How rugged is a Ruger SP101 2.5"?


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Remllez
April 15, 2011, 03:22 PM
I'd be careful shooting that thing period!!!
They don't stand up to much shooting regardless of ammo used...Send it to me I'll spend a few hundred and make it safe and shootable..

Thanks in advance :)

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0to60
April 15, 2011, 05:14 PM
I bought one of these for my wife for Xmas (one of those gifts that serves the gifter as well as the giftee) and I'm wondering if its strong enough to handle .357 mag rounds all the time or should I be practicing with .38 spl? This gun will see maybe 2k rounds per year.

newbuckeye
April 15, 2011, 05:19 PM
I recently bought that same model. I have always heard that rugers are the among toughest out there.

RKRCPA
April 15, 2011, 05:19 PM
They're tough little buggers, I would think you'll quit before it will.

newbuckeye
April 15, 2011, 05:29 PM
Not to mention the price difference between the two....

guzzi
April 15, 2011, 06:13 PM
I do believe that if the 357 loads you shoot are the kind that make your teeth hurt when you pull the trigger, you will be the weak link in the process.

If your loads are less than that type, you are missing the 357 fun.

WC145
April 15, 2011, 06:55 PM
If you're planning to shoot 2000rds of .357mag out of it a year you're wallet and your wrists will suffer far more than the gun will. Your great grandkids will be shooting that gun.

In the interest of saving money and making your range sessions more comfortable and enjoyable I'd suggest .38spl for range work and mags for carry. Also, you might ask your wife what ammo she prefers to shoot, .357 mag is pretty harsh out of a snubby, even one as stout and heavy as the SP101.

dnovo
April 15, 2011, 07:44 PM
I agree with the last post. Your hand will give out before the SP. However, unless you need the SP for CCW, I'd step up to the GP100. 2000 rounds a year will be less punishing and it's an 'easier' shooter. Dave

oldfool
April 15, 2011, 08:09 PM
my preferred "mix formula" is
80% to 90% 38 sp
10% to 20% 38+p
5% 357

in large part because of ammo pricing (me not being a reloader)
in some part because it is less strain on the shooter (me)
in some very small part, because it is a bit less strain on the gun

unless you are simply addicted to the joys of flying HOT
there just is not a whole lot of need to shoot a heavy diet of 357 only
comforting though to know that the gun can handle any/all of it

me, I think of my k-frame Smiths and Ruger SP as pert-near-perfect 38+P guns
as said above, if I wanted to shoot nothing but 357s, I would go to the yet heavier frame size guns
but 50 rounds a week out of a SP is really no strain on the gun at all
still I would shoot maybe 40-45 rounds a week of 38Sp, plus 5-10 rounds of 38+P
and 357s only a few times a year, just because

0to60
April 16, 2011, 11:02 PM
I reload, so I'm not worried about the cost. As far as punishing to the hand, c'mon guys! .357 mag is a pussycat!

WebHobbit
April 17, 2011, 06:25 PM
If you rarely shoot .357 in your gun then you should NOT carry .357 as SD loads...IMHO.

MCgunner
April 17, 2011, 06:42 PM
Mine, I put a Hogue grip on it and could shoot hizoot 180 grain loads in it without pain. Try that with your 12 ounce Smith unobtainium gun. :rolleyes: I consider the SP101's strength no less than the Smith L frames, personally, and that ain't bad for a 5 shot compact snubby despite the fact that it's 27 ounces unloaded. The weight is my only objection to it for carry, but that's the very thing that makes it so easy to shoot! Any lighter gun and I'll just get a .38, thanks.

Chifte
April 17, 2011, 07:15 PM
I highly doubt you'll be breaking it. I got my SP 101 last summer I've put over 800 .357 rounds through it and over 2500 .38 rounds, the gun is also taken with me when I mountain bike 3-4 times a week on rough trails and when I jog, it hasn't skipped a beat.

BigN
April 17, 2011, 07:35 PM
I haven't owned that particular model but I own two Rugers right now and have had many in the past. I can tell you from personal experience you can beat those guns on a concrete slab and they'll come up blazing. Tough cookies they are...

Hondo 60
April 17, 2011, 07:54 PM
The SP101 is far tougher than any other 357 I've shot.
They're built like a tank!

You need not worry one iota about the ammo you shoot.
As other have said, "you'll give out long before the gun".

Besides, you get to dress it up a bit if you want.

http://www.jbabcock.net/guns/b-a.jpg

RevDerb
April 17, 2011, 08:41 PM
I agree with all who have attested to the ruggedness of the SP101. I just purchased my second one with 2 1/4" bbl a couple of days ago. My first (3" bbl) was tough as can be. I just added Crimson Trace grip laser to the new one to make it my EDC. I do prefer shooting .38 spl vs. .357 mag even in the SP's. I got rid of a .357 LCR a while ago due to the harsh recoil. Now, you've got to understand that I'm 65+. Maybe a younger shooter would enjoy .357 rounds but I don't for regular range shooting. Enjoy your SP101 and shoot it until you wear out. Then rest and pick it up again. :D

ColtPythonElite
April 17, 2011, 09:19 PM
Ruger did a SP101 .357 torture test years ago. Basically they shot 5k magnums thru it in one day, dipping it in water when it got hot. At the end of the day, they checked the specs on the gun and found no wear, tear, or frame stretching.

skidder
April 18, 2011, 01:13 AM
I've shot 38's and 357's in this little Sherman tank for 16 years. I've loaded the hottest and the mildest and never never had a malfunction.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=140652&stc=1&d=1303099812

oldfool
April 18, 2011, 08:28 AM
If you rarely shoot .357 in your gun then you should NOT carry .357 as SD loads...IMHO.
respectfully disagree
shooting technique and trigger control never were caliber dependent
minor shift in POI at practical SD range is insignificant
sufficient practice with extreme similar/same configuration and action negate need to restrict yourself to only one caliber choice, much less one load choice in same caliber

if handgun recoil interferes with either speed or accuracy, you just need to practice until it doesn't matter anymore

gamestalker
April 18, 2011, 02:55 PM
I have a one that has had thousands of full magnum rounds through it and it is still not showing any signs of wear. I've always had a lot of faith in the strength of Ruger revolver's. When I'm testing a new hot load, I grab a Ruger to run them through.

WebHobbit
April 18, 2011, 05:51 PM
respectfully disagree
if handgun recoil interferes with either speed or accuracy, you just need to practice until it doesn't matter anymore

And how would you do that if you are primarily practicing with comparatively mild .38 loads?

alde
April 18, 2011, 06:20 PM
You have heard the expression "tough as nails"? The SP101 is as tough as railroad spikes on steroids.

PabloJ
April 18, 2011, 06:44 PM
I'd be careful shooting that thing period!!!
They don't stand up to much shooting regardless of ammo used...Send it to me I'll spend a few hundred and make it safe and shootable..

Thanks in advance :)
Having owned Security Six in the past I'm warming up to another Ruger. First step was putting Rossi 51 Stainless .22lr on hold. The Rossi handles much like the 101 so the progression to .357 is where evolution points to (or is it revolution?). Having looked at two models next to each other I would say fit and finish is about the same for both guns.

Scipio Africanus
April 18, 2011, 07:45 PM
All Rugers are bull strong and the SP101 is no exception. Load it with the stoutest Magnum loads you can handle and have fun!

oldfool
April 18, 2011, 09:44 PM
And how would you do that if you are primarily practicing with comparatively mild .38 loads?
"primarily" is not synonymous with "exclusively"
let the shot go when it's there, no matter the load in gun
could some of those CAS/SASS guys do as well with hotter loads ?
some can and do, some don't, some don't try

22 rimfire vs. 454 Casull, ok, a whole other thing I would suppose
not suggesting you practice with 38 target wadcutters in a 6" Blackhawk as a substitute for 357s in an DAO airweight snubbie, either

respects

wow6599
April 18, 2011, 10:16 PM
Time for a shameless picture of my 3" beauty.........
BTW, a new front sight helps these little guns a lot; mine has a Meprolight front.

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm31/wow6599/2010-12-04181105.jpg

Black Butte
April 18, 2011, 11:24 PM
The SP-101 is Chuck Norris' carry gun. Enough said.

NMGonzo
April 19, 2011, 04:01 PM
If I had to sell everything else, I would keep the sp.

The_Shootist
April 19, 2011, 04:42 PM
Probably had mine for 10 years now in the 3" config. Ignore any bad press about the trigger and JUST SHOOT IT. The trigger will smooth out VERY nicely.

Its funny, but the .357 round I like the most in this is the CCI Blazer in .357 158 gr HP's. Seems to be a beefier 38 spl +P round but still easy enough on the hands and controllable for good followups. Yeah, I could spend more for BB or other stout SD ammo, but I figure if I can hit with the Blazer, I'm sure it will do the trick!

Cosmoline
April 19, 2011, 05:16 PM
I agree that you should shoot what you carry, and shoot it a LOT. You need a lot of training and practice to get sufficiently good with a short gun, esp. a short barreled revolver. The recoil of the magnum rounds is important for training because it will reveal problems in stances, aiming, and concentration. Assume every little problem, including problems from recoil, will be magnified by five in a real self defense situation.

If the magnums are not to your liking, by all means carry and practice with .38 special. The LSWCHP's are an excellent defense round and the SP absorbs their recoil very well.

skidder
April 21, 2011, 01:44 AM
S&W Glamor, Colt Class, and Ruger Strength. The Rugers may not be as pretty or as Hollywood as the others, but when it comes to strength and reliability argue all you want, I know the truth......:rolleyes:

No side plate on these bad boys they are all double sided frames. I don't know about those new plastic lcr's but the others have no match when it comes to strength.

CajunBass
April 21, 2011, 06:26 AM
I'd like to have the time and the money to shoot a gun, most any gun really, enough to worry about wearing it out.

I'd brag about it. :D

You won't hurt it.

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