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Old March 18th, 2017, 06:00 PM   #1
 
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SP101 3" Recoil with full power loads?

Looking into getting a SP101 with the 3 inch barrel and shooting some pretty hot stuff out of it including Buffalo Bore's 180gr 357mag Outdoorsman.

Has anyone tried these loads in their SP? How's the recoil?



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Old March 18th, 2017, 06:53 PM   #2
 
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I have shot reloads using the Cast Performance 180g bullets with a heavy charge of H110. That should be near the Buffalo Bore load. They are a handfull. They are accurate. I would not be anxious to load another cylinder. But I carry that load occasionally in a 2 in SP101. The standard grips work well for me but the way I understand is that guys with larger than average hands get a lot of pain from those grips and prefer the Hogues
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I have shot reloads using the Cast Performance 180g bullets with a heavy charge of H110. That should be near the Buffalo Bore load. They are a handfull. They are accurate. I would not be anxious to load another cylinder. But I carry that load occasionally in a 2 in SP101. The standard grips work well for me but the way I understand is that guys with larger than average hands get a lot of pain from those grips and prefer the Hogues
I've held the Sp101 in store and I don't care for the stock grips, don't like the look or the feel or the way the top of my middle finger hits the steel behind the trigger guard. I can see how that wouldn't be nice under recoil. I plan to put Hogue grips on it the moment I get it
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I enjoy shooting my SP101 with .38 special loads. Base .357 are a handful, I wouldn't want to push it too heavy.
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I have shot .357 magnum reloads using 158 grain jhp bullets out of a 3 inch SP101 recoil can be very stout!!! I would also suspect that Buffalo Bore would also be the same they also make some loads for shorter barreled revolver's such as snub to 3 inch that are suppose to be very good as well. Good luck!!!
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The recoil of these loads is fairly stout in a medium frame .357 but not really objectionable. I use a two hand hold and shoot mostly single action with these hot loads in order to test accuracy. They are accurate, loud and have a pretty good fireball but are not anything that an experienced magnum revolver shooter should have any issues with. I do shoot Buffalo Bore, +P .38 Special, 125 grain loads for practice. Mainly to control unnecessary wear and tear on the revolver frame.
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Just curious... why the short bbl and the plan for such hot, hot loads? if you need that much more oomph, why not opt for the 44 special or 41 or 44 magnum?
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My first question is " WHY? "

Heavier bullets trade velocity for mass. I'm not sure what there is to gain with heavier bullet, particularly out of a 3" barrel.

There's a tendency to think heavier bullets are somehow more powerful but the reality is they are both heavier and slower. Heavier bullets often penetrate better because they don't shed velocity as quickly as a lighter bullet when then encounter resistance. The OP's question dealt with recoil and with all else being equal, heavier bullets will produce greater recoil. How much more? that depends largely on the weight of the gun. (assuming the other factors are constant).
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I find hot 357 mag in my 3" SP101 to be very stout. For me, the Hogue monogrip helped quite a bit, but I find 38spl+p to be much more manageable and accurate.
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Because the OP wants to!
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I have the SP101 iwith a 3" barrel and, as others have written, the 357 magnum rounds are a handful. If you're going stronger than 357 magnum you need a bigger gun to enjoy shooting them.
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Looking into getting a SP101 with the 3 inch barrel and shooting some pretty hot stuff out of it including Buffalo Bore's 180gr 357mag Outdoorsman.

Has anyone tried these loads in their SP? How's the recoil?
I have shot the BB "Outdoorsman" 38 load they have out of my SP101 2.25"....
enough for me! would shoot the .357 out of a GP not my SP.
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I have shot the 180 grain buffalo bore 180 grain out of a 3 inch sp and it is definetly an attention getter. I can only think of a use for it of large game self defense. The only guns tha tI have fired that are nastier is a329 scandium 44 mag and a 454 alaskan with full power 454 and both of those 2 cylinders full is enough I am a glutton for punishment recoil wise but 15 rounds of 180 grain in an sp is enough.
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A friend of mine carries an SP101 3" loaded with Federal .357 180gr JSP ammo while trout fishing in the N. Georgia mountains. He says it makes him feel safe around the black bears in the area. His revolver wears the stock grips and the recoil is brutal with those loads. The gun shot well with my mid-range .357 158gr SWC reloads, but was painful to fire with those heavy, full-house magnums.
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I have shot the BB "Outdoorsman" 38 load they have out of my SP101 2.25"....
enough for me! would shoot the .357 out of a GP not my SP.
That's actually the load I'm looking at, their 38special Outdoorsman out of the 3" SP. How's the recoil of that?
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