SP101 on the way!


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J.R.W.
December 20, 2008, 11:35 PM
So, after firing my 340PD for about 500 rounds, I've decided to retire it to the collection for the time being. Its the first gun to make me bleed. I was shooting it single handed and the frame actually split the skin in the webbing between my thumb and index finger (yes they were some pretty nasty loads). I'm doing this to protect myself and to lengthen the life of the gun. So, I'll be picking up the SP101 on Friday just in time to go visit some family and Jim Badger in Greenville, SC. The Wolff spring kit is on that way and various fine sandpapers are on standby. The tritium sight will be on order by the end of the week. That leads me to the question, what else can be done to improve this gun?

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sherman123
December 20, 2008, 11:51 PM
I think hogue monogrips on the sp101 fit my hands better than any gun I've ever picked up (i have medium size size) but it all depends on your hand size of course. I think they really make it a dream to shoot and I don't mind the recoil of the .357s through it one bit that gun is built like a tank to begin with. If you do end up putting those grips on it will take away some concealability but still much easier to hide than any full size semi-auto I've had depending on holsters

J.R.W.
December 21, 2008, 12:04 AM
As far as CCW, I'll be leaning more towards an automatic, but thats for personal reasons. This is going to be more of a project. I just can't get past how nice some of the Badger grips look. (Mines a 2 1/4 though)

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s266/legacygt_97/sp101.jpg

AdamSean
December 21, 2008, 08:15 PM
Go to rugerforums.net and do the sear improvement. It made the once heavy trigger pull feel more like my old S&W Airweight.

NoWake200
December 22, 2008, 10:17 AM
The Wolff spring kit is on that way and various fine sandpapers are on standby.

I also just picked up the SP101 and love it! I did not think there was anything wrong with the gun, but reading this I am only guessing you can make a great even better?

Sorry for my ignorance... what will sandpaper do?

Also, that is a great looking grip, I will have to check them out.

krs
December 22, 2008, 03:30 PM
After making so many butt ugly revolvers Ruger got it right with this one.

SP101 is one of the best looking revolvers ever made, IMO, and the weight of it is appropriate to it's caliber.

1 old 0311
December 22, 2008, 03:52 PM
Thanks for the smile:) I have been shooting for 40 years and the 340pd is the ONLY handgun to draw blood. Love the weight, but may have to do something about the grips.

J.R.W.
December 22, 2008, 06:19 PM
Thanks for the smile I have been shooting for 40 years and the 340pd is the ONLY handgun to draw blood. Love the weight, but may have to do something about the grips.

It's like a disease though, I wont have the Ruger until Friday and somehow that 340PD keeps sneaking back into my range bag.

J.R.W.
December 22, 2008, 06:22 PM
Sorry for my ignorance... what will sandpaper do?

Also, that is a great looking grip, I will have to check them out.

The sandpaper is to clean + polish the internal contact points in the mechanical workings in order to remove the gritty feeling found on some SP's. The grips can be found at:http://www.badgercustomgrips.com/

I'll be stopping by there on Monday the 29th and I'll let everyone know how I make out.

Ben Shepherd
December 22, 2008, 06:40 PM
Another vote for the houge monogrips. One of my sp's is on its 3rd set.

Tried the badgers. Don't like them. The grip angle is all wrong for me, and I hate not having the third finger on the grip.

NoWake200
December 24, 2008, 12:12 PM
bigwhiteyj thanks for the reply, I joined the Ruger forum as well. I am sure I can learn a little more about in's and out's of this gun.

Let us know how the grip trip turned out.

J.R.W.
January 3, 2009, 12:44 AM
So, I'm back. Got to shoot the SP while down in North Carolina for New Years. I also had to opportunity to visit Jim Badger and get my grips in person. I spent some time today performing the IBOK surgery and installing the Wolff spring kit (#10 rebound and #10 main). I also rounded the sharp edges on the trigger with some fine files and polished it back with the Dremel.
I couldn't be happier with how it shoots, the action smoothed up great. The photos don't do the wood justice.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s266/legacygt_97/sp101001.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s266/legacygt_97/sp101002.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s266/legacygt_97/sp101003.jpg

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