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Old 08-30-2009, 23:28   #21
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Usually BB's "standard" pressure .38 spl SWCHP 158 gr. But realistically, the BB version of the FBI load might be a better choice in a heavy snubby like the SP 101.

Surprisingly enough, I fired a box of Blazer (aluminum case) 158gr HP .357 mag through my SP 101 and found it very accurate and controllable - almost pleasant to shoot. If I had some confidence as to the expansion properties of that bullet I'd be inclined to make THAT my carry load in the Ruger.
The 357 Magnum Blazer's that I have look like they are loaded with the Speer Uni-Cor JHP.
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Old 09-02-2009, 13:59   #22
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I guess I am a bit old school, I use Federal 38 +P LSWCHP
Same bullet except from Hornady ahead of 5.2 grains of 231. Oh, Yea that's a 158 gr. bullet. At one time it was the FBI load. Still works for me!
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Old 09-03-2009, 16:20   #23
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Blazers

Yeah, I looked at the Blazer website and they said they use Speer as the bullet, so at 1150 fps (out of a 4" bbl) they should be a reasonably decent "budget" SD round - likely no worse than WWB.
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Old 09-04-2009, 00:29   #24
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Yeah, I looked at the Blazer website and they said they use Speer as the bullet, so at 1150 fps (out of a 4" bbl) they should be a reasonably decent "budget" SD round - likely no worse than WWB.
And the Speer Unicore bullet hangs together real well. It is interesting that we now think of such a load as some what mild but these are the same ballistics as the original 38/44.
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Old 09-04-2009, 18:18   #25
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Grins

Now if only Blazer .357 ammo would start returning to the shelves
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Old 09-06-2009, 14:17   #26
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I usually carry full-pressure Federal 125-grain magnums in the SP101 I use for backup at work, a habit dating from I carried that load in my larger sixguns, up to 1997. That load seems to have disappeared from local shelves, so my latest box of hot 125s is Speer Gold Dot. An alternate load is the 145-grain Silvertips I used in my 4" Speed Six, as the milder Silvertips would not slam my hand so hard in recoil. (The Speed Six does not control recoil in MY hands, with Pachmayr Compac Professional grips, load for load, as an SP101.) Moreover, the 145-grain STHP hits closer to point of aim with most of my fixed-sight sixguns.

The 125-grain full-pressure loads may not have more TOTAL recoil than heavier-bullet magnum loads, but the acceleration is sudden and brutal, in my perception. I would rather shoot a Federal 180-grain Castcore than a Federal 125-grain Classic from a snubby SP101.

I recently bought a couple of boxes of the Speer 135-grain magnum load for short barrels, to try out. A look at the chrono data of the .38 and .357 Speer Short-Barrel loads shows them to be not far apart; the .357 being a true mild magnum. My right wrist is getting tired of tolerating recoil, and I don't doubt the numerous magnum loads I fired in the 1980's to late-1990's played a part in that, though my right wrist and hand have issues other than cumulative recoil causing weakness and sometimes numbness.

The Winchester 145-grain Silvertip is not a true mild magnum, but the pressure is not loaded to the firewall, either. (It has been years since I looked at the data.)
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Old 09-06-2009, 21:50   #27
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Good info from Rex G. I think it is even better when it comes from someone that carried a 357 for years.
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Old 09-07-2009, 18:27   #28
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Kinda funny - but I DID try the Winchester ST load in my SP 101. It was accurate but it just seemed follow up shots were slow due to the recoil. Admittedly I only ran one box thru it. However, its kind of a moot point - I can't seem to find ST anywhere on line to aquire to practice with. I'd use it in my 686+, but seemed a bit too stout for an efficient CCW role in my SP 101.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:01   #29
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Has anyone tried the Hornady 357 magnum 140 grain FTX LEVERevolution round in their SP101?
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Old 10-18-2009, 21:13   #30
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The 158 gr. Gold Dot from Double Tap is a real experience to shoot.
It didn't seem to have as much kick or blast out of my 2.5 inch DAO, as
my older 3 inch and the 125 gr. Cor-Bons.

