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Old November 21st, 2010, 12:11 PM   #1
 
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ok to shoot 38 special FMJ in 101?????

Is it ok to shoot the 38 special FMJ's 130 grain out of my 357 magnum sp 101 3" without any problem??? Just checking.



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Old November 21st, 2010, 12:21 PM   #2
 
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yes. absolutely.

just make sure you clean the cylinder well before shooting .357s again. the shorter .38s leave a ring, and the longer .357s stamp that ring in if not cleaned first. that is oversimplified... but there are other threads on that topic...
if you are only going to shoot .38s out if it, then this is not an issue and just threat the gun as a regular .38 revolver

i would guess almost everyone uses .38s for practice in their .357s.
i do (2" SP 101).
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yes. absolutely.

just make sure you clean the cylinder well before shooting .357s again. the shorter .38s leave a ring, and the longer .357s stamp that ring in if not cleaned first. that is oversimplified... but there are other threads on that topic...
if you are only going to shoot .38s out if it, then this is not an issue and just threat the gun as a regular .38 revolver

i would guess almost everyone uses .38s for practice in their .357s.
i do (2" SP 101).
Thanks for the answer. I just did some research and found the same answer. I have only shot 38's so far and have 100 rounds thru it.50 IHP and 50 38+p's.
I do intend to try the 357's soon.
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.357s are really not that different out of an SP. it has plenty of mass. most people make .357s out to be more than what they actually are, in my opinion. i hardly noticed a difference between the .357 and the .38+p (out of an SP).
Just clean cylinder good before-hand. you can see the powder/carbon rings easily with the naked eye and decent lighting.
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The price of the 357's are a lot higher than the 38's that I have been shooting. I will have to save some bucks and go for it.
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.357s are really not that different out of an SP. it has plenty of mass. most people make .357s out to be more than what they actually are, in my opinion. i hardly noticed a difference between the .357 and the .38+p (out of an SP).
I've heard other people make this claim...that there is hardly any difference between .38+P and .357 in terms of felt recoil with the SP101. I know that perceived recoil is a very subjective thing but I can't see how this can be.
I personally think there is a very noticeable difference. A big difference in fact.
Yes, the SP101 handles .357's very well considering its size but like I said, there is a big difference, at least for me.
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No question that I can feel the difference between 38 & 357 in my SP101. A lot less in my GP100 and a lot more in my LCR. I shoot mostly .38's for practice, but usually finish with .357's. As said before, give special attention to the cylinders when cleaning.

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No question that I can feel the difference between 38 & 357 in my SP101. A lot less in my GP100 and a lot more in my LCR. I shoot mostly .38's for practice, but usually finish with .357's. As said before, give special attention to the cylinders when cleaning.

By the way, nice looking bike. Hard to tell in such a small pic, but it looks a lot like my 1500 Vulcan Classic.
Your close! 07 900 classic with mustang seat,HK exhaust passenger floorboards and Phatt II pullback risers. It sounds as good as it looks!!!!
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I went riding today and bought 200 rounds to shoot this upcoming week. My brother-in-law has a clock 9mm so it ought to be a real bang on thanksgiving!!!
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The price of the 357's are a lot higher than the 38's that I have been shooting. I will have to save some bucks and go for it.
Reloading is the way to go if you shoot a lot of both calibers. The bullets are the same diameter and there is a wide variety of weights and types. And there are some powders that work well in both calibers for target/range use.

When you buy factory loads, save the brass for reloading. Buy a Lee turret press and a set of dies and start to save money on ammo purchases.
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Rem Golden Sabers 125 357 magnums are cake in the SP101 and I would recommend them if you want to shoot 357s in your small frame 357. I think there is a Speer short barrel magnum round (I haven't tried it) that is also supposed to be very comfortable. I agree, I like to shoot alot and would rather not be firing 60-100 rounds in a range session and leaving with palm sting. However, each time I go, the cauluses get thicker and the sting lessens! No seriously, the super hot 125grain 357 magnums and some of the buffolo bore loadings and the super hot 158grain rounds could be somewhat uncomfortable in the SP101 with an ill fitting grip or can sting the middle finger with the trigger gaurd.
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I can tell the difference between .38+p's and .357 mag, the +p's do not sting , the .38 +p's are louder than stander special, but very comfortable to shoot in my SP101 2.25 barrel.

The standard .38 special felt like .22's after 50 rounds of .357 mag, if I can find +p .38 for a decent price, I think I am going to just shoot those for plinking.
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I gotta go with Harrydog on this one.

For me at least, there is a huge difference on .38+P vs. .357 Magnum in my 101. Granted, I reload my own ammo, so therefore that is a factor. But still, firing a .357 out of my 101, is not one of the highlights of my day.

Course now, maybe I shouldn't have put them wood grips on her. But she can be wicked at times. For this reason, the 101 has now been relegated strictly to .38 Special duty. I leave the heavy stuff to the 6" GP100. You hardly feel anything out of that monster of a gun.
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Is it ok to shoot the 38 special FMJ's 130 grain out of my 357 magnum sp 101 3" without any problem?
The only potential "problem' you may have is leading in the chambers at the end of the .38 case. That will only be noticeable if you switch to .357s (longer). Clean out each chamber regularly if you are going to switch back and forth.
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SP101 shoots .38

I have personally shot .38 hollow point and FMJ out of my Ruger SP101 .357 magnum.
No problem. Just clean your hand gun at the end of the day.
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