The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Revolver Forum

Thread Tools
Old August 6, 2012, 02:08 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: August 6, 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 6
New Here. Advice please

I am looking at purchasing two revolvers in the next couple months. I wonder if anyone here has experience with either or both. Ruger SP101 .357 mag 3 1/16" and Taurus Radging Judge 6.5".Thanks for your help
"We are Texas Rangers! Our jurisdiction is wherever we happen to be!" -Augustus McRae
.30-30 is offline  
Old August 6, 2012, 02:36 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: May 30, 2010
Location: Arizona or Ohio depending
Posts: 802
Been shooting a sp 101 .357 with about a 2 1/2 inch for barrel about 6 months now and like it quit a lot triggers not as smooth as an S&W but a good bit easier on the wallet, with hot .357's it is a hand full, with .38 spls. it's a kitty cat. I reload so I plan to find a good in between load for it.
Have only shot a Judge 4 or five rounds so can't say anything about them.

Last edited by sgms; August 6, 2012 at 02:42 PM.
sgms is offline  
Old August 6, 2012, 02:57 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: August 6, 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 6
I guess the trigger on the Ruger is not adjustable.
"We are Texas Rangers! Our jurisdiction is wherever we happen to be!" -Augustus McRae
.30-30 is offline  
Old August 6, 2012, 03:29 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: November 29, 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 5,726
No not adjustable. But it isn't very hard to swap out springs or smooth out burrs. Having a gun smith do a trigger job isn't that pricey.

And shooting the gun a lot helps the trigger as well.
Buzzcook is offline  
Old August 6, 2012, 07:16 PM   #5
Junior member
Join Date: January 24, 2010
Location: South West Riverside County California
Posts: 2,763
Had 3" SP101 .357 and it was a fantastic firearm. At 27 ounces it was a little light for me to shoot the heavy .357 loads. Trigger was good in my opinion. want to buy another. It will do 1,300 fps with a 180 grain hard cast LFN. That is a serious amount of power from a smaller handgun.
jmortimer is offline  
Old August 7, 2012, 10:10 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: September 19, 2008
Posts: 4,679
The SP-101's a solid revolver, if somewhat torquey with heavy .357 loads, as posted above.

I wouldn't buy ANY Taurus, even if YOUR life depended on it, nevermind mine.

If your want a .45/.410 revolver, take a look at the S&W Governor.

PetahW is offline  
Old August 7, 2012, 10:57 AM   #7
Junior member
Join Date: February 2, 2008
Posts: 3,150
Of those two guns the SP 101 is FAR superior. My wife still owns and shoots one of the first ones made and it is still as solid as they day we got it. And as said the trigger pull can be tweaked (by a good smith) until you are happy with it. Don't get too hung up on getting a very light trigger pull on these guns, it's not necessary unless you are doing precision bullseye work or the shooter has issues with hand strength, in which case the SP 101 (or any DA revolver may not be the best choice.)
drail is offline  
Old August 7, 2012, 11:24 AM   #8
Mike Irwin
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 36,573
The SP-101 is a fine gun. A bit heavy for my tastes, and stainless steel, which I don't like, but it's rugged and reliable.

The Raging Judge is truly an answer in search of a question. If you need a .410 shotgun, get a shotgun. If you need a revolver, get a revolver. Don't try to shoehorn the capabilities of two into a single unit. It won't do anything worth a damn.
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old August 7, 2012, 11:57 AM   #9
North East Redneck
Senior Member
Join Date: June 6, 2012
Location: Berkshire Hills
Posts: 543
My friend has an SP101. It is accurate, tough and fits well in my hand. I have shot it with .357 and .38 rounds, honestly the .357 was very comfortable to shoot. Overall great revolver. That is not the style of revolver I want to buy right now, but it is on the list.
I say go for it. SP101 will do you right.
NRA Life Member
Goal Member
SAF Member
North East Redneck is offline  
Old August 7, 2012, 12:00 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: June 16, 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 9,643
Heavy triggers can be compensated for by tons and tons of dry firing.

Smooths the action and builds strength in the trigger finger.
Kraig Stuart
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071
kraigwy is offline  
Old August 7, 2012, 12:09 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: June 21, 2010
Location: Central Georgia
Posts: 1,636
The Ruger SP will last longer than you provided you do the basic minimum maintenance.

Somewhere floating around the TFL, there is quote talking about after the nuclear holocaust, a radioactive mutated cockroach will dig up an SP-101 and use it to shoot another mutated cockroach.
NRA Life Member
Ladyfriend: "I need help with the leaves in the yard"
Me: "Controlled burn?"
LadyFriend: "I forgot my Boy Scout turned into an infantry officer."
SPEMack618 is online now  
Old August 7, 2012, 01:05 PM   #12
Junior Member
Join Date: August 6, 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 6
Thank you for your help. I have always like the way the Ruger looks but have never shot one. Judging by your comments I think it will be a nice addition to my arsenal.

I wouldn't buy ANY Taurus, even if YOUR life depended on it, nevermind mine.
Is this from personal experience? I have a Taurus PT145 in .45acp but haven't shot it a great deal. What I have shot it though, I have never had an issue.
"We are Texas Rangers! Our jurisdiction is wherever we happen to be!" -Augustus McRae
.30-30 is offline  
Old August 7, 2012, 07:58 PM   #13
Senior Member
Join Date: July 24, 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 885
I have sp101 and gp100, both great guns. What they say about them is not made up, it is all true. That trigger thing i think is way oberblown, neither trigger has ever give me any problems shooting but then again im that guy thatll learn to shoot it well with the trigger its got. yes some triggers are bad, some are great but these are not at all what id call bad.Not luxury items, but not bad. Stay away from that silly judge its what id call a novelty gun. Of the two sp101s the way to go. GP100 if the weights not an issue.
Crankgrinder is offline  

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:03 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2015 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09500 seconds with 9 queries