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JK-linux
05-25-2009, 09:23
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Narkcop
05-27-2009, 20:03
When I carried a S&W J Frame .357 I always liked the Winchester White Box 110 grain .357 load. It was just enough to be a magnum but didn't hurt your hand when shooting.

Tazisland
05-27-2009, 20:19
I have recently gone to the new Hornady 38 SPL+P 110 gr FTX also known as their Critical Defense line. Like the accuracy and clean burning/low flash of this round out of my 2 1/4" barrel.

If they aren't exagerating about the expansion...
http://www.hornady.com/images/newproducts/2009/critical_defense_mushrooms.jpg
then this will replace my Gold Dots as my fav.
Hard to find, so I stock both right now.:supergrin:

Ak.Hiker
05-27-2009, 23:43
One of my favorite loads for an all round carry load in my 3 1/16 inch SP 101 is the Double Tap 158 grain Gold Dot. When woods walking its loaded with the Buffalo Bore or Grizzley 180 grain cast load. For a load that offers less penetration and more expansion the Federal 125 grain JHP is a good pick. Full power loads are no problem in the SP 101. It is a very tough little gun.

JK-linux
05-28-2009, 05:45
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Berto
05-28-2009, 09:56
I load .357 125gr Gold Dots right now, because that's all I have, backed by a speedloader of +P+ 147gr .38sp.

Marlin Mike
05-28-2009, 10:26
Federal 357 125 gr HP here. Recoil is stiff but manageable. I tried Win 145gr Silvertip and second shots were just too slow. Carry what is accurate in your gun and what you are comfortable shooting with. Not what everybody thinks you should carry.

Chup
05-28-2009, 13:23
Mine has the old Federal 125 357 load. It's like shooting a hand held Canon with these. I also use Corbon 125 357. Any 125 357 load that is accurate from my gun would do.

Ak.Hiker
05-28-2009, 23:58
For me the hot 125's seem to have more recoil than the 158's. The DT 158 is a little hotter than most other factory loads in the same weight but I still think the Federal 125 is more of a handfull. For the hot 180's I like the Hogue Monogrips on my SP 101. With the standard grips my finger hits the trigger guard when shooting the hotter 180's. No problem at all with the 125's or 158's when using the standard grips. For less recoil I see DT loads a pretty hot 38 Special +P loaded with a 125 grain Gold Dot bullet. If recoil is a problem their are some very good options on the market. Nothing wrong with the old 38 Special +P 158 grain LSWCHP FBI load.

mesteve2
06-15-2009, 15:29
I am thinking of get a SP-101 with a 3" barrel?

What do you think?

Would be a second gun!

JK-linux
06-15-2009, 18:39
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Hydraulicman
06-19-2009, 21:19
Those little rugers are cool. If it says .357 magnum on the barrel . I shoot magnum loads all day. I show it no mercy.

Hydraulicman
07-07-2009, 19:06
I am thinking of get a SP-101 with a 3" barrel?

What do you think?

Would be a second gun!


I think they are the best thing going. As far as compact .357 magnum for hot weather or deep concealment.

I'd love to get a 3 1/16" version

sideshowbob
08-19-2009, 22:53
I guess I am a bit old school, I use Federal 38 +P LSWCHP

Hydraulicman
08-21-2009, 16:36
.38+P is a good choice

I'm going to buy some 125 grain .357 mags soon. If i want .38 special i shoot my .38 smith and wesson


I like my ruger more and more as i shoot it. Its pretty easy on the hand and i can carry magnums with serious stopping power

fowler
08-25-2009, 18:06
125gr 357 mags hp,s or in the woods 158hard lead swc,s 357 mag, 7grs. of Unique.

Phlegm
08-25-2009, 19:01
I guess I am a bit old school, I use Federal 38 +P LSWCHP

Similar load here, I have been carrying Buffalo Bore's +P LSWCHP.

katana8869
08-25-2009, 19:21
Speer Short Barrel 135gr .357 Gold Dots in my 2 1/4" SP-101

carbofan21
08-25-2009, 21:23
Speer Short Barrel 135gr .357 Gold Dots in my 2 1/4" SP-101

i shot some of these last weekend, along with the .38 +p version, for comparison. honestly, there didn't seem to be much more recoil with the .357, i was very surprised. both rounds were fired from a 3" 686+

apparenty speer uses the same 135 grain bullet for both the .38 +p and the .357 loads

50 Cent
08-29-2009, 08:38
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.

Ak.Hiker
08-30-2009, 23:28
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.

just for fun
09-02-2009, 13:59
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!

50 Cent
09-03-2009, 16:20
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.

Ak.Hiker
09-04-2009, 00:29
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.

50 Cent
09-04-2009, 18:18
Now if only Blazer .357 ammo would start returning to the shelves :supergrin:

Rex G
09-06-2009, 14:17
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.)

Ak.Hiker
09-06-2009, 21:50
Good info from Rex G. I think it is even better when it comes from someone that carried a 357 for years.

