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Old March 20, 2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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new sp101!! ammo suggestions please

i just purchased a new sp101 in .357mag. does anyone have any suggestions regarding the new hornaday lever revolution round. like or dislike? other suggestions for a good sd round are appreciated.
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Old March 20, 2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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I wouldn't waste my money on them. They are rate out of a 18" barreled Rifle.

I think they are designed for lever action rifles. Hence the name.

If it's power your looking for, Buffalo Bore (Short barrel) is just about as powerfau as you can get from a factory load.

I also like Gold Dot.
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Old March 21, 2009, 07:03 AM   #3
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+1 Elvishead

My SP101 is loaded with 125gr Black Hills .357mag.

Any name brand ammo marketed as SD should do the job. Don"t over look 38 +P stuff. 158gr.LSWCHP's

Congrats on new Ruger.
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Old March 21, 2009, 07:43 AM   #4
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Forget the look being a factor. Seems that's why many like the Leverlution stuff.
Ok...mine loves the regular Federal Hi-Shock stuff. The 125's are all it gets fed. wasn't concerned with the ooph factor as much as I was the accuracy factor. No good to have the oomph if it's not shooting to POA.
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Old March 21, 2009, 07:50 AM   #5
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I use the 158gr Gold Dot. Mine has the 3 inch barrel. The lighter loads hit a little low, the 158's are right on at about twenty feet.
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Old March 21, 2009, 09:07 AM   #6
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+1 on the 158gr gold dot suggestion. I carry the 158gr DoubleTap gold dot loading in my 2.75" security six.
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Old March 21, 2009, 09:14 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info. I plan on getting out to the range today as soon as i leave the gun store.
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Old March 21, 2009, 06:33 PM   #8
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Corbon 110 grain ammo works well out of 101. If its for home protection in an apartment or for possible use in a car consider a good +P .38 load. There is no doubt that the .357 is one of the best stoppers available, but depending on the application you have to factor in the muzzle blast and flash.
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Old March 21, 2009, 09:36 PM   #9
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I carry mag tech 125 jhp in mine.
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Old March 21, 2009, 10:31 PM   #10
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I carry the Hornady Critical Defense stuff, 38+P
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Old March 22, 2009, 12:59 AM   #11
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If you really want a hard kicking round, go to Walsmart and get the Remington .357.
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Old March 22, 2009, 10:59 AM   #12
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There are a couple of premium ammo makers out there. I use Double Tap in mine, but Buffalo Bore and Cor-Bon make excellent loads too.
Bear in mond that BB and DT loads in .357 are HOT. I am going to drop down to a +P .38 in probably BB 158 gr.
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Old March 22, 2009, 11:27 AM   #13
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130 grain Hydra Shok .357 MAG
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Old March 22, 2009, 12:12 PM   #14
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All the folks I know who use snub .357s swear by the Gold Saber 125gr. It's a great reduced load.
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Old March 22, 2009, 01:20 PM   #15
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I have a buddy w/ one of those, he carrys Federal Cast Core 180 gr. solids in it, but he won't shoot till he needs to.....












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Old March 22, 2009, 01:51 PM   #16
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Remington FBI load. The .38 sacrifices power but makes it oh so sweet to shoot.
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Old March 23, 2009, 10:06 AM   #17
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Any Good Hollowpoint........

Shoot, I often carry WWB 110gr. HJLHP's in my SP101 .357.
Sometimes it's Winchester 145 gr. Silvertips.
Sometimes it's Remington Golden Sabres.
Or it could be WWB 125 gr.JHP's...........
And I never feel undergunned..........with a cylinder full of .357 Mag HP's
The 110 gr's are easiest on the follow-up shots.

But, I never carry .38 Special HP's in my .357 magnum.
Practice with them......Yeah, That's okay.
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Old March 23, 2009, 10:29 AM   #18
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How about some .38 target type wadcutters? Then you can enjoy the fun of shooting teensy cloverleaf groups with minimal recoil and blast, and have bragging targets instead of shotgun looking targets.
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