silverback I really love shooting revolvers so this is nice for me. Can't do that with an SP101. The caveat is that I haven't owned the .357 version of the SP101. Love my Ruger SP101 357 magnum (although I use 38 ammo). The LCRx is weightless and the 3″ barrel makes it exceptionally accurate. I just got this gun: Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum 2.25″ barrel. Mine has the 2.25" barrel and my shooting improved drastically when I changed out the grip for a Hogue. 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. A Ruger 22/45 and the SP101. But obviously there are problems with such a critter, so Ruger designers lengthened the SP101's frame and cylinder to create a true .357. Everyone's favorite gentleman shooter, Hickok45, spends some in-depth time with a gun he calls, "a little tank," the SP101 in .357 Magnum. I always had 38's and just want to have a change. Both are reported to have heavy trigger pulls although the LCRX might be a little better. The trigger on the LCRx is easy and awesome. 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 Btw, I'm a … 2. In this article, we are going to put the ballistic and other performance specs of these two cartridges next to each other. If you want a 101 get a 357 and shoot 38+P and you will be happy with it !! My other gun is a Ruger LCRx 38 Spl +P with 3″ barrel. It's about right to have something between 38 special and 357 … The SP101 has a 4.6 inch barrel while the LCRX has a 3 inch barrel. I shot the 9mm LCR this year and was very impressed with the revolver. 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 .357 vs 9mm is a comparison that features two of the more popular and well known cartridges. I do alot of camping so I purchased the SP101, but its the 2.25" barrel. 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. Its a great gun....solid as a rock, but when you shoot .357...at least for me....my accuracy goes way down. I do have another 9MM revolver with an adjustable sight and it shoots well but shoots 357 mag ammo better. At the range, I can only go … 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. Top . Both are entrenched in culture and known to those who are pretty far removed from the shooting world in general. 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 … The LCRX is an ugly little dog in comparison. 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