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Ruger SP101 in .38 Spl

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Deaf Smith, Feb 2, 2013.

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  1. Delawarean

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    .38 just as strong?

    Any reason why you couldn't use hot .38s in a .38 SP101?
     
  2. Deaf Smith

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    I use hot .38s in my SP-101 .357 all the time.

    The Ruger folks found out early that the .38 SP-101 was so strong it could take magnums. In fact the first .357 SP-101s were on the .38 frame and stamped "125 Gr. Bullet" on the side cause 158gr slugs were to long.

    So you see, those .38 SP-101s are plenty strong for any .38 load you could dream up!

    Deaf
     
  3. sidheshooter

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    Well now, if people are going to start posting pics of their short frame SPs/SPNYs...

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  4. Deaf Smith

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    Got it!

    It's a 570-xxxxx. Total cost of $319.

    I also got the Browning High Power at another shop for $645 (tax inc.), including the origination box, papers, 2 'Bill Clinton' 10 shot mags, 1 Browning 13 shot mag, and two South Aferican military 15 shot mags,. The P-35 was almost mint cond.

    Yes it was an expensive day!

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    The P-35, bring so dark colored, if I used flash the SP-101 would have been blinding white!

    Deaf
     

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    You could make a damn good argument for that pair being all you *really* need with regard to carry pieces. Congrats on the catches!
     
  6. Lucky Derby

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    That's the truth. 99% of the time I have either my 3" SP101 or one of my HPs on me.
    DeafSmith-Nice pair of sidearms you got there.
     
  7. Orion8472

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    Thanks for posting the pic.

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  8. PabloJ

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    Looked over SP101 six-shot 3" 32H&R magnum. Nice revolver in caliber I have never heard of. I recon it would make very nice woman revolver.
     
  9. Deaf Smith

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    Sid, Lucky,

    Actually you are quite right.

    My normal carry is a Glock 26 and S&W 642.

    The big gun is the winder gun, main gun, house gun, etc..
    And the small gun ones summer gun, backup gun, spare gun for wife.

    But dang it... they don't make'em anymore! That SP-101 570- number also has a zero after the dash. First year production and a low one at that. And the P-35? I see them on Guns America for $899. Even Britain has now gone to the Glock to replace the P-35.

    Anyway I shot them today. 10 yards 3 inch black bullseye. All shots from BOTH guns dead in. The SP-101, with Winchester 130 gr FMU actually put three of the five in the red dot (1/2 inch size.) The P-35 used 115 gr reloads and while not quite as accurate as the SP-101 I bet I just need to get used to it.

    Soon I'll go and clean them up and put them to bed in the safe.

    Deaf
     
  10. Trent

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    Deaf, since you seem to have every Ruger ever made....

    The grips on my SP-101 tear the HELL out of my thumb knuckle when I shoot 158gr loads. (Still bruised and sore after 3 days, and I only shot 10 rounds).

    I've got big hands so my thumb comes down at an angle, and the little "knob" pointy part on the top of the thumb recess rides the inside of my thumb knuckle under recoil. With 125's it's not a big deal until I've shot about 50 rounds, but with 158's it is IMMEDIATE and PAINFUL to shoot.

    Any aftermarket grips you (or any others) would recommend for bigger handed fellows? Something SMOOTH that didn't have a point like the stock ones would be great.
     
  11. Deaf Smith

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    Ooh! Those have finger ribbing too. That was another thing I wanted but forgot to mention. (Recoil on those 158's was making the muzzle flip up a LOT more than I'd like, but squeezing the damn thing to death to try to stop it doesn't help my wobble....)

    Thank you very much Deaf!!!!
     
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