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Looking to get a ruger sp101 357 mag in 2.25in barrel.Anybody carry one for edc?If so what ammo for carry??Any pros and cons on this gun?
 

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I carry one at home, the ranch, and around town.
I like the Winchester PDX1 in both. 38spl & .357mag. One or 3 reloads.
I carry it IWB @ 2:30 or right-front pocket (still 2:30).
Some say it is on the heavy side. I like the weight for magnum use. The weight also is a plus for non-lethal impact use.


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I had a couple SP101's over the years and they are fine revolvers. For CCW, I prefer the S&W J frames as they are smaller and lighter while still packing the punch of a 357 mag. With that said, if I was going to CCW the SP101, it would be in a shoulder holster only. The SP101 is not a pocket gun and a bit heavy for IWB/OWB. Just my opinion!
 

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I have been eyeing a Smith and Wesson model 60. S&Ws closet to the 101. I think it would make a great woods bumming gun. I however would go with the 3 inch barrel for a little extra velocity.

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I own one it is a spectacular firearm. However, I find that it is a bit too large for pocket carry (my preferred mode of carry), and at 25 ounces empty, after awhile it feels like I'm carrying a brick IWB. Purchased in 2007, it is one of my oldest guns and many have come and gone since then, but it is one of those guns I will never part with.

 

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I own one it is a spectacular firearm. However, I find that it is a bit too large for pocket carry (my preferred mode of carry), and at 25 ounces empty, after awhile it feels like I'm carrying a brick IWB. Purchased in 2007, it is one of my oldest guns and many have come and gone since then, but it is one of those guns I will never part with.

That is one great looking snubby

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Gramps has a 101 and I have a Model 60, also .357. They look alike, even side by side, but the model 60 is a wee bit lighter, and therefore the recoil is a bit more noticeable. As far as function - identical. I agree that a longer barrel, like 3", would probably be better, but I don't think it would be more accurate. Accuracy is directly related to the ability of the shooter.....out to some distance that is probably way farther than you will ever need to shoot for self defense.

My favorite snubbie stainless .357 revolver is my S&W 686. Of course. And, when I weighed more (and was somewhat younger and stronger) I used to carry it IWB.
 

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I routinely carry my SP101 loaded with either .257 Gold Dots or .38+P Federal Premium 158Gr NYCLAD SWC-HP's.
OWB, never an issue with weight as my other rotation is a full sized 1911. Big Dot front sight, springs and shims,
Totally deburred and dehorned (almost "Melted"). Glass bead blasted to a matte finish, using Trausch grips.
Took a few days to get my way. Love it! If I had to do over, I would have begun with the 3 inch instead of the 2.25.
BTW, it began as a birthday gift from my daughter.
 

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I had one. The trigger needed some work, but then what do you expect from a tank. And it is a tank! It weighs as much as one too! With the 10,000lb trigger and it's weight, I never really gave it a chance on my hip as an edc. I dress up for work and it would have been a bit of an issue. It was to be a woods gun. And it would have been a great woods gun at that. Alas, my buddy demanded I sell it to him and I did.

That weight though! Made shooting .357 ok out of the thing. At least I thought it was ok. It's not like you are going to be super fast on the second shot, but it was manageable.

As for the ammo I intended to feed it were it on my hip, it was all .38. The reasoning harkens back to that second shot. I like em fast. That and the notion that .357 really doesn't gain enough out of a 2" to make it worth all that flash and bang.

It was easy for me to give the gun up as a carry when my buddy insisted he needed it more than I did. But to this day, I wish I still had it. It would have been a great weekend, hunting gun for me. If I was a jeans and untucked shirt kind of guy, it would have been a great edc with a good gun belt and trigger job. In spite of everything I've said, note that I'm jealous.
 

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I have one in my carry rotation. When I carry it it's AIWB. Handles 38 great. My hands and wrists got to old for 357 but back in the day it was a lot of fun shooting 357. I put a XS Night Sight on it, shined it up with Flitz, shaved down the trigger to fit me and changed Grips. It's a little heavy for pocket carry but if you had to it fits with the stock grip.
 

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I got one, "just because", but I opted for the 3". The longer barrel provides considerably better shootability, accuracy, and "power". Plus, I just like 'em better. I favor 135 or 158 gr. GDHP ammo.

The SP101 is a great little revolver!
 

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Mine is hammer-less. Don't carry it often, but when I do, I never feel under gunned.
Normal loading is 158 XTP over 15.5 W296. It's cleared out the range on a few occasions, with the muzzle blast and concussion.
 

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When I can untuck my shirt my DAO SP101 snub is my favorite carry gun. I don't understand the complaints about weight, as it weighs the same as a G26 and no one ever complains about them.

To me, the shape both conceals better and is more comfortable than any semi auto. I carry it OWB in a Theis holster. Grips are Lasergrips.

I use Hornady 125 gr .357 Mag Critical Defense. The pointy tips help with reloading.

Yes it weighs an ounce or two more than a similar S&W but that helps when you use full house magnums.

Some day I might get a 3" to go with it.

Will never part with this one.
 

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I dont carry mine as much as I use too , but do occasionally .Mine is the 3 inch but I have thought of getting a 2 inch to pair with it. Compared to polymer guns yes its heavy but it is an all metal gun. But I'm use to carryingheavier guns as my normal edc is a Sig 229 and sometimes even a 226.

Mine is carried in a Simply Rugged pancake holster.

Usually loaded with Fed 125 gr .357 mag sjhp.

Reloads are Black Hill ammo 158 gr .357mag JHP which is loaded with a Hornady XTP bullet.

Its been awhile since I've done a lot of ammo comparison since I don't carry it as often but in the past the Hornady Flex Tip 140 gr gave me the best accuracy. But I haven't shot any ammo that didn't give me decent accuracy.

If you want lighter loads but don't want to drop all the way down to 38 +P Buffalo Bore has "light tactical loads" and Rem Gold Sabers are also lower powered ones but still a lot more than .38spcl.
 

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I enjoy carrying my 3" SP101 in a Winthorp IWB leather holster into town when I want to stop and fill the truck up or buy beer. Its not my ideal choice for all day in the city carry. Where it shines for me is packing it in an OWB holster for woods walks. Heavy enough to tame hot .357's, but light enough that I'm not complaining about my back all day. I would not feel undergunned with five .357 158gr XTP's as my only carry gun. I just have better options for urban carry.

Can't go wrong with an SP101. I do enjoy the 3" over my father's 2.25" model, as it feels like a fuller gun and that .75" extra barrel helps with sight radius. The 2.25" however has way more in-stock holster options. It took me a while to find a leather IWB for my 3" that wasn't over $70 or had a waiting period of over two weeks.
 
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Don't mean to hijack the tread, but we have an SP101 and I'd like to get a better grip than the stock one. If you folks with the wood or wrap around rubber ones could recommend a good source I would appreciate it. My wife loves the revolver and shoots well with it if she cocks the hammer first. The trigger pull is too hard for her otherwise and pulls her aim off. I like it a lot too, but it seems I've lost ownership of it.
 

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I agree on the holster selection. When I bought my 3 inch about 7 or 8 years ago no lone made a stock holster. At that time I wasn't familiar with all the custom makes and heard of Simply Rugged through the Ruger forum. I think if I was to start carrying mine on a more regular basis I'd get me a Nelson made for it.
 
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