Happy with your LCR?


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Dollar An Hour
September 21, 2011, 09:27 AM
I've been a J-Frame guy until now, but I'm thinking of getting an LCR in .357. I think the extra 3.5 oz over the .38 just helps soften recoil a bit, and I have the option to shoot mid range .357's like Golden Sabres or Gold Dot SB loads.

I do like the XS sight version, but it's only available in .38.

Anyway, I just wanted to hear if LCR owners are happy with their purchase so far.

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WNC Seabee
September 21, 2011, 10:11 AM
I have the .357 LCR and an S&W 642 (wife's carry). I'm having a hard time warming up to the LCR. Everyone says the trigger is superior to the J frame, but I don't really see that in practical use. The LCR trigger guard tends to bite me during recoil. I've tried various changes to my grip, but always walk away with some mild pain from the guard slamming into me.

That being said, many many folks love their LCRs. If you can, find one to shoot before you buy.

I added a Hi-Viz fiber optic sight to mine, only took a couple minutes and is a great improvement.

bikemutt
September 21, 2011, 12:48 PM
I have not shot the .357 LCR and have no desire to do so, the .38+P is painful enough. I went with the .38+P to save the weight and still be able to control the gun. Those small ounces add up when the gun is carried day in, day out.

Strongly urge you to rent or borrow one before you commit.

FWIW, I can dream up at least one reason to sell or trade every gun I have, except the LCR :)

rayban
September 21, 2011, 05:32 PM
Maybe you should read through this thread....
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=609052

harmon rabb
September 21, 2011, 06:13 PM
My wife has one. Her eyes lit up when I gave it to her, so I guess she's happy with it :D

My impressions are that it has a GREAT trigger. Infinitely superior to the j-frame trigger. It's a little more difficult to conceal than a j-frame though due to the big ass grip.

Paul7
September 21, 2011, 07:05 PM
Yes on the LCR, no on the LCP.

Dollar An Hour
September 21, 2011, 07:49 PM
I've fired many rounds of .357 Mag out of my 13.3 oz 340 M&P. So the recoil won't be worse in the 17 ounce Ruger.

HARV6
September 22, 2011, 07:38 AM
Absolutely love mine in 38 with the boot grip. I originally wanted the 357 but tried to find a lot of info on velocities for both calibers in that barrel length. From what I found, you won't see enough gain in velocity to justify even the slight increase in weight, let alone the recoil. I've CCW'd a handful of guns in different sizes and calibers. I would rather have a CCW gun that I can hide in anything but a speedo than one that was a pain to carry. And the recoil from my particular gun isn't too uncomfortable either; the grip is spongy where it impacts the web of your hand. I've shot a few lighter weight snubs that I had to put down after about 10 shots. The LCR in 38 doesn't fall into that category.

Wishoot
September 22, 2011, 07:52 AM
Yes. I've been very happy with my LCR (38 spl). So far, I still like the trigger more than any S&W snubby I've owned.

Skyshot
September 22, 2011, 08:12 AM
Very happy with my LCR .38+P. I bought the XS night site model for the very reason of the big dot which helps my aging eyes. Its very accurate for a snubbie. The recoil doesn't bother me as it does other posters.

Dollar An Hour
September 22, 2011, 01:02 PM
I'm actually leaning toward getting the heavier (but same size as .38) .357 LCR and carrying .38's in it most of the time. Range sessions should be a little more comfortable with the extra weight of the gun.

I do wish the .357 came with the XS sight, but it should be easy enough to install.

Waywatcher
September 22, 2011, 02:35 PM
I'm actually leaning toward getting the heavier (but same size as .38) .357 LCR and carrying .38's in it most of the time. Range sessions should be a little more comfortable with the extra weight of the gun.

That is wise.

Anyway, I just wanted to hear if LCR owners are happy with their purchase so far.

I am going to sell my LCR. It is a superior snubby to the S&W airweight, but I moved away from it to an auto--G23. If I want another snubby, it will be an SP101, because I can disassemble it for cleaning and it has no ILS.

