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I am wantng a 357 with less than a 4" barrel. Smiths are getting very rare and pricey...I have a chance to get a SP101..anybody carry this revolver? I have't owned a Ruger double action before. How is the recoil on the snubby 357's? thanks Robbie
 

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Great gun. I have one in my collection. Easily concealed with an IWB holster. Recoil is very manageable due to the heavier construction. I would recommend this revolver any day!
 

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You may have a hard time with full loads if you are recoil shy. I really don't think that the recoil of full loads in the SP 101 is particularly harsh, but, I've been shooting for about 40 years or so.

Honestly, if you are dead set on a revolver, it's hard to beat the SP 101. It's built like a tank and will last a lifetime. However, since I have better choices available, I don't carry the SP 101 much. I'd rather carry my Glock 23 which weighs around the same loaded with 12 rounds of 40 cal or my Glock 36 with 7 rounds of 45 cal. Or my Glock 19 with 15 rounds. More fire power in a lighter package.

 

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I am wantng a 357 with less than a 4" barrel. Smiths are getting very rare and pricey...I have a chance to get a SP101..anybody carry this revolver? I have't owned a Ruger double action before. How is the recoil on the snubby 357's? thanks Robbie
Its built like a tank, very strong and robust. Recoil with full power .357 loads is stout, managable but stout. You will not want to shoot the handhun all day with these loads but its fun....for a while. In contrast .38 are downright pleasent to shoot. Its a very well made revolver and you cannot go wrong owning one.



 

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Thanks...I am wanting a 357 to cc while deer hunting and riding my big red on the deer leases. Are they as accurate as a smith???? I have been looking at some badger grips for one also. I am thinking about getting a simply rugged silver dollar pancake holster for it also... I would be rich if it wasn't for guns... Robbie
 

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I agree with all the positive comments above. I owned an S&W M&P 340 prior to this, and after shooting that, the recoil on this is almost comfortable.

Ruger SP101, Spurless Hammer, Badger Grips:



Get one!!!
 

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A great revolver for sure, .38 for everyday shooting and a load of .357 for SD...that'll work.:yup:
 

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Thanks...I am wanting a 357 to cc while deer hunting and riding my big red on the deer leases.
I'm wanting to get one for a field/hunting gun also. You may want to check out the 3 1/16" barrel model, like the one in Pirate's post. To me that would be the optimum field gun. A little longer barrel for accuracy, but still small and compact enough not to get in the way.
 

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If I'm going to carry a 3" Revolver I prefer the GP100 because it holds six rounds instead of the five that the SP101 holds.

With that said, I have a 2 1/4" SP101 that I carry as a BUG to my 3" GP100. I feel they make a great combo. The SP101 is the smallest and lightest Revolver I want to fire "full house" magnum loads out of, but that's just me.

I find that the SP101 is a great little revolver, and it cleans up nice with a little gunsmithing.

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A security Six 3-4in is accurate as one can be without a vice rest ; ) H/D
 

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The recoil will largely depend on how the gun fits your hand. It may sound strange, but I find an SP101 to mitigate felt recoil every bit as well as a K-frame S&W, and notably better than a 4" Ruger Speed Six. I hold HIGH on the grip; most folks who did not grow up with sixguns, taught by a knowledgeable mentor, tend to hold revolvers TOO LOW on the grip, which increases kick, resulting in the weapon slamming the web of the hand. The web of your hand should be all the way up to the top of the rubberized portion of the grip. This causes recoil to go into the wrist, instead of the web of the hand. You may may to scoot down just a hair to clear the hammer spur for single-action shooting, but I almost never shoot an SP101 SA, and two of mine don't have hammer spurs, anyway. The hammer does not travel back as far in DA shooting as in SA mode.

FWIW, my hands tend to prefer a size large glove, though my fingers are not long enough to fill the glove's fingers, and are skinny, so I generally squeeze into medium-sized gloves on the rare occasions I wear gloves.

For frame of reference, I don't like to shoot anything more stout than .38 +P out of an Airweight S&W J-frame, and find S&W J-frame Airlites to be torture devices with .38s. I can shoot .357 mag 180-grain Federal Castcore ammo from an SP101 with no pain, and 145-grain Silvertips are almost pleasant.

Edited to add: That is not an SP101 in my avatar, but a 3" GP100 with adjustable sights, a quite rare bird.
 

