How does the sp101 hold up for small and medium game hunting? I'm wanting one for deer and boar.

How does the sp101 hold up for small and medium game hunting? I'm wanting one for deer and boar.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Depends, how good are you at trigger control?

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm looking at guns.com and a new 6 shot stainless gp100 with a 4" barrel is only $40 more than a new sp101 with a 4" barrel. For that you get a heavier frame, better feeling gun, better grips, and more recoil absorption. If price isn't of concern and you're trying to save weight, the sp101 is significantly lighter, and ballistically should be identical to a gp100 as far as accuracy and performance is concerned. You can always buy new grips too. You're missing out on a 6th shot and more longevity of the gun, but an sp101 will outlast you with care anyway, and if it's a hunting gun you probably aren't putting full power .357 through it 500 times a week.

    I'd say go with the gp100. It's overall a better gun. If you're doing a lot of hiking around your hunting areas or want it on standby all the time, the sp101 is never really a bad choice. Just know that $40 more could have bought you a gp100. Also, the 5 and 6 inch gp100s are around the same price, so you could have a 6" barrel with options for optics for around $50-60 more, which will give you much better sight radius, accuracy, and some ballistic performance boosts.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >deer
    ok
    >boar
    Maybe not. In this case a .44 Magnum or above works better.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      THIS with one caveat.
      You can usually get close enough to a wild hog (if that's what you meant by "boar") that accuracy doesn't matter, but a deer is more flighty and the sp101 does not have the accuracy a S&W 686 has.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >the sp101 does not have the accuracy a S&W 686 has
        It does if both are using a 4" barrel.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you're not running super spicy 357 loads I would suggest opting for no less than a .44 if you're gonna go for bigger game.
    >inb4 10mm gays rot the post

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      People have taken deer with .38lc and .38sp for over a century, especially during the great depression.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    for hunting, I like my Blackhawk better for the spicy rounds. but you do you. it will serve fine

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Trigger sucks and 6 shots is 20% more capacity than 5, but it'll work if you don't mind those downsides.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It has the same trigger assembly as the gp100, why does it stuck?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Serious answer, it's down to geometry. For some reason the smaller parts in an SP101 don't produce as smooth of a pull. I've had my SP101's DA pull as low as 7.5lbs, but my GP100's at 8lbs feels substantially better.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        NTA, but the GP100 trigger isn't much better. It's internet to the design of the trigger. The S&W style is much better.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You've never felt one slicked up.
          The primary difference in capability for light pulls is because the Ruger's hammer is very heavy, too much mass and not enough acceleration to really hit the firing pin hard when using very light springs.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Ruger revolvers are just not great in general. They're overbuilt boat anchors because they use investment cast parts, the triggers are heavy and gritty, the finishes are mediocre at best, and the aesthetics are lacking to say the least. Sure, they're reliable enough, but they're just worse quality in general compared to a Colt or S&W. The only real advantage they have is they're better at handling hot .44 mag loads than the competition (which Ruger fanboys will constantly tout as some sort of refutement of any criticism no matter how unrelated), but for basically any other purpose, you'd be served better by a S&W, especially since Ruger prices have risen way beyond what they're worth and now go for about what S&Ws go for. If given the choice between a GP100 for $800 and a 686 for $800, the 686 is no question the better deal.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          This post is so full of bullshit, you can always tell the difference between people who actually work on revolvers and those who don't.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Did I touch a nerve, Ruger shill?

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              See

              >the triggers are heavy and gritty
              My gp100 trigger is as good as a 686 trigger for single action, and double action it's a little heavier but very smooth. My LCR 357's dao trigger is substantially better than any j frame, and if you disagree you've never touched both guns. It's night and day.

