Thinking about the sp101

Discussion in 'Ruger Revolver Forums' started by micheal88kraemer, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. micheal88kraemer

    micheal88kraemer New Member

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    I was looking through revolvers and found the sp101 ruger 357 model 5771. Does anyone have this revolver if so for someone new to revolvers how is it?
     

  2. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    The SP101 is a really good gun but expect with the stock grips it can be a real handful shooting 357 mag loads. But most guns are a handful when shooting 357 magnum rounds. I had an SP101 in 327 magnum and first thing I did after shooting it only three times with 327 mag rounds was order a set of Hogue tamer grips for it. They made a world of difference in felt recoil. The SP101 is a bit lighter than the GP100 so felt recoil is a bit more.
    Like most all Ruger revolvers the SP101 is built like a tank for long lasting durability.
    BTW The stock SP101 double action trigger is heavier than I liked. Many here have had trigger kits installed and said that made the trigger much better.
     
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  3. micheal88kraemer

    micheal88kraemer New Member

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    Awesome I'm either buying this or a 1911. Haven't made up my mind yet.
     
  4. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    1911s are hard to beat,
    My favorite handguns.

    but, that Sp101
    cant be beat as far as revolvers go.

    Sig 1911 Ultra Carry, and Springfield A1 1911 Range Officer.
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    Jim
     
  5. SavageGuy

    SavageGuy Active Member

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    I've had experience with the sp101 in the same configuration you mention above. Very well constructed, very rugged, reliable, and typical Ruger quality. Highly recommended for what it is. I don't know what you want it for though. It is a handful with .357 mag, especially my 180 grain h110 handloads. Those kick.

    I do enjoy the sights, they're nice and easy to pick up.

    BTW, don't buy it from Cabela’s. Better deals can be found.
     
  6. MagBlackhawk

    MagBlackhawk Patriot

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    micheal88kraemer,
    Yeah the SP101 is a Good Solid revolver. You can expect a lifetime of reliable shooting from one.

    As for a 1911 or an SP101 ... tough call.

    I've yet to put my hands on an Ultra in 9mm.
    When I do, if it feels good to me it will be my next SD pistol. I'm starting to save up for it now.

    Hi Jim! :Cooltu: ..... Nice pistols you got there and good to hear from you. :Cooltu:


    :usa:
     
  7. micheal88kraemer

    micheal88kraemer New Member

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    I'm also looking at a ruger red hawk 45 long colt.
     
  8. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Member

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    I have a SP101 2.5" barrel with hammer in .357 mag. Easy to conceal. Awesome gun!!!
     
  9. nickndfl

    nickndfl Active Member

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    I have the SP101 with 1.25" barrel in .357 mag. Very versatile as you can also shoot .38 special in it. I spent $10 for Wolfe springs, a Hogue grip $15 and polished it up inside and out.

    A stock pistol will have a heavy trigger, but the action is smooth. I went light and it shoots .38 special like a velvet pillow.

    I would buy the SP because if you look you can find a new one for around $425 on GB. A decent 1911 will be > $500.
     
  10. Wyatt3220

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    Got the 357 and 32 mag, love them both! Great strong guns.
     
  11. spikedriver

    spikedriver Active Member

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    My ex father in law carried an SP101, .357 with short barrel. He said the only problem he ever had was that he went to shoot a possum in his barn, and forgot to put earplugs in. The muzzle blast inside the barn gave him a headache for a while...
     
  12. MagBlackhawk

    MagBlackhawk Patriot

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    Hey Micheal,
    It doesn't matter which one you buy first...
    You know you're going to end up with all 3 anyway. Right? That's the way it works with guns. :D


    My wife had an SP101 w/2.25" barrel in .357. As she aged the trigger pull became too much for her.
    We sold it.
    Though the years I've sold / traded guns just so I could get something different.
    Letting go of the SP... The only gun I regret selling. Not that we needed it for anything. I just liked it.
     
  13. nickndfl

    nickndfl Active Member

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    A Wolf spring kit will lighten the trigger pull substantially. The swap is easy, but it takes a bit of effort to reassemble the pistol. The first time you do it, it may take 30-45 minutes. The second time it will take < 10.
     
  14. 67stingray

    67stingray Member

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    Don't be shy, mortgage the house and buy the SP101, 1911 and the Redhawk.
     
  15. nickndfl

    nickndfl Active Member

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    Everybody should own at least one revolver and the SP101 is like the Honda Accord of them.
     

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  16. Lucian_253

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    The sp101 & lcr .38 are my only Ruger revolvers. Usually buy S&W. that being said. The ruger's get carried the most.

    My Wife's EDC
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