Ruger LCR .38 Snub


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stinger 327
December 19, 2010, 02:54 AM
Anyone out there have this 5 shot revolver with or without the Criminson Trace Laser grips.
I am curious to know how do you like your gun and with laser or no laser sights.
I notice this gun has a very smooth DA pull.

What is the best load/brand to use for this .38 snubbie for SD and personal protection?

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motorcycle-charlie
December 19, 2010, 09:02 AM
i really like the Gold Dot 135gr. .38 special +P Short Barrel. it shoots great and is meant for a short snub. i dont have an LCR but carry it in my Smith 442. i am currently trying to find some .357 MAG. .135gr Short Barrel for my Ruger SP101 but everyone is out and backordered. if you know where i can order some, please let me know.

Old John
December 19, 2010, 11:37 AM
I have a Ruger LCR .38 special+p. I bought last Spring. I've only shot a couple of boxes of FMJ 135 gr. Remingtons and a couple boxes of 110gr. WWB. LSWCHP's in it. Half a box of the Gold Dot, .135 +P's And another couple boxes of various .38's. I think one was UMC leadless.
Right now I have some of the 110 gr. +p LSWCHP's in it.
I don't have a clue which is best....I do not Believe in Magic Bullets!
(No disrespect!)

I think ...If I do My Part and Hit where I need to Hit, a couple times.... most any decent round is gonna slow that sucker down.
And, I Love that Little LCR. Easy to carry, Great Trigger, fun to shoot. My other Favorite is a Ruger SP101 .357mag...
Have Fun & Good Luck!

Waywatcher
December 19, 2010, 01:24 PM
I've had S&W J-frames and Ruger SP101s as well as my current LCR .38.

J-Frames are built on a century old design and it shows. The Ruger LCR is substantially easier to shoot. And when I say shoot I mean quickly, accurately, and less pain. I bought my .38 LCR before they came out with the .357 version. If I was able to do it again nowadays, I would definitely buy the .357 version but only use .38s.

I think LCR .38s are about 13oz, J-Frame airweights are 15oz, and the .357 LCR is about 17oz. The SP101 is a beefy heavy little 'pug' at 26oz

stinger 327
December 19, 2010, 05:09 PM
I've had S&W J-frames and Ruger SP101s as well as my current LCR .38.

J-Frames are built on a century old design and it shows. The Ruger LCR is substantially easier to shoot. And when I say shoot I mean quickly, accurately, and less pain. I bought my .38 LCR before they came out with the .357 version. If I was able to do it again nowadays, I would definitely buy the .357 version but only use .38s.

I think LCR .38s are about 13oz, J-Frame airweights are 15oz, and the .357 LCR is about 17oz. The SP101 is a beefy heavy little 'pug' at 26oz
I have not seen the LCR .357 version. I might be interested in this one. But I do like the LCR .38 as the trigger pull is perfect especially since it is DA only.
Is this LCR .357 gun still larger than the LCR .38 and heavier more difficult to carry than the .38 LCR?
Probably is otherwise alot of people would just get the .357 model and use +P38 loads.

Like yourself my other favorite is the SP-101 in .357 with 2.5 barrel which I already have.

stinger 327
December 19, 2010, 05:14 PM
i really like the Gold Dot 135gr. .38 special +P Short Barrel. it shoots great and is meant for a short snub. i dont have an LCR but carry it in my Smith 442. i am currently trying to find some .357 MAG. .135gr Short Barrel for my Ruger SP101 but everyone is out and backordered. if you know where i can order some, please let me know.
So this is the special ammo I heard about to use in short barrel guns, the 135 grain Gold Dot for both .357 and .38. What is the ballistics on the .38 135 grain Gold Dot?
I use Buffalo Bore 125 grain 1,702 fps in both of my .357's one being a SP-101 and the other a Mod. 66.

ulflyer
December 20, 2010, 09:41 AM
Stinger327: I put a CT on mine and like the idea of point & shoot from the waist, or otherwise. I find it useful for training as well....my wife is just gettng into shooting and likes that it shows her where to aim. I do miss the original grips with thier soft pocket at the web of ur hand tho! If she qualifys and goes for CC permit Iill prob give her this one and get another for me without the CT.