              People who actually own them find the modern Rugers and Smith's very similar.
              I have worked on both, the main differences once worked over is how light you can make them while still being reliable with CCIs primers, on Rugers it's about 8lbs and a 686 it's around 7.5lbs. Nearly imperceptible.
              They smooth up the same if you know what you're doing, a Ruger's hammer dog may be a little outside its ideal length, adjust a few thousandths, the trigger plunger may need the nose adjusted a few thousands so the cylinder latch snaps up sooner.
              What is different is the length of the trigger pull is longer on Ruger. Single actions on both will be in the 2 - 2.5lbs range.
              The SP101 is the only gun I find a stock Ruger doesn't live up the other offerings. Lots of those guns come out with not nearly enough fitting and not enough attention given to ensuring correct headspacing/endshake/B-C gap measurements.
              The GPs and Redhawks don't have this problem.
              Course I had new model 29 Classic come in that had no forcing cone angle cut and had that nu-Smith trigger, heavy gritty.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >the triggers are heavy and gritty
          My gp100 trigger is as good as a 686 trigger for single action, and double action it's a little heavier but very smooth. My LCR 357's dao trigger is substantially better than any j frame, and if you disagree you've never touched both guns. It's night and day.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They have handguns for hunting, they're called Contenders and will serve you far better than any revolver will

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      lolwut.
      Ruger revolvers literally have their own line in reloading manuals, because of the higher pressure they'll take. you're fricking moronic.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Contenders are strong anon and the only Ruger manual loadings you'll find are the ones often listed "Ruger/TC Only" for 45 Colt.
        Now there is such a thing as Redhawk only loads for 44 Mag and 45 Colt, but those don't appear in manuals.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You mean the load data that's grouped with the TC load data? That "strong ruger" load data?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          exactly. it's a revolver, that is rated for the same loadings that dipshit stated no revolver would match. except it does.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >the same loadings that dipshit stated no revolver would match
            Anon, you're whining about muh 44 mag when you can get contenders and encores in full on rifle calibers.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              The same can be said about BFR revolvers, so I am again at a loss why you'd want an objectively worse platform (breech load) for literally any application.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I honestly could see satan carrying one of these

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A 4" SP101 will do fine, but a GP100 with a longer barrel gives you a longer sight radius = easier to extract accuracy.
    I hunt with a Redhawk in 357 B&D, I don't need the extra 800fps over 357 Mag, but it shoots flat and still kicks less than my 44 Mag Redhawk.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I mean it'll work but .357 magnum from a handgun is kinda marginal for medium game. No worse that broad heads though. It'd make a lot more sense to throw a dot or scope on a GP100 and get some shooting sticks IMO

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      6MOA groups at 100 yards is very possible standing, off-hand.
      No need for a scope or dot, just put in the practice.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Possible but far beyond the abilities of 90% + of people. I see enough people missing with scoped rifles shooting off a field expedient rest to advocate an optic and sticks for anybody who can't reliably demonstrate that they don't need them to make ethical kills at their intended distances.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Fair, my test for when I'm ready to hunt with a particular load in my Redhawk is 6/6 shots on a 12" plate at 100 yards standing. I'll repeat that every weekend or two until alternative season begins.
          I figure that's the worst possible scenario for needing to take a shot, I'm much more likely to be seated and braced better in the field.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >revolvergays think 6moa is acceptable accuracy for hunting
        Sasuga

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Have you seen deer vitals?
          They're bigger than 6".

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Handgun hunting is moronic, inhumane, and should be universally outlawed by fish and game departments. Just get a fricking rifle. Even a cheap Tikka or Ruger or Thompson or whatever for the same or less money will be infinitely superior and less likely to land a wounding hit because you dramatically overestimate your own skill with a handgun. AND, regardless of your skill, handgun mechanical accuracy is just not that good. Especially when even cheap modern bolt actions achieve 1moa commonly now.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Should bow hunting also be outlawed?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >homosexuals can prance around the woods like Robin Hood
        Meanwhile
        >5.56x45 "unlawful for deer hunting" in many states

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Well duh. Don't you know 5.56 was designed to wound? Now .357? That's a real man's caliber, made to shoot through steel car doors and kill the gangster inside. That'll kill a deer dead no question.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >handgun mechanical accuracy is just not that good

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's a nice meme but I'm not incorrect at all in this. Boomers will cum their fricking pants over a handgun that can shoot a 2" group at 25 yards. Meanwhile $600 bolt actions are achieving 1.5MOA or better regularly nowadays. L

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thompson you say?

