SP101 3 1/16, 3rd Range Trip, tell me it ain't so.


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show_me_2nd
February 26, 2012, 06:06 PM
3rd range trip today with my 3" SP101 .357. This is my first wheel gun. I'm already shooting better with this gun than any of my semi-autos and I don't know why. I put a 1 inch orange sticky dot on a hanging cardboard silhouette and ran it out to 10 yards. On the 14th shot (WWB 38 spl +P) the sticky dot vanished. I've only been shooting for about 1 year and have yet to do that with one of my semis at 10 yards. This is one great little gun IMHO. I guess I need lot's more practice with the semis.

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InfamousLegend
February 26, 2012, 06:10 PM
I've always thought a revolver was naturally more accurate than an auto loader. Granted there is a small gap between the cylinder and the barrel, but you don't have to work with a a sliding bolt to extract the bullet.

Almost like bolt action versus semi auto when it comes to rifles and accuracy.

460Kodiak
February 27, 2012, 10:05 AM
This is my first wheel gun. I'm already shooting better with this gun than any of my semi-autos and I don't know why.

It's because a revolver brings out the best in all of us and are just better than semi-autos. Just kidding of course. I love my revolvers. Before I ever bought a handgun I always thought I'd be into semis. At the last minute I did a flip flop and bought a SP101 with a 3" bbl. I love that gun and have been a revolver lover ever since. I have two semis, and see them pretty much as tools only. The revolvers get babied.

Maybe that's because I haven't bought a 1911 yet. Soon..........

SorenityNow
February 27, 2012, 10:44 AM
Are you shooting single or double action?? Im thinkin of picking up that same weapon. I already own a gp100 chambered for 357. So its kind a toss up of a sp101 for a shootable family gun or a 1911 for fun..haha

Elm Creek Smith
February 27, 2012, 11:21 AM
Real men shoot wheel guns real(ly) well.

ECS

SOUTHPAW
February 27, 2012, 11:32 AM
I can make a 1" hole with 5 rounds in any of my semi's but can't shoot my revolvers for ******. Go figure... :confused:

Elm Creek Smith
February 27, 2012, 12:18 PM
To start with, you're probably using the wrong hand!:D

ECS

hdbiker
February 27, 2012, 01:03 PM
your lucky,I worked 5 differant bullets and 5 differant powders over 6 months to find a accurate load to hit to point of aim with my SP101,2 1/8 inch .357 at 10 yds.But now Im a happy camper.7.8 grains of Unique under a 140 grain Hornady hollow point.No ball of fire or stinging hands and it yealds just over 1100 FPS. biker

Cosmoline
February 27, 2012, 01:45 PM
For me, revolvers give better groups because I have more flexibility in customizing stocks and hand grips. The only semis I shoot really well are small single stacks, because I can get around them and lock my hands in place. But even they aren't as good for me as a Speed Six with the T-grips.

MCgunner
February 27, 2012, 01:55 PM
A common revolver will shoot 1" at 25 yards off the bench. Danged few autos will match that. I much prefer revolvers for outdoor carry, also much more versatile in the loads they will take without malfunction. You can load light for small game, heavy for big game with no function problems.

DA takes practice. I've been doing it for near 40 years now, kinda figured it out in that length of time. SA is for long shots, but up close, DA all the way and I can put them where it counts post haste. My Taurus 66s, medium frame guns, are tack drivers and big enough to soak up the recoil of heavy magnum loads. Both have good DA triggers and are very controllable. They have adjustable sights.

I had a SP101, 2.3". I sold it back to my SIL when he got back from Iraq. It was a shooter, 2" at 25 yards off the bench (great for such a short sight radius) and hit POA with .38 wadcutter AND heavy magnum loads from 140 to 180 grains. That gun was impressive, but I'd promised my SIL I'd sell it back to him. The sighting and POA might have been a fluke, I guess. I have a 3" Taurus 66 I carry and like a lot, only slightly more pain than the SP101 to tote and and extra round in the cylinder. It shoots near POA with .38s when adjusted for magnums, near enough that I don't mess with the sight when shooting .38s. It's about an inch low at 25 with wadcutters and an inch high with +P when sighted for a 140 Speer JHP .357 over 17 grains 2400. My 3" puts 'em into 1.5" at 25 and my 4" 66 will shoot them into an inch. The only centerfire auto I've ever shot that could rival that is a Ruger KP90DC which I like a lot, too. :D A very accurate auto will do 2" at 25 and the Glocks I've messed with were capable of that.

It's just all in how good you are with DA and how much you practice, but yes, on the average, I find revolvers mechanically more accurate than autos.

Ghost Tracker
February 27, 2012, 02:22 PM
*Disclaimer - The following statements are rule-of-thumb generalities. Revolvers have fixed barrels. Most autoloader barrels (except blowback designs) have some method of link/pivot. That variation of barrel-position repeatability is the major contributor to revolvers being inherently more accurate than autoloaders. Handgun World Records for both speed and accuracy are predominately held by wheelguns.

Dr_B
February 27, 2012, 02:46 PM
The GP100 and SP101 models are just great guns all around. They're tough, fairly easy to customize, and a lot of people find them easy to shoot. I recommend them to people who want to get their first handgun. .38's in a GP100 are fun all day long. A newbie can have a lot of fun and learn how to run it without being scared away by recoil.

I had an SP101 that I didn't really use for anything, and wanted a larger 4-inch barreled revolver. So I got a GP100. Love the trigger on that thing. 3-inch steel spinner targets at 25 yards with .357 mag loads, no problem. Got to do it single-action to hit those spinners, but even double-action the groups are within 6 inches.

Deaf Smith
February 27, 2012, 11:04 PM
A good revolver with good ammo will outshoot a Glock IF FIRED SINGLE ACTION, SLOW FIRE.

But for rapid combat shooting, the Glock will usually win.

And yes guys, I have lots of revolvers and Glocks and made expert in IDPA with both (the Glock 26 AND Ruger Speed Six.)

Deaf

harmon rabb
February 27, 2012, 11:11 PM
I've always thought a revolver was naturally more accurate than an auto loader. Granted there is a small gap between the cylinder and the barrel, but you don't have to work with a a sliding bolt to extract the bullet.

Almost like bolt action versus semi auto when it comes to rifles and accuracy.
Different guns work different for different people. I love revolvers as much as anybody on this forum. Have a 3" SP101 and love it.

BUT... I shoot better with a decent 1911 than just about anything. As such, it's rare that I choose my SP101 over my EMP. And when I do, it's when I load the SP101 with the nasty ****, and acknowledge that I'm trading firepower for horsepower. In no world would I ever load my SP101 with, say, 38spl, and pick it over my EMP. Best thing about that SP101 is that I can load it with overpressure 357.

show_me_2nd
February 28, 2012, 09:50 PM
>> SorenityAre you shooting single or double action?? Im thinkin of picking up that same weapon. I already own a gp100 chambered for 357. So its kind a toss up of a sp101 for a shootable family gun or a 1911 for fun..haha
I start out single, two hands isosceles grip. then later for fun, left hand goes in the pocket and I shoot 25 or so double action one hand, wishing I had another SP101 for the left hand so I could go full Josey Wales on the target.

Trad Archer
February 29, 2012, 09:43 PM
Revolvers rule!

qcsmitty
February 29, 2012, 10:20 PM
Congratulations. You've purchased one of the best guns on the planet.

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