The Snubbie Club

However, the DAO SP was far less accurate in my hands than the
sweet shooting 3 incher of old.
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I really like the power factor of a .357 snub, but some of the newer
38+P loads are nice, too.

As I usually try to buy a snubby of some sort each summer to play around with.
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My last two SP-101s (and a 637) have went towards buying more CZs.
The SP is still a sharp looking handgun.
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Hopefully..Ruger will offer that aluminum framed SP-101 in 2010, or they
will chamber the LCR in .357.

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Old 01-25-2010, 11:26   #31
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Has anyone tried the Hornady 357 magnum 140 grain FTX LEVERevolution round in their SP101?
I bought some for possibly deer hunting from a 6" barrel. Haven't had a chance to try them yet.

Anybody else use them?
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Old 01-29-2010, 23:43   #32
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I'm quite new to the sp101 as I've only shot it at the range once. (with this gun) I've been shooting 158 grain berrys with 5.5 grains of accurate #2 and keep 4 " patterns at 15 yards. I have no idea what the penatration or the expansion is but if you can't hit the target all of the above does not matter
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Old 02-03-2010, 16:42   #33
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I currently have my 2.25-inch DAO filled with Federal .357 125-gr. HydraShocks.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:14   #34
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Has anyone tried the Hornady 357 magnum 140 grain FTX LEVERevolution round in their SP101?
I would like to know the same. just got me a 2 1/4 sp101 and will be carrying the pdx's 38+p's right now but would love to know any thing anyone has gotten on the hornady's LEVERevolution's.
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Old 09-26-2010, 13:05   #35
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To ckarckstoncz, the LCR 357 is out and I have one. I put about 100 rounds through it Friday. It shoots great. Recoil is not bad and although I only had the target out 25' it was easy to shoot accurate. The grip takes care of the recoil. With some practice follow up shots should not be a problem. I am going to carry it in my off hand pocket as backup to my SP101. The SP has Federal 125G. 357 Classic in it but, I have Corbon DPX in the LCR. The DPX is 110G. 357 and not quit as violent as the old Federal Classic round.

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Old 09-26-2010, 13:17   #36
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Old 09-27-2010, 00:49   #37
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To ckarckstoncz, the LCR 357 is out and I have one. I put about 100 rounds through it Friday. It shoots great. Recoil is not bad and although I only had the target out 25' it was easy to shoot accurate. The grip takes care of the recoil. With some practice follow up shots should not be a problem. I am going to carry it in my off hand pocket as backup to my SP101. The SP has Federal 125G. 357 Classic in it but, I have Corbon DPX in the LCR. The DPX is 110G. 357 and not quit as violent as the old Federal Classic round.
Have you noticed any bullet pull with full power 357's in the LCR?
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:47   #38
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A few of the reloads I shot did pull. But we shot about 150 rounds. The brass has been used a few times. I don't think it will happen with factory loads especially the 110 Corbon DPX.
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Old 10-12-2010, 13:00   #39
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Bought an SP 101 a few months back. I wanted it because it is .357 Magnum, not for shooting .38 Specials. First range trip with stock grips, Fed 125 gr JHP and I decided the grips had to go or the best I could do would be +P .38 ammo. I also took a Dremel to the sharp edges of the trigger guard and a few other areas of the gun that felt hinky.

Bought some Hogue Monogrips and tried those--still those grips felt much too hard for my arthritic old hands with heavy .357 loads although the Corbon 110 gr JHP wasn't too bad.

Bought a set of Pachmayr Compaq grips and tried it again. Now the Ruger is comfortable enough for me to use with full power .357 Magnum Federal or Remington 125 gr JHP ammo. Those loads having the street rep for successful self defense, that's what I am now using. But, again, the Corbon 110 gr JHP is easier on the hand and is likely to get the job done just as well; therefore, I may just start using it when I can afford to buy a few more boxes.

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