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Old August 6, 2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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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
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Old August 6, 2012, 02:36 PM   #2
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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.

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Old August 6, 2012, 02:57 PM   #3
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I guess the trigger on the Ruger is not adjustable.
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Old August 6, 2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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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.
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Old August 6, 2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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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.
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Old August 7, 2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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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.

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Old August 7, 2012, 10:57 AM   #7
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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.)
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Old August 7, 2012, 11:24 AM   #8
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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.
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Old August 7, 2012, 11:57 AM   #9
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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.
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Old August 7, 2012, 12:00 PM   #10
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Heavy triggers can be compensated for by tons and tons of dry firing.

Smooths the action and builds strength in the trigger finger.
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Old August 7, 2012, 12:09 PM   #11
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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.
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Old August 7, 2012, 01:05 PM   #12
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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.

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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.
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Old August 7, 2012, 07:58 PM   #13
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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.
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