Girodin
September 22, 2011, 02:53 PM
Anyway, I just wanted to hear if LCR owners are happy with their purchase so far.

I've been well pleased with mine. I also have a J-frame. My LCRs are .38 specials. When I bought them Ruger did not offer the .357. I likely would have purchased it for the reason you mentioned had it been available.

XS offers the big dot sight for sale. I don't know but I'd imagine it can be installed on the .357 version. http://www.xssights.com/index.php?nID=sights&cID=Sights&pID=sights&sID=handgun

I find the trigger on the LCR to be better than my other snubs. Some of how one views the trigger will certainly be based on one's preferences for how a trigger should feel.

It's a little more difficult to conceal than a j-frame though due to the big ass grip.

One can get smaller boot grips. Personally I like the tamer grip but if one doesn't you are not stuck with it.

khegglie
September 23, 2011, 10:17 AM
Love the 357 LCR. The Tamer grips allow for "stout" but managable recoil in 38 + AND 357

ForumSurfer
September 23, 2011, 10:31 AM
I was very pleased with mine. I put about 4-500 rounds through it before I sold it. The only reason I sold it is because I came to determine I prefer bottom feeders for a carry gun. If I'm going to keep a 38 snubbie around to shoot, I'd rather it be an all steel model that I can shoot for 1000's of rounds and fire 357 from it (mine was 38 +p model). It did have the most fantastic out of the box trigger, though.

Flint Ridge
September 24, 2011, 12:04 AM
Love my KLCR .357. Tamer grips are great. Yes the factor sights are sad, installed the XS on mine, simple enough. And better than the before picture.

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/ab348/Flint_Ridge/Ruger%20LCR/LCRSights003.jpg

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/ab348/Flint_Ridge/Ruger%20LCR/LCRsights013.jpg

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/ab348/Flint_Ridge/Ruger%20LCR/LCRsights023.jpg

Old John
September 24, 2011, 12:35 PM
I love both of mine. I bought the .38 special, before the .357 mag. was out. And bought the .357 as soon as I could get one. For pocket carry I think the .38 is better because it's lighter.
I'd been carrying an SP101 for over 8 years, in a Galco highride pancake holster. Now, I just shove the .357 mag. LCR, in the same holster. Lots easier to carry, all day.

Dollar An Hour
September 25, 2011, 07:20 AM
I love both of mine. I bought the .38 special, before the .357 mag. was out. And bought the .357 as soon as I could get one. For pocket carry I think the .38 is better because it's lighter.

Have you noticed if there is a difference in recoil between the .38 & heavier .357 with the same ammo?

Agree that 3.5 ounces is a noticeable difference when it comes to pocket carry. My 340 MP was easier to carry than my 442 and that difference was < 3 oz.

Dollar An Hour
September 25, 2011, 07:22 AM
Is the LCR, with factory Hogue Tamer grips, bulkier to pocket carry than a J-frame with factory grips? I'm guessing yes.

TexasBill
September 25, 2011, 09:11 AM
Maybe I just got lucky because I chose my S&W M637 over the Ruger because of the trigger pull. Got to admit the LCR's trigger is nice, though.

It's just me, but I won't buy a lightweight .357 Magnum because I won't have a gun that I am reluctant to practice with and practice includes the ammunition I plan to carry. The Ruger SP101 or a Smith & Wesson Model 60 is as light as I would go. Some folks have posted that they don't have a problem with the recoil. That may or may not be the case with you. I would strongly suggest you find out if there is somewhere you can try out the LCR in .357

PabloJ
September 25, 2011, 09:23 AM
I've been a J-Frame guy until now, but I'm thinking of getting an LCR in .357. I think the extra 3.5 oz over the .38 just helps soften recoil a bit, and I have the option to shoot mid range .357's like Golden Sabres or Gold Dot SB loads.

I do like the XS sight version, but it's only available in .38.

Anyway, I just wanted to hear if LCR owners are happy with their purchase so far.
The LCR .357 is to LCR .38 what 4WD pickup is to 2WD pickup. The choice should be obvious.

