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Ruger SP101: A Thousand Shots Later...

Discussion in 'Ruger Club' started by Stephen A. Camp, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Deceased

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    Hello. Four years ago I wound up with a NIB Ruger SP101 with the 3 1/16" barrel. Almost exclusively an S&W revolver shooter, I was not sure if I'd keep the thing or not, but do admit that there was sort of an "instant attraction" to the little .357 after handling it.

    I shot it during a few range trips and then wound up doing an initial evaluation of the gun. Here's the link should anyone want it read it:

    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/Ruger SP101 Report.htm

    I also used it as one of the "test guns" when trying out Corbon's then-new .357 Magnum 125-gr. DPX ammunition:

    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/Corbon 357 Magnum 125 gr DPX Ammo.htm

    Since those reports, I've continued to shoot the little thing off and on, but not with great amounts of ammunition each range session, but over time, my somewhat skimpy notes indicate that it has put at least another thousand rounds of 357 ammunition downrange.

    If interested, here's report on the same SP101 and a few minor alterations I've had done to it:

    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/range_report - Ruger SP101 - A Thousand Rnds Later.htm

    Best.
     
  2. Eyescream

    Eyescream hates you

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    Excellent series of reviews, Mr Camp. I love mine.
     


  3. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    Crap, I got some catching up to do.
    I'm around maybe 500 rounds.:crying:
     
  4. den888

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    Great review. Ruger revolvers are built like tanks.
     
  5. Fantastic review. Thank you VERY much for sharing your experience. The SP101 is on my "need to get" list. I'm leaning toward the shorter barrel... Undecided as of yet.
     
  6. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Deceased

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    Hello and thanks very much. I am glad that the article was of use.

    Best.
     
  7. G33

    G33 Frisky! Millennium Member CLM

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    Thanks Stephen.
    Always a pleasure.
    :wavey::wavey:


    One day I will find a 9mm 101.
     
  8. Magus

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    Love the SP101. It's built like a friggin' bank vault. Got one last year, but traded it for something that was a little more rare at the time knowing I'd get another SP101 at some point. Long story.

    Anyway, happily I got some gift certificates for Christmas that were good at my local gunshop. Used those towards another SP101, which I got just about 2 weeks ago. They're all built great, this one seems slightly better than the previous one I owned.

    It's my constant companion. It makes a great carry gun or a BUG. You just can't go wrong w/ a SP101. Quite possibly the best all around snubby revolver ever made.
     
  9. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

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    My wife shoots a S&W 38 but I don't like it, too light. I have often thought of a SP101 (I think it is stainless) for the extra weight. I was thinking it would be easier to shoot for fun in .357. I have the .357 barrel for my G27 and I don't see any difference from the .40.
    Still thinking.
     
  10. Eyescream

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    Yeah, I carry mine more than I carry just about anything else. Love it.
     
  11. Eyescream

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    They're really great little guns. .357 Magnum picks up where .357 SIG leaves off, as far as how much oomph you can get out of the round. The Ruger's as toughly-built a gun as you'll find.
     
  12. mickys

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    Very nice Web site, packed with loads of insights and information, Stephen. Thanks for the effort. I read and enjoyed many of the articles.

    I did note the photos in the My Choice in "Plastic Pistols" offering were not showing up. Don't know if you are aware of that issue.
     
  13. Stephen A. Camp

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    Hello, mickys and thank you for the compliments. I check on the article you mentioned and the pictures were visible. (Perhaps there was a problem with the hosting company for a while? I know that some of their equipment apparently wasn't working over the past day or two due to very skewed numbers of "unique visitors" to the site.

    Best.
     
  14. stopatrain

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  15. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Very nice indeed. I love mine, and it is very accurate. We had shot some pretty good distances with this one, and it is a very good shooter. I liked your write ups, and you did a fine job on the gun make over as well...


    Good post.


    Stay safe



    CanyonMan
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2010
  16. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Deceased

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    Thanks very much. Glad the post was of interest.

    Best.