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Cool... I am leaning towards the 3" ...I really like those badger grips..thanks guys...I appreciate the comments...Robbie
 

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I just bought the SP101 yesterday. I put about 20 rounds of 357 thru it, and about 20 rounds of .38. Having never shot the 357 round before, it is managable--i was putting probably 5/6 on a 10" target standing probably 20' back. The 38s went thru a lot easier. So far, I'm loving this gun (picked over the S&W 642), but will probably not carry it much due to same reasons Freedomofchoice said above--I'll likely still carry my glock 23 more as well.
 

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It's my EDC

The Sp101 is my EDC. I own SAs but I prefer the wheel gun. I am contemplating an LCR as a BUG and run to the Wawa gun. Sometimes I want to just put it into my pocket and grab a sanwhich whereas the SP is a little big for that for my taste. I prefer a 38+P self defense load which I can use for both. That said my brothers and I put 357 full house through it at the range! You cannot go wrong with this pistol.

Note: I own a Glock and it is my house gun but the SP rides my hip.
 

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I have two Ruger SP-101's 2 1/4 inch barrel and one Ruger Speed Six with a 3 inch barrel.

They are all excellent guns. Recoil is quite manageable too. If you want a 6 shot gun look for a Ruger GP-100 or a used Speed Six or Security Six with 3" barrels. If you want a 5 shot gun, the SP-101 is hard to beat.

For the record, I really like stainless Ruger revolvers!

 

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A security Six 3-4in is accurate as one can be without a vice rest ; ) H/D
yeah but if you find one in decent shape you're going to pay some for it. i was in the market for a snubbie and i rarely saw anything in good shape for less than $350-$400 :(
 

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You aren't going to believe this, but I got the 3" Speed Six in the picture above for $120.

It was a few years ago. When the US Postal Inspectors switched over to the Beretta model 92's they unloaded all their Ruger Speed Six's onto the market. Shotgun News had them listed. One of my co-workers at the hospital was an FFL and we put together an order and bought seven of them. We got the $120 discount deal for buying five or more at the same time. I think the price for a single one was $200.

We were probably the best armed ER in the State.
 

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My understanding (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) is that a .357 out of a ~2" barrel has the same performance as a 9mm, but has a lot more recoil and muzzle flash. Would anyone know if this is true?
 

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My understanding (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) is that a .357 out of a ~2" barrel has the same performance as a 9mm, but has a lot more recoil and muzzle flash. Would anyone know if this is true?
That is one of the great internet rumors that will not go away.

Here are some factory ammunition numbers from my 2 1/4" SP101:

Speer Gold Dot 125 grain .357, Ave. 1242 fps, 428 ft.-lbs. energy

Federal Classic 125 grain .357, Ave. 1293 fps, 464 ft.-lbs. energy


On the other hand, 9x19mm out of my 4.13" HK P7:

Speer Gold Dot 124 grain +P, Ave. 1139 fps, 357 ft.-lbs. energy

And, .38 Special out of the 2 1/4" SP101:

Speer Gold Dot 135 grain +P, Ave. 856 fps, 219 ft.-lbs. energy

One will note that the other internet rumor that short barreled magnums are not any better than .38 Special +P is also blatant hogwash.

The magnum outdoes the +P 9mm by at least 100 fps with similar weight bullets, and the 9x19 has a longer barrel. Even so, the 124/125 grain bullet comparison isn't really fair to the magnum, it can, after all, throw a 173 grain, or even heavier bullet significantly faster than a 9x19mm can throw a 147 grain one. I have shot handloads in my 2 1/4 SP101 that pushed a 173 grain bullet to 1100 fps (1200+ in a 4" gun) and at 200 grain bullet to 1050 fps (1150 fps in a 4" gun).

As for the SP101 its self, I have two and I enjoy them very much. I carry my 2 1/4" DAO regularly and I couldn't be happier with it. My on and off-duty BUG is a DAO S&W 37-2 Airweight, and IMO, the felt recoil with full power magnums in the SP is less harsh than .38 Special +P in the Airweight. I would not hesitate to carry the SP101 with magnum ammunition.
 

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I agree with Landric it goes up my ass like the Washington monument when someone says that the .357 magnum is the same as a 9MM. Landric is correct this is an internet rumor,and in my opinion its one that needs to die already. The notion that the .357 magnum is no more effective than a .38+P or a 9mm just because it is coming out of a 2" barrel is simply hogwash. All one has to do is look at the numbers and they'll see that Landric and myself are correct. As for the SP101 I love mine its a great gun.
 
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