Old John
September 25, 2011, 11:20 AM
Well, I don't shoot .38's in my .357's. I shoot .357's in them. And, obviously I don't shoot .357's in my .38's.
When I want something "light" in my .357's I go with 110 gr. LSJHP's. According to the M&S Report, the 110 gr.'s give about a 90% stop rate, IIRC. That's good enough. Better'n .38's anyway.........If you believe in M&S Reports.

Haywood
September 27, 2011, 09:33 PM
My LCR357 is my favorite 357 snub to shoot. I rather shoot it than my SP101 or my 4 in guns. The Tamer Grip is sweet. I put the XS Night Sight on it. I practice with 125G. 357 JHP and have over 500 rounds through it. I carry it all the time to back up my SP101.

ilmonster
November 7, 2011, 11:37 AM
As you are thinking of doing, I got the .357 LCR as a .38 cal. weapon as I wanted a bit more weight (4 oz.) to lessen recoil with the .38+P rounds. I don't ever intend to shoot .357. The 4 oz. don't make enough difference to me where I would want the lighter .38 for carry. In the pocket or on a Mitch Rosen OWB holster I don't even notice it, and it is very comfortable to shoot for a 2" snubbie. I also have a Glock 19 for winter carry as here in Wisconsin, we get to wear a layer to two (or ten!) when winter approaches, so concealment is not an issue.

I intend to install the XS sight also.

jawn
November 7, 2011, 01:40 PM
I really like my .357 LCR. I also bought it to run mostly .38 +Ps, but it's not *that* bad with .357 if you're a recoil junkie. The gun points naturally for me and although the grips are somewhat bulky, they do a great job of reducing felt recoil.

AJChenMPH
November 7, 2011, 10:16 PM
Just shot an LCR .357 tonight after having shot a S&W 442 a couple of weeks ago. It's now on my list of "to own" pistols.

Confederate
November 7, 2011, 10:52 PM
See my Ruger LCR post (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=624299).

I wouldn't want to shoot .357 in mine for casual practice, but when in a deadly confrontation, I don't think anyone would complain. (I had one friend who fired six shots at a charging grizzly out West and he doesn't even remember the recoil! He also didn't suffer any ringing of the ears, though he wasn't wearing hearing protection. Ditto with another friend who shot a cougar while inspecting fence posts in Utah. It dropped from a tree and charged him. They sent the head to the CDC in Colorado and it was determined to be rabid. He suffered from having to shoot such a beautiful animal, but doesn't recall shooting the six rounds from his .357 mag. No ear ringing there, either.)

The LCR is a great little revolver and I'm sure can be fired with magnum ammo in a crisis situation. I had a derringer that would'a liked to rip my hand off with .357 ammo when I test fired it. Fortunately, it didn't fire the second round half the time, so I got rid of it. The Ruger I suppose would be child's play in comparison.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/RugerLCRs_2.jpg

The .357 (above) and .38 are almost indistinguishable on first view.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/Small38s_2.jpg

The .38 Rossi in stainless is still my favorite house gun, but
I also like the LCR .38 for light travel.

.

SwampWolf
November 17, 2011, 06:21 PM
I'm not sure if there's enough "meat" in the cylinder for Ruger to make one, but I'd be very interested in getting a six-shot LCR chambered in .327 Magnum. I think the best thing an LCR has over any Smith J-frame is the da trigger pull. Way lighter and smoother in my experience-and I have a couple of J-frames that I really like.

Prodigalshooter
November 18, 2011, 10:18 AM
I'm still happy with mine, comfortable to shoot, light as a feather, whats not to like?

gnb
November 19, 2011, 12:15 PM
I switched to a .38 LCR from a S&W 342 that I carried for about 10 years. The LCR is so much easier to shoot accurately due to the trigger & grip. Big improvement.

45crittergitter
December 1, 2011, 07:40 PM
Happy with the .38 version. I installed XS night sight myself, and suspect it can be done on the .357. I used the roll pin instead of XS's glue-on method.

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