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Bought this nice, NIB, SP-101 yesterday.

I will be taking it to the range Friday morning to run it. Gonna run .38, .38+P, and .357 through it. Thinking on getting some Hogue grips for it, but wanted to try it out all stock first. Will post up a report this weekend.

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I think you will like it. It’s my favorite centerfire revolver, but mine is the 3" version. And the Hogue grips are a good addition. Makes full house 357’s a bit more fun to shoot!

Mine shoots 140 grain 357 mag reloads to point of aim. Same with 125 grain +P 38 specials. 158 grain 38 special "cowboy" loads shoot pretty high.

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I think you will like it. I've carried a S&W J-Frame for a lot of years. But it will sting your hand when using the hotter .357 loads.

The ruger is a little stouter, and when you put the hogue grips on there, it should make those hotter loads more manageable.

Nice looking revolver.
 
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Yep I totally agree on replacing the grips. I shot my SP101 only 3 rounds of 327 magnum before I put it up and ordered Hogue Tammers to replace the stock plastic grips. Made a huge difference in felt recoil.
I also suggest doing a trigger job on it so DA isn't so darn heavy.

SP101 models are built like a precision tank and looks like a centerfold.
 
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Spend $12 and swap the 2 springs with lighter Wolffe brand. You will find a brand new SP-101 very tight when reassembling, but will shoot like a velvet pillow with a lighter trigger. Definitely a class act with .38 special in that frame.
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I put Wilson Combat springs in mine. The factory spring is 14 pounds. Wilson Combat sends a 10 and a 12 pound spring. I run the 10 and have no ignition problems.
 

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I picked up a few extra speed strips, and a Fobus Kydex paddle holster as well...what can I say, I like the paddles. I do have a decent Bianchi leather rig for it as well, but really like the retention of the paddles.
 
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