Ruger LCR + P .38 Special Recoil


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stinger 327
April 6, 2011, 05:40 PM
How bad is the recoil on this light little snubby? It has a great trigger pull action.:confused:

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Remllez
April 6, 2011, 07:13 PM
Recoil=subjective.....recoil is a state of mind....many many people shoot the LCR with plus P ammo. Rent or try a friends if you are interested and make your own decision. No one can tell you how you will feel anything especially recoil. These revolvers are not range guns by any means,so shooting 200 rounds at a single sitting is likely to get tiring.

If you find the P's too much switch your ammo to standard pressure, frankly their isn't much difference. You can always buy an all steel revolver if plus P is a must for you.

Flint Ridge
April 6, 2011, 08:42 PM
I don't feel a problem shooting .357 Magnums out of my LCR chambered accordingly.

rich642z
April 6, 2011, 09:35 PM
+1 same here on the .357 mag rounds.

TraditionalCatholic
April 6, 2011, 10:11 PM
If you are very recoil-sensitive, you could always get the LCR in .357. It has a steel "upper" frame that makes it about 3.5-4 ounces heavier than the .38+p version. I don't know if that makes a big difference or not, haven't shot my .357 LCR yet.

TYFOOON
April 6, 2011, 10:57 PM
Pretty sure the .357 is 4.4 oz heavier than the .38. With the hogue grip. The .38 shoots 158gr LRN for days with very little recoil. Hop up to +p and you feel it. Not like your going to shoot more that a few loads of +p at paper. If you ever draw your weapon in a serious situation you won't notice it. Plus when you consider the .38 is under ONE pound loaded, the .357's extra weight is a pitfall IMHO. The .38 is so so good at it's niche. Best pocket gun ever. If you really want a .357 I'd recommend the SP101.

stinger 327
April 6, 2011, 11:16 PM
Pretty sure the .357 is 4.4 oz heavier than the .38. With the hogue grip. The .38 shoots 158gr LRN for days with very little recoil. Hop up to +p and you feel it. Not like your going to shoot more that a few loads of +p at paper. If you ever draw your weapon in a serious situation you won't notice it. Plus when you consider the .38 is under ONE pound loaded, the .357's extra weight is a pitfall IMHO. The .38 is so so good at it's niche. Best pocket gun ever. If you really want a .357 I'd recommend the SP101.
Already have a SP-101 and I love it.

stinger 327
April 6, 2011, 11:17 PM
If you are very recoil-sensitive, you could always get the LCR in .357. It has a steel "upper" frame that makes it about 3.5-4 ounces heavier than the .38+p version. I don't know if that makes a big difference or not, haven't shot my .357 LCR yet.
I can't get the LCR .357 here it isn't legal or approved. Otherwise I would then I could shoot both .38 and .357.

788Ham
April 6, 2011, 11:30 PM
Where do you live Stinger, that won't allow the .357?

Fmjblack
April 7, 2011, 12:13 AM
I honestly don't notice much difference between +P and standard loads in my LCR. I have shot 100 round boxes of +P in one session without issue. As somebody mentioned though, you will need to try one yourself as recoil is subjective. I find the LCR to be a very enjoyable gun to shoot.

stinger 327
April 7, 2011, 12:19 AM
I honestly don't notice much difference between +P and standard loads in my LCR. I have shot 100 round boxes of +P in one session without issue. As somebody mentioned though, you will need to try one yourself as recoil is subjective. I find the LCR to be a very enjoyable gun to shoot.
Do you have laser sights or the standard sights that come with the LCR?

Fmjblack
April 7, 2011, 10:26 AM
Do you have laser sights or the standard sights that come with the LCR?

I have the standard sights and the factory hogue tamer grip. I'm not a fan of how the grip feels on the laser model. I also installed a hogue tamer on my super redhawk .44 magnum and I must say this grip makes any gun more enjoyable to shoot.

Madcap_Magician
April 7, 2011, 11:26 AM
I have the boot grip, so recoil on mine is a little heavier, I think.

Subjectively, I find that the lighter bullet weights, regardless of +P or not, recoil less. My 130-gr. +P carry ammo recoils less to me than 158-gr. LRN practice ammo does.

Still, I feel the LCR recoils about the same as a J-frame but is more controllable due to the better trigger.

stinger 327
April 7, 2011, 01:50 PM
I have the boot grip, so recoil on mine is a little heavier, I think.

Subjectively, I find that the lighter bullet weights, regardless of +P or not, recoil less. My 130-gr. +P carry ammo recoils less to me than 158-gr. LRN practice ammo does.

Still, I feel the LCR recoils about the same as a J-frame but is more controllable due to the better trigger.
The boot grip looks very nice but adds to the price. I found that I like the laser LCR the best but if I get this I will probably buy them separate to save on the cost. Grips on Criminson Trace Laser Grip was fine.

stinger 327
April 7, 2011, 01:51 PM
I have the standard sights and the factory hogue tamer grip. I'm not a fan of how the grip feels on the laser model. I also installed a hogue tamer on my super redhawk .44 magnum and I must say this grip makes any gun more enjoyable to shoot.
Recoils more than the Buffalo Bore 158 gr. .38?

stinger 327
April 7, 2011, 01:52 PM
I have the boot grip, so recoil on mine is a little heavier, I think.

Subjectively, I find that the lighter bullet weights, regardless of +P or not, recoil less. My 130-gr. +P carry ammo recoils less to me than 158-gr. LRN practice ammo does.