Madcap_Magician
December 20, 2010, 10:31 AM
Ruger REALLY took the time to get this one right, and it shows. I have one with the Boot Grip and XS front sight. Extremely ergonomic, amazing trigger pull.

1911austin
December 20, 2010, 11:29 AM
Is this LCR .357 gun still larger than the LCR .38 and heavier more difficult to carry than the .38 LCR?

I just picked up the .357 version on Saturday. It is the same size as the .38 spl model. The difference in weight is steel versus aluminum for the upper portion of the frame. It does make it a little harder for pocket carry due to the additional 4oz.

stinger 327
December 20, 2010, 03:39 PM
I just picked up the .357 version on Saturday. It is the same size as the .38 spl model. The difference in weight is steel versus aluminum for the upper portion of the frame. It does make it a little harder for pocket carry due to the additional 4oz.
Now I definitely would be interested in the .357 LCR and wonder how much of a difference it is between it and the .38 LCR?

The LCR .38 is the perfect size. If the .357 doesn't feel that much more difficult for carry I would go for it. (especially if it has the perfect trigger pull as .38 LCR-perfect)

Does the .357 LCR cost more than the LCR .38?

I checked with stores around here and it's a new release so they haven't got it yet for sale.

stinger 327
December 20, 2010, 03:40 PM
Stinger327: I put a CT on mine and like the idea of point & shoot from the waist, or otherwise. I find it useful for training as well....my wife is just gettng into shooting and likes that it shows her where to aim. I do miss the original grips with thier soft pocket at the web of ur hand tho! If she qualifys and goes for CC permit Iill prob give her this one and get another for me without the CT.
You can also buy the LCR .38 with the grips already put on by Ruger. Perhaps it is less cost to buy it this way vs. buying gun separately and Crimson laster grip separately.

Is it the same with the .357 LCR that the best ammo would be the Gold dot .357 made for short barrels as Gold Dot sells for the .38 in 135 grains?

motorcycle-charlie
December 20, 2010, 04:02 PM
for the LCR, either the .357 or .38 version, i think the .38 special +p short barrel loads would be the best because of the lightweight gun. nice power in the load with swift recovery for follow up shots. if given the choice, i would still get the .357 version because you know it is built a little tougher and it also gives tou that .357 option.

stinger 327
December 20, 2010, 04:07 PM
for the LCR, either the .357 or .38 version, i think the .38 special +p short barrel loads would be the best because of the lightweight gun. nice power in the load with swift recovery for follow up shots. if given the choice, i would still get the .357 version because you know it is built a little tougher and it also gives tou that .357 option.
Then again for me I already have a mod. 66 and Sp-101 both in .357 so it will just depend on how much l like the .38 LCR better if that's the case.
I know you must give up something in the .357 model vs. the .38 model probably in size and weight. I already know the LCR .38 feels great in my hands sizewise and weightwise.
I will just have to wait and see whenever they ship them here besides I'm not in a hurry because I will get the Glock 23 first then another revolver but with laser grips.

rosewood151
December 20, 2010, 04:35 PM
My buddy just bought one Sunday. Its very nice except for one thing, there is a rattle in receiver. The dealer selling the gun claims they all rattle. Anyone have an opinion or observation?

stinger 327
December 20, 2010, 04:49 PM
My buddy just bought one Sunday. Its very nice except for one thing, there is a rattle in receiver. The dealer selling the gun claims they all rattle. Anyone have an opinion or observation?
When I looked at the LCR .38 I didn't notice any rattle very little movement in the cylinder when locked. Very tight and light gun.