50 Cent
09-07-2009, 18:27
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.

tinman2
10-04-2009, 08:01
Has anyone tried the Hornady 357 magnum 140 grain FTX LEVERevolution round in their SP101?

clarkstoncz
10-18-2009, 21:13
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.

http://onfinite.com/libraries/1395060/4c1.jpg

However, the DAO SP was far less accurate in my hands than the
sweet shooting 3 incher of old.
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb26/czrami/vacation/k45.jpg

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.
http://onfinite.com/libraries/1343503/03d.jpg

My last two SP-101s (and a 637) have went towards buying more CZs.
The SP is still a sharp looking handgun.
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb26/czrami/CZ%20PICS/HighNoon357-5.jpg
Hopefully..Ruger will offer that aluminum framed SP-101 in 2010, or they
will chamber the LCR in .357.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb26/czrami/vacation/k452.jpg

ithaca_deerslayer
01-25-2010, 11:26
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?

bucktooth7
01-29-2010, 23:43
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

thisaway
02-03-2010, 16:42
I currently have my 2.25-inch DAO filled with Federal .357 125-gr. HydraShocks.

GLOCK4536
09-26-2010, 10:14
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.
thanks!

Chup
09-26-2010, 13:05
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.

cowboywannabe
09-26-2010, 13:17
remington 125gr. sjhp

Ak.Hiker
09-27-2010, 00:49
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?

Chup
09-27-2010, 03:47
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.

Dogguy
10-12-2010, 13:00
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.

mrt949
08-21-2011, 06:23
Excelent thread

2740dmx
08-23-2011, 05:07
My DAO SP101 is stoked with either: Buffalo Bore 158gr, .38+P LSWCHP
OR..
Speer Gold Dot 135gr .357 magnum (short barrel)

I tend to keep it loaded with the .38+Ps, so that should I ever need to reload under pressure....
The .38 brass will eject easier (shorter length), and I carry a speed reloader full of the Speer .357

SGT HATRED
08-23-2011, 05:31
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q37/Merlin-X/glock045.jpg

eltee
08-29-2011, 20:08
I have the sp101 3 inch bbl. in .357. The w/w 110 grain are ok, and w/w 145 gr silvertips are too, but the gun kicks back more. But I like the Remington Golden Sabers best. They are a med velocity load, but in shorter bbls come close to the full power loads, with much less blast.

Ak.Hiker
08-29-2011, 22:53
The 125 grain GS is a good choice for lower recoil. I would not have a problem carrying them in my SP 101 as a SD load. Same with the 145 Silvertip. I have never been a fan of the 110 grain loads though.

Chup
08-30-2011, 07:05
AK. Hiker, I'm still shooting my LCR 357 and no bullet pull, no flame cutting the top strap, no problems.

Ak.Hiker
09-01-2011, 23:58
Thanks for the info on the LCR. Sounds like a great carry gun.

off road
09-02-2011, 03:46
Thanks for the info on the LCR. Sounds like a great carry gun.

While the LCR is an excellent gun in every other way, I am dissapointed in the large bulbous trigger guard that they put on it! Guns in this class are meant to be pocket carried, and that big trigger guard makes it just a bit more bulky, that it doesn't make sense for me compared to a J-frame. For IWB carry, no big deal....

writwing
09-05-2011, 07:47
Buffalo Bore Wade Cutters

LH2
09-14-2011, 02:02
Add me to the 125gr Remington Golden Sabre .357 fans. Nice medium .357 load that is quite shoot-able in the little Ruger.

PH-Wolf
11-18-2011, 11:50
I carry Remington Golden Saber 125gr .357mag in my 2 1/4" Ruger SP101. This round seems to work the best for me. Love the SP101!!!

voiceofreason
12-17-2011, 17:16
I would carry Nyclads in an SP101.

My friend carries short barrel Gold Dots in his daily. It's the one with the barrel shorter than 3", bobbed hammer.

fowler
12-18-2011, 07:40
Remmington 125gr hp or goldensaber 125gr. 357 mag. The sp101 is one of the best 357 mag snubs out there. Its hard to get a more powerfull round for self defence. Its allways been a top performer. And yes the sp101 -3" is a suberb wheelgun. These are real snubbys that you can handle shooting full power defence ammo with controlled accurate repeat shots. The SW or other airweights are useless in 357 magnum.

fowler
12-28-2011, 20:36
Full power 357 mag remington hp,s and Pachmyr compac grips best combo I have tryed in a snubby that I can shoot good. Sp101 and Compac Pachmyr,s &pancake holster% few speed strips of same ammo. A street fight stopper that works!

clfarr72
02-12-2012, 15:32
+1 to Fowlers post. That's a hard set up to beat. I used to use Cor Bon DPX 125's but the got a little pricey. Once the little supply I have left is gone it will be Golden Saber all the time. I do have a box of winchest 110's I've been wanting to try out.