Going to get a chance to fire the SP101 this weekend and will decide after comparing both side to side. I believe .38 can be loaded to match whatever 9mm will do, but that's from the same barrel length (4" or greater) for both calibers. silverback I just got this gun: Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum 2.25″ barrel. .357/38 can have a much wider range of bullet types because of the lack of feeding issues. In this article, we are going to put the ballistic and other performance specs of these two cartridges next to each other. Can't do that with an SP101. A Ruger 22/45 and the SP101. Everyone's favorite gentleman shooter, Hickok45, spends some in-depth time with a gun he calls, "a little tank," the SP101 in .357 Magnum. If you want a 101 get a 357 and shoot 38+P and you will be happy with it !! Btw, I'm a … Not sure about the LCRX. I shot the 9mm LCR this year and was very impressed with the revolver. The caveat is that I haven't owned the .357 version of the SP101. Both are entrenched in culture and known to those who are pretty far removed from the shooting world in general. SP101 Revolver Calibers: 327 Fed, 32 Mag, 9mm, 38 Spl, 357 Mag; Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production: 570-00001: 1989: 570-38900: 1990: 570-59251: 1991 Both are reported to have heavy trigger pulls although the LCRX might be a little better. Its a great gun....solid as a rock, but when you shoot .357...at least for me....my accuracy goes way down. The SP101 has a 4.6 inch barrel while the LCRX has a 3 inch barrel. I like the SP101 in 9mm because I can go to the range and bring a revolver, semi auto pistols, and a carbine (Ruger PCC) and only bring one type of ammo. But obviously there are problems with such a critter, so Ruger designers lengthened the SP101's frame and cylinder to create a true .357. It's about right to have something between 38 special and 357 … I could move to a GP100 and thats been a consideration, but I am just so damn accurate with that S&W M&P 9mm. Love my Ruger SP101 357 magnum (although I use 38 ammo). I imagine Ruger used a .357 barrel on the 9MM SP101 and not a .355 bore . Over time the SP101 has been chambered to .22 Long Rifle, .327 Federal Magnum, 9mm Luger and .32 H&R Magnum- the latter two chamberings discontinued. The SP101 can be improved with the usual Ruger trigger job. The trigger on the LCRx is easy and awesome. The LCRX is an ugly little dog in comparison. The .357 vs 9mm is a comparison that features two of the more popular and well known cartridges. With 9mm you get capacity. Mine has the 2.25" barrel and my shooting improved drastically when I changed out the grip for a Hogue. I always had 38's and just want to have a change. It’s the secondary that shoots like a primary. Ruger’s SP101 is the exception, and has a lot more in common with the old school police backup gun than with the modern featherweight alternatives. The Ruger LCR, introduced in the 2000s as a dedicated, purpose-built concealed carry revolver largely took over the concealed carry role from the SP101, although a hammerless .357 … 2. I do alot of camping so I purchased the SP101, but its the 2.25" barrel. To me the SP101 is a thing of beauty. I do have another 9MM revolver with an adjustable sight and it shoots well but shoots 357 mag ammo better. I really love shooting revolvers so this is nice for me. Top . At the range, I can only go … The LCRx is weightless and the 3″ barrel makes it exceptionally accurate. My other gun is a Ruger LCRx 38 Spl +P with 3″ barrel. Going back to the revolver question to me it is a good one and I am still deciding between the SP101 357/38 and a LCR model. The 9mm SP101 and not a.355 bore be improved with the usual Ruger trigger job grip... 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