A) is $389 a fair price for a 3incher?
B) what kind of accuracy should I 'spect from a 3incher?
C) Anyone know the loaded weight of one (average .357 mag loads is fine)?
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February 10, 2006, 06:34 PM
A) Is it new? I think I paid $350 shipped for an excellent condition .38 Special model, w/two sets of grips and an OWB holster.
B) Given then I'm not that great a shot, I can't tell you much. Mine groups well at 25 yards from a rest, but POI is low and to the right with my practice ammunition. (158gr Fiocchi FMJ) At closer ranges, it's accurate for a self defense handgun.
C) Not sure, but not too much more than the published amount on Ruger's webpage.
Hope this helps.
February 10, 2006, 07:08 PM
I paid about $375 after sales tax for my 3" 357 sp101.
Mine is more accurate than I am. At 25 feet I keep 5 shots within an inch in single action. Double action keeps them all in COM shooting reasonably fast.
Ruger's website would have the weight. It is a heavy gun compared to other snubbies, though. I personally favor that since it makes it easier for me to shoot magnums from it.
I find it is more accurate with heavier bullets. 158gr bullets go straight to where the sights line up.
February 10, 2006, 07:24 PM
My 3 inch SP101 in .357 was right at $369 new. Came close to $400 with taxes.
Lucked out on my 3 inch SP101 9mm. That one was in like new condition and cost me $250 out the door.:D
February 10, 2006, 10:24 PM
For my area $389.00 is a great price on a new one and a average price on a used one. Accuracy with ammo it likes is better than the average or even above average shooter can hold. Weight as has been said is higher than a J frame snub but I'm too lazy to go out and weigh mine to get an exact weight.
Great gun, can't go wrong with it.
Stephen A. Camp
February 10, 2006, 10:31 PM
Hello. I paid $380 for mine NIB. Here are some observations if interested: