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Old 12-01-2013, 04:05 PM   #21
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I'm looking into getting a sp101 for a challenging plinker/home defense revolver that not only me but other family members can access when i'm not home. I want the 2.25" barrel version because I like the way it looks, and i'm pretty sure that I will get the .38+p and not the .357 because I will be using .38 ammo either way 99% of the time, and I have heard that a .38 will fire about 50 ft/sec faster out of a dedicated .38 revolver vs. a .357 mag revolver. I don't know how true this is, if it's not true maybe i'd go with the .357 just for more options on ammo. Opinions?
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I'm looking into getting a sp101 for a challenging plinker/home defense revolver that not only me but other family members can access when i'm not home. I want the 2.25" barrel version because I like the way it looks, and i'm pretty sure that I will get the .38+p and not the .357 because I will be using .38 ammo either way 99% of the time, and I have heard that a .38 will fire about 50 ft/sec faster out of a dedicated .38 revolver vs. a .357 mag revolver. I don't know how true this is, if it's not true maybe i'd go with the .357 just for more options on ammo. Opinions?
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I'm looking into getting a sp101 for a challenging plinker/home defense revolver that not only me but other family members can access when i'm not home. I want the 2.25" barrel version because I like the way it looks, and i'm pretty sure that I will get the .38+p and not the .357 because I will be using .38 ammo either way 99% of the time, and I have heard that a .38 will fire about 50 ft/sec faster out of a dedicated .38 revolver vs. a .357 mag revolver. I don't know how true this is, if it's not true maybe i'd go with the .357 just for more options on ammo. Opinions?
Not true about the dedicated .38 spl thing. Aside from the ammo itself, the only thing that will affect the velocity of a round is the length of a barrel. You've selected a short barrel so anything you shoot out of it will have slightly less velocity anyway.

I recommend a .357 Magnum version. You'll just have more options.
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I'm looking into getting a sp101 for a challenging plinker/home defense revolver that not only me but other family members can access when i'm not home. I want the 2.25" barrel version because I like the way it looks, and i'm pretty sure that I will get the .38+p and not the .357 because I will be using .38 ammo either way 99% of the time, and I have heard that a .38 will fire about 50 ft/sec faster out of a dedicated .38 revolver vs. a .357 mag revolver. I don't know how true this is, if it's not true maybe i'd go with the .357 just for more options on ammo. Opinions?
Great gun, but get the 357.
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The closest Cabela's store was nice enough to put the Ruger 101 .357 with a 4.2 inch barrel and fully adjustible sights on sale for $620 at Christmas and a little way down the counter there was another , but used. It appeared to have no wear what so ever and didn't appear to even have been disassembled. For the price of $449 it followed me home , that evening it was dry fired, and the next morning it was quickly in pieces. The dry firing showed me exactly where to polish. A Demi drill with a wire wheel for polishing and a juducious clip of 1 1/2 coils off the hammer spring brought the trigger a little smoother and a little lighter. Reassembly went well after I chased down the spring the keeps the "hand" under tension (using packing tape to hold the trigger to the trigger guard allowed me to get the spring where it need to be). Because it hadn't been taken apart before it took several attempts to get the plunger that holds the trigger group back into place. A trip to the backyard range showed this little Ruger to be a keeper.
The little Ruger uses the same speed loaders as the 5 shot S&W "J" frames. But, I guessed wrong and it will not fit inthe same holster as a Smith 63.
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Wasn't happy with factory sights, trigger, or grip! And I've heard of plenty of people that have changed some or all 3, and brag about how great the gun is! I decided to sale mine at a small lose! Lesson learned; ALWAYS test fire before purchasing! I'm not one to spend money on top of money, to many factory guns that are good out of the box!! I love Ruger, and most of there stuff is rock solid, including the Sp101! But in my opinion! They could improve greatly on "out of the box satisfaction" Just my opinion and experience guys!!
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I'm looking into getting a sp101 for a challenging plinker/home defense revolver that not only me but other family members can access when i'm not home. I want the 2.25" barrel version because I like the way it looks, and i'm pretty sure that I will get the .38+p and not the .357 because I will be using .38 ammo either way 99% of the time, and I have heard that a .38 will fire about 50 ft/sec faster out of a dedicated .38 revolver vs. a .357 mag revolver. I don't know how true this is, if it's not true maybe i'd go with the .357 just for more options on ammo. Opinions?
Yes, from the bottom up. 1. You don't have to have a 357 Mag. A hot 38 is plenty. 2. Not sure about the velocity, but a 38 cylinder firing 38 will stay cleaner. 3. The snub barrel is okay to shoot 38, but get good sights, especially front. The best in my opinion is the Wiley Clapp Edition, gold bead front and a very good grip. But it is a 357. Overall, I'd go with the WC because it is the nicest of them all.
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My wife carries the Sp101, has now for a few years. Put a set of CT laser grips on it , and a FO on the front. Very rarely uses the CT anymore, mostly just point and shoot, and she is good! Carries 142gr truncated 357 when out hiking, and 38 sp HP when in town. I can't shoot it as well as she, just too small for my big hands, so I have a GP100 in 4 inch.
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My wife carries the Sp101, has now for a few years. Put a set of CT laser grips on it , and a FO on the front. Very rarely uses the CT anymore, mostly just point and shoot, and she is good! Carries 142gr truncated 357 when out hiking, and 38 sp HP when in town. I can't shoot it as well as she, just too small for my big hands, so I have a GP100 in 4 inch.
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Everyone - please stop posting images of SP101's. I've got to get my keyboard dried out from drool.
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