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I have the 2.25" barrel version and love it. Incredibly soft shooting even full power .357mag loads and as others have said it's built like a tank.
Only two things will ever survive a nuclear apocalypse.........Bacteria and a Ruger SP101 :yup:
 

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Agree with all the above, I still have my 3", gave my 2.25" with the bobbed hammer to my son so he would have something reliable to carry. I carry mine regularly. Nice to know that I can shoot a lot of hot 125 grain full bore magnums in it without it going out of time quickly like all the others. And I speak from experience.
 

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I've got a 2.25" SP101. It's my favorite piece right now. I added Hogue grip and Wolff Springs.

Zero - that is one nice looking SP. Any pics with a view of the meprolight?
 

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an absolutely outstanding revolver. I own one in .357 with a 3" Barrel. It's one of those guns you can shoot millions of times and never have to worry about it wearing out. The sp101 is a tank and it will outlast the human race by far.

I put a reduced hammer spring in mine and it's one of my favorite pistols.
 

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I'm a fan too, and have been since they first came out. I remember the old ones stamped for use with 125 Grain bullets or lighter only. :smile:

Seeing this thread made me dig my SP 101 out for use while I was out cutting wood. Me, a chainsaw, and an SP101 in a Del Fatti. What more do I need?

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I'm a fan too, and have been since they first came out. I remember the old ones stamped for use with 125 Grain bullets or lighter only. :smile:

Seeing this thread made me dig my SP 101 out for use while I was out cutting wood. Me, a chainsaw, and an SP101 in a Del Fatti. What more do I need?

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DEET, and lots of it!
 

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I got two of 'em, and a Ruger Speed Six with 3" barrel. Three guns I'll never get rid of. There's something about Rugers stainless revolvers that has a special place in my heart. They are great guns and will handle any ammo you've got.




 

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Wonderful gun. If you plan on shooting .357 for target, get the 3" barrel. If you want to conceal carry, the 2" works a little better. Weighs in at 27 oz so it has a little heft to take the recoil out. Get the Hogue monogrips for it, you'll like them a lot better than the stock grip. Or maybe some nice wood grips. Some people like those. The trigger out the box for me was pretty stiff at 14 lbs, but it is worth it to get the 9 lb wolff replacement main spring. Easy to install and goes a long way to lighten up the trigger.
I have a 2" barrel. Switched it to Hogue grips. Shooting the 357 loads is comfortable with it. The 14 lb trigger pull is long and heavy, hence my decreased accuracy compared to my Taurus 605 357 Snubnosed revolver. However, the heavier weight does make shooting a lot more comfortable. It is thick and solid. For the price the SP101 is one of the best.

I ordered the Springs from Wolff and I can't wait to install the new springs. I will probably go down to the 10 lb springs.
 

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Built to shoot .357 all day long. I bought a 2.25 SP-101 last month and love it. I had a Speed Six a few years back and made the mistake of selling it. This will never happen with the SP.:smile:
 

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It will be my next weapon and my return to the revolver-world after a long absense !!
 

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I think it will be my "grab and go" weapon when I don't want to thread on a holster etc. The SP101 with an IWB clip-type holster and a couple speed-strips thrown in the pocket. Good to go!
 

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I'm very pleased with my SP101. Recently added a Meprolight sight (my first night sight), a new hammer spring, and melted it a bit more.
I've checked the Ruger Site and all, that is a Chrome finish, yet I'm not finding it on the Ruger Site as Chrome or am I wrong on my words here. That's sharp looking ad the grip is definitely different, where did you acquire that picture if you don't mind me asking.
 

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SP-101's - I have both the 3" and 2.25" in .357, and prefer the shorter barrel.

For comparison's sake, I also own the S&W 640 (stainless shrouded hammer j-frame). The Ruger is a thicker-framed gun that carries a little heavier, the grip is longer than the j-frame's two-finger boot grip, and the trigger isn't quite as good; but it won't wear out (as others stated, the trigger gets better with age), and full-house .357's are surprisingly manageable. I think the factory grips point and shoot very well.

If you have the opportunity you might want to cherry-pick one; despite being built like tanks, the quality control seems to vary on the triggers. My 3" gun has a spring kit and some very mild internal polishing, as well as thousands of dry fires, and still doesn't have as good a trigger as my untouched, much-less-fired 2.25".

I've checked the Ruger Site and all, that is a Chrome finish, yet I'm not finding it on the Ruger Site as Chrome or am I wrong on my words here. That's sharp looking ad the grip is definitely different, where did you acquire that picture if you don't mind me asking.
That's probably just polished.
 

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SP-101's - I have both the 3" and 2.25" in .357, and prefer the shorter barrel.
In my sleek little five shot SP-101's I definitely prefer the shorter barrel. In a six shot like my Speed Six, I think the 3" barrel is the perfect length. I'd go with a 4" but like the 3" better. Just as accurate as far as I'm concerned and a wee bit easier to conceal than the 4" length.

Merely a personal taste though. I also think Ruger's stainless revolvers are beautiful to look at, however someone posted a picture of a blued GP-100 with some cool grips not long ago that looked pretty studly! I wish I can remember which thread it was.
 

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I'll join the chorus. I have a 2.25" DAO, and I love it. I carry it in my front pocket with two speed strips. Some folks load theirs with .38s but I pack mine with .357 124 grain Hornady Critcal Defense.
Great gun and a blast to shoot!

As someone else said, you should take a look at yours before you buy. Pull the trigger and check for improperly alligned barrel. It's unusual, but it does happen.

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An SP101 is one of our house guns. The thing is exceptionally solid and will last longer than we will. The recoil with .357 can be a snappy, but manageable. I prefer .357 in my GP100.

As for the cons, the trigger was very rough and heavy when we first got it. I installed the Wolff spring pack using the 10lb hammer spring and also smoothed all contact surfaces and it made a world of difference. Awesome pistol.
 
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