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It'll kill them but it's kind of like asking how a Vespa holds up in motocross. Sure, you can do it if you want.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's the exact same as a 4" gp100 doing it. People have hunt deer with cap and ball pistols over a hundred years ago to feed their families. .357 is actually almost overkill even from a revolver at anything under 50 yards.
      >but you can't get 50 yards of a deer!
      Black person deer are everywhere and come within 15 feet of me on a regular basis.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah and a .22 zip gun will also kill a deer. Go hunt with a zip gun.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I like how people itt unironically think .357 magnum won't dump a deer, but will gladly post how effective .22lr is at dumping a thousand pound grizzly and will frequently suggest "any firearm will work" against one. I guess OP should have led with possibly using a snob nosed 357 instead.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You seem to be missing the point entirely here. Possible =/= good. If you happen to have an SP101 and you need a deer carcass, yeah sure whatever. If you're going out to buy a gun specifically for the purpose of recreational hunting and you pick an SP101, you're mentally moronic.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Except it is good. In fact, 357 magnum with proper loads from a 4" barrel exceeds minimal muzzle energy requirements for deer hunting in every state that has muzzle energy requirements.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Yes and a Toyota Yaris meets road safety standards in all states. That doesn't make it good, and while you can certainly enter one in a stock car race, you're not going to have a good time with it unless you're a very special boy.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Toyota Yaris

                I wanted to buy a Daewoo Lanos for a time, and drive around in a mu-mu.

                >deer

                44 magnum

                >wild hog

                44 magnum

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you're going for weight reduction, it's a fine revolver. If you're not already reloading 357 though, I'd strongly urge you to get a blackhawk or redhawk in .44 magnum, preferably with a 5-7" barrel. You don't need a tripod, I typically shoot with my wrist on my knee or using a tree or something in the woods. If you don't have something to lean against, just kneel. You can underkill a deer, but it's very difficult to overkill one with a handgun. The .44 may also open you up to other hunting options in your state, like elk and black bear.

    If you absolutely must go with .357, as others have said, a 6" gp100 will simply feel better.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How hard would it be to CC a 4" revolver vs a 6" revolver as a 5'10" manlet?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Annoying as frick in both cases. Get an alloy j frame snubby, or else you'll wish you did every time you sit down, and every time you need to adjust the 3.5 pound heap of raw iron in your waistband

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Big revolvers are meant to be open carried, if you need a ccw get a j frame or lcr and slide it in your pocket with a pocket holster as a backup, using the same ammo.

        I will say that a 4 inch revolver has less draw than a 6 inch, which feels like you're lifting it a mile in comparison.

        I used to owb a police positive in the winter, it kinda suxks but it's not terrible. Used to be my only handgun but it's fine when I wear a coat

        if you're gonna OC a regular size revolver then is there a way to do so in public without looking like an attention seeking homosexual? "hide" it under a coat maybe?

        otherwise is there a snubby out there that is also capable of dealing with moose and grizzlies?
        38 +++++PPPPPPPP ? don't you start running the risk of rupturing the small snubby frame and losing fingers?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You can cc a revolver, cops did it for years, cowboys cc'd for years, criminals cc'd for years, all long before a ccw card was ever a thing. There's fine 357 snubbies that work well with buffalo bore, at least a few cylinders won't kill it. 38 +p is fine for humans, rabid shitbulls, and everything else you'll find in a city.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Big revolvers are meant to be open carried, if you need a ccw get a j frame or lcr and slide it in your pocket with a pocket holster as a backup, using the same ammo.

      I will say that a 4 inch revolver has less draw than a 6 inch, which feels like you're lifting it a mile in comparison.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I used to owb a police positive in the winter, it kinda suxks but it's not terrible. Used to be my only handgun but it's fine when I wear a coat

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >nu smith
      absolutely fricking disgusting

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >How does the sp101 hold up for small and medium game hunting?

    IMO (and I own one) the 4" SP101 is basically designed from the ground up to be a snake gun.

    Do you take it hunting? YES! As your primary weapon? FRICK NO! Loaded with shotshells in case you hear something small and hissy in the weeds.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >and I own one
      post it.

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