New revolver SP101 n Questions for Gurus

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Agent_H, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Agent_H

    Agent_H New Member

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    I have a few questions about revolvers…

    I wandered in to a shop and got a great deal on a new Ruger sp101 with CTC grips on it in .357. It is the hammered version. Kind of debated on hammered or bobbed and went with the hammered. Been carrying it these last two weeks and find it great. Only shot it twice - once with the CTC’s n another time with a Hogue grip – it’s a keeper! My Kahr K9 is a little jealous lol!
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    Now I am jonesing for a larger frame and need some direction. One shopkeep treated me like an idiot and kept throwing Pythons (some day) and some really used looking K and N frames but went in to some screw number and how S&W makes junk now? I don’t believe this for an instant but what is the story on the screw in the hammer?

    I was looking into the Ruger GP100 or a 4” S&W for a big sister to the sp101 – anyone with some pics, advice, or info to share from the world of revolver?

    Did Taurus weapons years ago and tend to shy away from them.

    This one would be for HD, non-carry, .357 mag with access to nice wood grips, good reputation.

    Thanks crew!
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Only thing I can tell you is to shoot it more. If you want to carry that weapon(a great pistol BTW, my wife is armed with one) you need to have more then 2 rounds behind the trigger with it. That SP or a GP with eat hot magnums for years to come.
     

  3. Agent_H

    Agent_H New Member

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    I meant two trips to the range not 2 rounds lol. I put about 120+ through it so far.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I am a dyed in the wool GP100 fan. I've had a number of both the 4" and 6" versions. If you want a .357 for HD, the 4" is easier to handle that the 6". The 6" is a bit unwieldy for inside and for quick reactions.

    The older S&W's were wonderful revolvers. Great triggers and workmanship.

    The new S&W models with the internal lock have detractors. Most folks just don't like the idea of an internal lock, myself included. It's just one more thing that can go wrong. In a SD/HD situation, I want the odds heavily in my favor.

    That said, I haven't heard much about the S&W internal locks failing or screwing up.

    If you want a good S&W, look at the 586/686 series of revolvers. The model 27 is another good one. (it's an N frame .357)

    I like S&W's and have owned a bunch. Unfortunately, financial circumstances have left me with none at the present time. However, I have managed to keep my stainless 6" GP100 and it will never go away no matter what. ;)
     
  5. canebrake

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    Hands down, this would be the 357 I'd buy while waiting on my Colt Python.

    It's a S&W 27-2, P&R (pined and recessed) and looks like it has the target hammer and trigger. (Be sure to ask.)

    This would be a good investment and can only appreciate if kept in good condition.

    used Smith & Wesson 27-2 Nickel for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $799.00
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    BTW, the GP100's are considerably less money than the Smith's.
     
  7. Agent_H

    Agent_H New Member

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    @CA357 - you would put the Rugers on similar ground as S&W?
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The S&W older models have a nicer trigger pull and are nicely made. They have nice lines too. The newer ones not as much, although they are still an excellent revolver.

    The GP100's are the Abrams tanks of the revolver world. They'll shoot heavy magnum loads forever and your great grandchildren will be shooting them long after we're all gone. They aren't as graceful looking as the Smith's, but they are stout and dependable.

    I like them both, but will always have a GP100.

    I also like the look of the GP100's to me, they look stout and they are.

    This is just my opinion, you asked. ;)

    BTW, you can change out the springs in the Ruger and have a very nice trigger pull. It's an easy swap.
     
  9. canebrake

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    Not to answer your question Don, but I will.

    I would have no problem buying a new Ruger over a new S&W.

    When it comes to wheel guns, I like vintage and IMHO, the -2 Smiths are the most desirable. (Models 27 and 29)
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I would love to have a Model 27 and another 629. I just don't have the dough. :eek:
     
  11. Agent_H

    Agent_H New Member

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    i just realized I've been lurking around here for a year this month. This has become a daily stop for me since then. Cane - you have a taste for classic, evident in your choice of weapons and posts. Both of your guys' posts get read even when the topic isn't up my alley lol. CA357 - you got a sweet pic of your ruger? (gun porn is awesome!)

