My LCR .357


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Texasred
December 19, 2010, 12:37 PM
I have a first run .357 LCR and I have never been more satisfied with any other new purchase. I don't remember if I have posted about it yet but here goes.

Pros:
Accurate (strangely enough)
Small (little big for pocket carry but can do if you must)
Trigger is ultra smooth
POI is nearly identical for both .38s and .357s
POI is the same as POA
Reliable (it's a revolver)
Light (heavier than my 442 but lighter than my SP-101)
Grips work very well (recoil is not bad at all)
.357 Magnum (no question here)
I can actually hit in the circle at 25yds standing with caffiene in me
Price (gun was much cheaper than a Smith either steel or scandium)
Balance
Cons:
Sights work, but I want to get an orange front post

I shot it again just yesterday. Seriously though I took a real gamble buying this gun and I am really satisfied.
I'm 25 years old and own a Glock 19 as well but I prefer traditional guns, and at the same time I'm realistic. I sold my Colt 1911 because it wasn't reliable. Great gun, I really would like to see a medium frame or large frame seven shooter with the same trigger mechanism. It would be lighter than a Sig 220 (I imagine) and size of a 1911. Maybe compensate the bbl.
I have a 4" GP 100, 442, Smith 686 2 1/2", Smith 686+ 6", Ruger SP 101 2", Dan Wesson 6" 14. This is my go to revolver now.
I think the recoil is better than the 442 with .38+P (even with .357s) because the grips wrap the pistol, where as the Smith metal backstrap directly contacts the web of my hands.

I really want a full size .357 7-8 shooter from Ruger next.

I mentioned I was young because most people my age don't care for revolvers but like 1911's. Go figure? They both carry identical amounts of ammunition but the .357 has more range and power. Aren't finnicky about ammo.
I agree with different strokes for different folks, but revolvers aren't even considered by my friends and at the gun shows i see more of the same. I'm on a rant because .38 ammo is expensive compared to 9mm because nobody buys revolvers anymore.

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Texasred
December 19, 2010, 12:41 PM
I have 6 Glocks in total but the 19 and 30 are my only compact guns. My BIL, has a Glock 26 and it doesn't work for me it's just too thick.

1911austin
December 20, 2010, 11:39 AM
I just picked up a .357 LCR on Saturday and shot it on Sunday. Could not find nothing not to like except on replacing the front sight.

John Wayne
December 20, 2010, 12:00 PM
Heavier than a 442, huh? Does the .357 Mag option come at the expense of added weight? IIRC, the LRC is actually lighter than the Airweight S&Ws but heavier than the AirLites.

Cosmoline
December 20, 2010, 12:13 PM
Added weight would be a good idea. If you could give more details about the recoil and what you shot, plus how many rounds of magnum, that would be great. I'm deeply skeptical about the concept of this revolver but I'm always prepared to change my mind.

BrocLuno
December 20, 2010, 12:14 PM
Interesting gun - glad you are having fun. Looks like a good carry to me :)

jon86
December 20, 2010, 12:40 PM
I would like to shoot one... Looks fun.

1911austin
December 21, 2010, 11:14 AM
Heavier than a 442, huh? Does the .357 Mag option come at the expense of added weight? IIRC, the LRC is actually lighter than the Airweight S&Ws but heavier than the AirLites


The .357 version is 17oz.

CZ-100
December 21, 2010, 05:24 PM
I also picked up a LCR .357 on Sat and shot it on Sun. Put 100 rds thru it, 50 ea .38 than 50 ea .357. After firing them, my Two small fingers on my right hand were a little sore.

Need to change the front site. haven't decided on a night sight or a Hi-Viz sight.

Hondo 60
December 21, 2010, 10:40 PM
Well, I'm 50 & I like my revolvers.
Had a S&W Sigma 9mm & sold it.
I reload & didn't like chasing the brass all over,
didn't like the recoil, and just didn't feel good in my hand.

Texasred
December 22, 2010, 08:56 PM
I've shot about 130 rounds 40+ .357s. 20 Hornandy 125gr. FTX, 10 Rem 125 gr. JHP, and a couple of my hot handloads with near max powder. The polymer really does absorb some recoil and next to my SP -101 the recoil is about even. .38s are nothing even in the new Win bonded +P rounds. Someone asked about the weight and it is heavier than an Airweight. But the .38 LCR is lighter than an Airweight. The 357 has steel in it so it is heavier.

ulflyer
December 23, 2010, 08:50 AM
Hondo60: if you want some fun plinkers for a 38, load some 148WC with 2gr Trailboss. Can shoot them all day in an LCR snubby. I got started with these in experimenting with light loads to teach my wife.

TexasBill
December 23, 2010, 09:48 AM
I also picked up a LCR .357 on Sat and shot it on Sun. Put 100 rds thru it, 50 ea .38 than 50 ea .357. After firing them, my Two small fingers on my right hand were a little sore. ...

Get some larger grips so your pinkie can hold on, too. The itty-bitty grips Ruger and S&W put on these small revolvers are a large part of the reason they can be so punishing to the hand. I got rid of the Uncle Mike's Boot Grips on my Model 637 and replaced them with the grips from the Model 60. Made a big difference.

The fact is the ring and little fingers are designed to work together and are the most important fingers in grip strength.

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