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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?
 

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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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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.




Jim
 

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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.
 

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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:


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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.
 

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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...
 

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I was looking through revolvers and found the sp101 ruger 357 model 5771.
Awesome I'm either buying this or a 1911.
I'm also looking at a ruger red hawk 45 long colt.
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.
 

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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.
 
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