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Ruger SP101 .38 special 2"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MagnumDweeb, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. MagnumDweeb

    MagnumDweeb Participating Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Central Florida
    Well I've unfortunately become the guy who buys guns around my friends and their parents so I got offered a gun last night.

    A buddy of mines dad has a Ruger SP101 .38 special 2". After I cleaned it I realized the gun was practically mint, the bore was pristine, the mechanics functioned great, etc. etc..

    So he asked what I would want for it. Okay so I got jammed there, I was supposed to only be coming over to clean the gun up for him as nice thing so he could get a good price for it. He'd already taken it to the local gun stores and got offered as much as $100. I did the usual auctions gunbroker speech.

    He's not hurting for money, it's just sitting in the back of his safe going unused and he says he's had it since the late 80s. He wants to upgrade to a 642 or 638. He doesn't want to take it to a gunshow and he knows I don't sell guns privately, sure I'll buy them but if they ever leave my possession voluntarily it'll be through gunbroker and FFL dealer.

    Oh and while I've made the post could anyone send me or post the link for that website that measures ammo performance by the inch out of Thompson Contender barrels I think, much obliged.

    I told him $200 but I wasn't quite ready to be buying another gun for a myriad of reasons.

    If I do get the gun though I have some fanciful ideas. I don't remember where I read it but I believe that Ruger found out there SP101 .38 specials could handle most 125 grain .357 magnum rounds without any alterations other than a stamp saying so on the gun(I'd call Ruger first and get straight info on that before I did it). Granted if I could I'd want to stick with the 110 Grain Winchester JHP .357 magnum Personal Protection rounds I put through my Ruger SP101 3" and Rossi 462 2".

    From there maybe send it to Ruger sans the cylinder to have a new cylinder installed while sending off the original to be converted to 9mm(scratch that 9mm revolver itch) and while the .38 special I believe is supposed to measure 9x28(.357 magnum measuring 9x33), I'd look into whether or not the cylinder could handle and be modified for 9x23 Winchester.

    A 9x23 Winchester 125 grain at 1450 fps out of a five inch barrel might be lucky to get 1150 fps out of a 2" inch revolver barrel but you still have to respect the nastiness of the performance. Also maybe have Ruger install one of those spurless hammers and keep the original. I figure at day's end it'd be a nasty little carjacker deterrent.

    I've got lunch with a lawyer tomorrow to discuss being a Family Mediator(got my certification for Florida just last week) so if it goes well, wish me luck, I'm certainly without a doubt picking up the little revolver and making it my always truck gun where legal to have it.

    The other great things is I can and do commonly carry my Ruger SP101 3" in my jeans pockets so I could pocket carry this one as well. A Ruger in each pocket.
  2. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Mentor

    Sep 26, 2006
    all over Virginia
    You are doing the guy a favor if you buy it at a higher price than the other offers.

    Buy it.
  3. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    I am not a Ruger guy but you have better believe I would buy that ASAP
  4. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Senior Elder

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    Excellent deal on that one. Just peruse gunbroker.

    I like the 9x23 modification idea.
  5. Legionnaire

    Legionnaire Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    If as nice as you say, I'd go $250 without batting an eye. The SP101 is a pussycat with .38 specials.
  6. Cemo

    Cemo New Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Don't fire a 110/125 gr .357 mag load in your .38 cylinder, the cylinder would have to be bored out first. If I remember correctly people found that the gun was really strong and were boring out the length of the cylinder to handle the longer 125 gr .357 rounds. Ruger found out about it and so they bored the length of their cylinders out too. These guns were marked 125 gr .357 Mag. on the barrel. Shortly thereafter, Ruger went ahead and lengthen the frame and installed a longer cylinder to enable the SP to handle full length .357's. Regardless, you can shoot .38 +P's and have a very nice gun. I bought and still have one of the early lengthen frame/cylinder SP101's and just recently bought a new one for my wife. Wish I had bought one of the .22's when they were making them. It is my most carried pistol. Just recently I saw one of the 125 gr .357s at a gun show.

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