1911austin
December 21, 2010, 11:20 AM
Now I definitely would be interested in the .357 LCR and wonder how much of a difference it is between it and the .38 LCR?

The LCR .38 is the perfect size. If the .357 doesn't feel that much more difficult for carry I would go for it. (especially if it has the perfect trigger pull as .38 LCR-perfect)

Does the .357 LCR cost more than the LCR .38?

I checked with stores around here and it's a new release so they haven't got it yet for sale.

The .357 uses steel instead of aluminum for the cylinder frame. Also, the fluting on the cylinder is not quite as aggressive as the .38 version. The .357 has the same outstanding trigger of the .38 model. Also, it runs about $40 to $50 more that the .38 version. I only plan to shoot HOT .38s (Like Buffalo Bore) through mine but thought the .357 version would hold up better after a crap load of hot .38s.

stinger 327
December 21, 2010, 11:38 AM
The .357 uses steel instead of aluminum for the cylinder frame. Also, the fluting on the cylinder is not quite as aggressive as the .38 version. The .357 has the same outstanding trigger of the .38 model. Also, it runs about $40 to $50 more that the .38 version. I only plan to shoot HOT .38s (Like Buffalo Bore) through mine but thought the .357 version would hold up better after a crap load of hot .38s.
What are the ballistics on the .38 Buffalo Bore?
So then you would go with the .357 LCR?

1911austin
December 21, 2010, 01:12 PM
What are the ballistics on the .38 Buffalo Bore?
So then you would go with the .357 LCR?

Buffalo Bore launches a 158 grain bullet at about 1,000ft/sec from a 2" tube. I perfer the steel frame revolvers for hot loads. The gun, and your hand, will last longer. I am not saying that the .38 LCR can't handle the hotter loads but just stating my personal perference.

*Klutch*
December 21, 2010, 01:48 PM
When I looked at the LCR .38 I didn't notice any rattle very little movement in the cylinder when locked. Very tight and light gun.

The rattle is the transfer bar . It's what the hammer falls on to fire the gun when the trigger is pulled, it's normal and will not affect anything.

stinger 327
December 21, 2010, 05:09 PM
Buffalo Bore launches a 158 grain bullet at about 1,000ft/sec from a 2" tube. I perfer the steel frame revolvers for hot loads. The gun, and your hand, will last longer. I am not saying that the .38 LCR can't handle the hotter loads but just stating my personal perference.
So then you would say that the LCR .357 will outlast the .38 LCR?

CoRoMo
December 21, 2010, 05:14 PM
I think he's saying that steel is tougher than aluminum.

1911austin
December 21, 2010, 08:15 PM
So then you would say that the LCR .357 will outlast the .38 LCR?

I think he's saying that steel is tougher than aluminum.

It has been my experiance with J frame Smiths that aluminum frame guns wear out faster than steel guns. That's not to mean that aluminum guns don't have a place.

stinger 327
December 22, 2010, 02:01 AM
It has been my experiance with J frame Smiths that aluminum frame guns wear out faster than steel guns. That's not to mean that aluminum guns don't have a place.
Then again we must consider the types of guns these are in that we wouldn't be shooting them all day like our favorite 22 as these are protection guns so putting that many rounds through them I wouldn't think be a problem.
The criteria would be carry and concealment as to which one serves better in that capacity.

redbullitt
December 22, 2010, 03:37 PM
Gold dot short barrel +p in mine right now. Surprisingly nice trigger, shoots well. Best of all, it is great to carry when you cannot disappear a full size weapon.

stinger 327
December 22, 2010, 03:52 PM
Gold dot short barrel +p in mine right now. Surprisingly nice trigger, shoots well. Best of all, it is great to carry when you cannot disappear a full size weapon.
Is this that Gold Dot in .357 or .38 which is 135 grain which is made for snubbies? (short barrels)
UNABLE TO FIND THIS AMMO FOR SALE.

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