Still, I feel the LCR recoils about the same as a J-frame but is more controllable due to the better trigger.
130 grain? Is that the Winchester PDX-1 ammo you are using?

stinger 327
April 7, 2011, 01:54 PM
I have the standard sights and the factory hogue tamer grip. I'm not a fan of how the grip feels on the laser model. I also installed a hogue tamer on my super redhawk .44 magnum and I must say this grip makes any gun more enjoyable to shoot.
At one shop I notice that they sell the LCR with some extra perks like night sights. They don't come from Ruger like that. The only optional sight I know that comes from Ruger is the Crimson laser sight.

Fmjblack
April 7, 2011, 02:26 PM
At one shop I notice that they sell the LCR with some extra perks like night sights. They don't come from Ruger like that. The only optional sight I know that comes from Ruger is the Crimson laser sight.

Actually, Ruger does offer the LCR with a tritium night sight from the factory now as seen here http://ruger.com/products/lcr/models.html

stinger 327
April 7, 2011, 03:16 PM
Actually, Ruger does offer the LCR with a tritium night sight from the factory now as seen here http://ruger.com/products/lcr/models.html
I see thanks for that info. That must be brand new as I didn't see it there before and it costs only $50.00 more. You could get this one and then add a Crimson Laser grip have have the best of both worlds if it really helps a gun like this that you will most likely end up point shooting it for its intended purpose.

Fmjblack
April 7, 2011, 03:40 PM
I see thanks for that info. That must be brand new as I didn't see it there before and it costs only $50.00 more. You could get this one and then add a Crimson Laser grip have have the best of both worlds if it really helps a gun like this that you will most likely end up point shooting it for its intended purpose.

The tritium sight, boot grip and .357 LCR are all fairly new options. I will probably eventually swap my front sight for the tritium and call it done. The tritium and laser combo would be nice if somebody doesn't mind the ergos of the laser grip.

stinger 327
April 7, 2011, 04:03 PM
The tritium sight, boot grip and .357 LCR are all fairly new options. I will probably eventually swap my front sight for the tritium and call it done. The tritium and laser combo would be nice if somebody doesn't mind the ergos of the laser grip.
"The tritium and laser combo would be nice if somebody doesn't mind the ergos of the laser grip".
This would probably be for me. Laser grip fits my hand fine.

MK11
April 7, 2011, 06:44 PM
The difference in recoil between the standard grip and the laser grip is significant in my opinion. Not enough to forget the laser if you really want it, but hoo boy.

TraditionalCatholic
April 7, 2011, 07:12 PM
Just to respond to an earlier question, I believe the LCR .357, for whatever reason, is not yet approved in California, so perhaps the OP lives in Cali.

stinger 327
April 8, 2011, 03:02 AM
Just to respond to an earlier question, I believe the LCR .357, for whatever reason, is not yet approved in California, so perhaps the OP lives in Cali.
This is correct.

PabloJ
April 8, 2011, 09:11 AM
Since the only good thing about the LCR seems to be low weight why not buy Glock 26 or something similar and just load 4+1 into it?

ulflyer
April 8, 2011, 09:40 AM
Stinger327: I got an LCR several months ago and its rarely off my belt; so light and handy with decent trigger pull. It does have a "right smart" kick as we southerners say and its not something I enjoy shooting a lot of.....that is untill I got my reloader out and downloaded some soft min power 38's. Now its really fun, and with a Crimson Trace on it, even more fun to shoot. The original larger grip is softer on the web of your hand and more comfortable tho. I can shoot a S&W full size 38 all day with no sensitivity to recoil, but the lightweights are a diff story. Its not a fussy gun; I shoot a few, swipe the bore a time or two and let it go at that.

Fmjblack
April 8, 2011, 10:46 AM
Since the only good thing about the LCR seems to be low weight why not buy Glock 26 or something similar and just load 4+1 into it?

Who said the only good thing is the low weight? I enjoy my LCR for a number of reasons, to name a few: it's compact (more so than a glock), accurate, rock-solid reliable, lightweight (more so than a glock), will shoot any jacketed, lead, plated,etc without issue (lead is not recommended in glock), easy brass recovery for reloads (no reloads in glocks unless you want a kaboom).... All of this and it's cheaper (standard model can be bought for $350) than a block/glock. I often wonder if Glock fanboys actually try anything other than a Glock or if they just blindly repeat what they hear and go with the crowd?

Remo223
April 8, 2011, 11:08 AM
There is a wide range of power in 38special loads. If +P is too much, use regular 38special loads. If those are too much for you, switch to wadcutters. Wadcutters are very mild and I don't think anyone would have a problem shooting up two boxes at once, one handed, in the lightest weight revolver made. But in the event that they are too much for you, I believe cowboy action loads are even slightly less powerful than wadcutters.

stinger 327
April 8, 2011, 01:00 PM
Who said the only good thing is the low weight? I enjoy my LCR for a number of reasons, to name a few: it's compact (more so than a glock), accurate, rock-solid reliable, lightweight (more so than a glock), will shoot any jacketed, lead, plated,etc without issue (lead is not recommended in glock), easy brass recovery for reloads (no reloads in glocks unless you want a kaboom).... All of this and it's cheaper (standard model can be bought for $350) than a block/glock. I often wonder if Glock fanboys actually try anything other than a Glock or if they just blindly repeat what they hear and go with the crowd?
I like the trigger pull on the LCR .38 though I have not shot one yet to get the feel of the recoil but it is a nice light compact package. Being a revolver I can depend on it more and know it will be reliable.

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