    Having only owned semis for so long (just a rossi .38 of tha padre's thrown in there in the past) I feel like I have missed out on the mystique of the classic wheel gun.

    This is some very helpful info.

    What would a guy want to look for if buying a used revolver? Timing or is that something you have to find out when shooting? Wear in certain spot that might indicate an issue? Etc?
     
  12. freefall

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    I wouldn't be shy of buying a nice model 28 Smith either. Just one on Alaskaslist the other day for $500. Just can't buy another .357. However, if I were looking for a good .357, I'd buy a GP100 in a minute. Dan Wessons are OK but they've gotten expensive for some reason. I too still dream of a Python. (someday...;))
     
  13. canebrake

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    As soon as I pick up a used firearm I can tell the level of care the gun experienced in the hands of the previous owner.

    If you buy on-line be sure there is a inspection/return option (usually a no shoot condition) so you can/have inspect and reject if necessary.

    Look around, they are out there. Especially in today's economy!

    S&W 27-2 357 mag 8 3/8" TT TH TS LNIB : Revolvers at GunBroker.com

    S&W 27-2 Nickel 6 in Cased 3 T's Unfired : Revolvers at GunBroker.com

    S&W Model 27-2 Nickel - Cased No Reserve : Revolvers at GunBroker.com

    S & W 27-2 revolver-8 1/4"BBL1975-77-smith & wess : Revolvers at GunBroker.com

    S&W MODEL 27-2 NICKLE CASED 8 3/8 : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
     
  14. Thebiker

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    Another vote for the Ruger GP 100. I have had mine for @ 15 years, put many hundreds of rounds through it, and after cleaning, it looks brand new except for a little holster wear (stainless).

    Absolutely agree, built like a tank and shoots like a dream, .357 mag loads are a non-issue. Definitely prefer it over newer S&W revolvers. Just my 2 cents based on having owned Smiths as well.
     
  15. Megaton

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    just put 50 down the tube of my 6" GP100 this morning, probably my favorite firearm to shoot out of the collection. Can't wait to start reloading so I can really give her the range time she deserves.
     
  16. diggsbakes

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    If you are debating between a Ruger and a Smith you have to ask yourself what is the gun going to be used for primarily. I prefer to take my Rugers with me when camping in the Rockies. They are extremely durable and can handle any load you put in the cylinder and still manage the weapon.

    On the other hand, I LOVE to shoot my Smiths. They are so smooth, accurate and comfortable, but will not stand up to a constant diet of max loads like the Rugers.

    I do still take a Smith out occasionally, but I just like to keep them pretty. :) The Rugers just feel like they were meant to be thrown in a truck, backpack or tent and hauled around the woods.

    Limited long term experience with Colts. (unfortunately, :mad: but maybe soon :))

    As long as you stick to the makers listed in this thread you will be happy one way of the other.

    NOTE: There are several tests to do with a revolver to grasp an understanding of how much and what kind of use it has seen throughout the years it was owned. Check out: Buying a Used Handgun good general info.

    Good luck!!
     
  17. Clem

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    The first is my Ruger GP100. I have had it a few years. It is very accurate, and after I finished smoothing the interior, it is very smooth. An anvil of a gun: can't be beaten to death. The second is my SP101. It has just returned from C&S Shop getting S&W J frame sights installed. Great little gun, but terrible sights, until I got it fixed. Now it is just a very nice little gun. The third is actually my favorite: a S&W 627PC: 5" SS N frame, with the added bonus of 8 shots. What's not to like? I like all of them, but I like the PC the most.
     

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  18. Bigcountry02

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    We have the 6 inch, I love it; but, 9/10's of the law, the wife takes over.
    I picked up the other day, 180 gr Buffalo Boar rounds. I want to shoot, the weather is so windy, not worth it!
     
  19. Agent_H

    Agent_H New Member

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    Clem - nice pieces! Classy.
     
  20. Clem

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