hard cast ammo?
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    With a Hogue rubber grip? Manageable. But I like recoil. YMMV

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    I own a Ruger SP101 .357 magnum with a 3 inch barrel and I carry that exact same load when I am out in the woods where mountain lions and black bears are known to frequent on occasion. I have only fired about 20 rounds of BB 180 grain cartridges and I can tell you that the recoil is stout, but not uncontrollable. It is hard to gauge felt recoil as what may be ok for some, may be down right brutal for others. However if some fanged and clawed creature was trying to rip me to shreds, I doubt I would even notice the recoil at all!
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    In my hands, an SP101 controls recoil very well, and that is with the factory grip. I have fired the Federal Castcore 180-grain hunting loads with no pain. Buffalo Bore is probably a bit more vigorous than the Federal, but I think I had a margin of comfort still left with the Federals. (IIRC, Federal specs that load at 1250 FPS.)

    Of course, how the gun is held, and hand fit, are parts of the equation. I hold HIGH on the grip, and I can get all of my skinny fingers onto the SP101. Recoil comes more back into the palm, rather than kicking against the web of my hand.

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