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gunsnrovers
10-30-2007, 9:57 AM
Been itching for a SP101 for a while, but wanted it in .38spl only and didn't feel like paying new prices. Finally picked one up the other day.

Home for a complete tear down, cleaning, and new Wolff springs. Range trip to confirm reliability. Set up with my 158gr +P Federal Nyclads and it's ready to report for house duty.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k158/mrbieler/sp101_1.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k158/mrbieler/sp101_2.jpg

Any good source for grip inserts? Lett Custom Grips is evidently out of business. :(

Exiledviking
10-30-2007, 10:35 AM
Very nice!

My wife and I have one each in .357Mag. I added the Crimson Trace grips to mine. Ended up working over the backstrap of the CTs with a soldering iron to get more grip.
It is a hoot to fire with the 145 grain SilverTips.
Can you say FIREBALL!?:punk:

bwiese
10-30-2007, 11:08 AM
For a 'belly gun', you will find this very accurate at the range with quality loads.

Quite fun to shoot. It's one of Ruger's better guns.

Don't plan on it ever wearing out :)

Exiledviking
10-30-2007, 11:28 AM
I wish they would make it a 6-shot...
Even if it had to be limited .38Spec +P ONLY.

bwiese
10-30-2007, 11:41 AM
I wish they would make it a 6-shot...
Even if it had to be limited .38Spec +P ONLY.

Easy.

Get a 3" GP100 variant with the shorter/stubbier grips, and have the bbl cut down/recrownd to 2.5" (or whatever the SP101 is) by a smith.

And while he's at it, the smith can burnish out the 'billboard' safety warnings on the bbl.

dfletcher
10-30-2007, 2:53 PM
Very nice - I like the 101. Even with a bobbed hammer they look right, one of the very few DA revolvers to not look chopped up that way. Instead of the 357, I'd go for the 38 also.

bwiese
10-30-2007, 3:25 PM
Those 38Spl SP101s will handle hot +P+ rounds just fine.

gunsnrovers
10-30-2007, 3:46 PM
Yeah, it's a little tank. It will eat up +p's all day long.

It's 6.5oz lighter (loaded) then our other house gun, this little Model 15.
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k158/mrbieler/home_protection.jpg

OC Gunner
10-30-2007, 4:05 PM
Nice Ruger. Thinking about adding one of those to my collection. Are any after market stocks for it though? I'm not digging the OEM ones.

gunsnrovers
10-30-2007, 4:07 PM
Lett made some nice inserts and there are some replacements. Eagle and Badger come to mind.

I want to track down some Lett's, but no dice so far. :(

Thunderhawk
10-30-2007, 4:20 PM
I love mine. It's a fun gun to shoot, and great to carry.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/Thunderhawk88/RugerSP101-6.jpg

Knauga
10-30-2007, 6:16 PM
I have the SPNY DAO version. Great gun, can't go wrong with it! Gotta love a revolver that you can field strip ;)

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n276/knauga/SPNY2.jpg

The Hogue grips make the thing an extension of your hand... didn't care much for the standard stocks.

CalgunsRocks
10-30-2007, 7:37 PM
revolver you can field strip? i don't know much about revolvers but does that you can't field strip s&w revolvers?

mike100
10-30-2007, 7:44 PM
I would like to have one again. I'd trade my redhawk straight across for one if the opportunity arose.

bwiese
10-30-2007, 7:46 PM
revolver you can field strip? i don't know much about revolvers but does that you can't field strip s&w revolvers?

The Ruger SP101/GP100 trigger system comes out as a module with not much work. Not sure if crane/cylinder removal requires a screw loosened or not - a S&W does.

By contrast, S&W wheelguns don't 'field strip' - just usu loading/unloading behavior - you can pop open the cylinder, exercise the extractor, and that's about it.

However, most people shouldn't be mucking w/revolver internals anyway, as there's no need. On any wheelgun, just keep the cylinder bores and barrel clean and keep the area under the extractor start clean. Clean on the frame rear breechface (that faces case heads in cylinder) and lube the extractor rod where it fits in the cylinder. Put some oil in the trigger/hammer action area.

Knauga
10-30-2007, 8:26 PM
No tools required. The only thing that you need is a paper clip or the little clip that is in the factory grips to relieve the pressure on the main spring.

You want to field strip it just in case you need use the frame to hammer some nails :D

dfletcher
10-30-2007, 9:18 PM
revolver you can field strip? i don't know much about revolvers but does that you can't field strip s&w revolvers?

I think the only "field stripping" most people would feel comfortable doing is removing the grips and removing the cylinder. The grips will come off with a screwdriver, as will the screw that secures the cylinder yoke, but that forward screw can be easily damaged if the correct screwdriver is not used. I think beyond that - and the same applies to Colt - and you're getting a bit beyond field stripping.

atavuss
10-31-2007, 4:38 PM
gunsnrovers,
nice looking Ruger! could we see more pics of the Rover too?

Parag
10-31-2007, 6:27 PM
However, most people shouldn't be mucking w/revolver internals anyway, as there's no need.

Good grief - what kind of engineer are you? Anything with screws in it *must* be disassembled! After all, how can you see what's inside it if you don't take it apart?!?

-- Parag

(P.S. Do I really need a smiley?)

Knauga
10-31-2007, 7:26 PM
Springs, pins and detents... no screws :D

gunsnrovers
11-05-2007, 8:46 AM
My wife something less "butch" for the pistol so I found her some custom inserts in her favorite color:

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k158/mrbieler/SP101_inserts.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k158/mrbieler/SP101_inserts2.jpg