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Ruger LCR .357

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Wade Wilson, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Wade Wilson

    Wade Wilson Well-Known Member

    How do you guys feel about the new LCR in the .357, think it will be a worthy competitor in the conceal carry competition?
  2. inthelineofire

    inthelineofire Well-Known Member

    JMO, but I'm not a fan. There is a thread around here somewhere about the LCR and problems with flame cutting. I'd opt for a Smith 442 any day of the week.
  3. oasis618

    oasis618 Well-Known Member

    442 is nice but not an option if looking for a .357.
  4. 96projectz24

    96projectz24 Well-Known Member

    There are threads everywhere about every gun made that has had issues and for the most part aren't mass recalls. You sure there's never been an issue with a S&W 442. I just picked up an LCR, you're missing out on a great weapon by writing it off as garbage so fast.
  5. inthelineofire

    inthelineofire Well-Known Member

    Certainly not writing it off as "garbage." I just would opt for a Smith with the same features. I understand the 442 is not available in .357. They are fine looking pieces, but from my personal experience, Smith and Wesson has higher quality. You get what you pay for. I do, however, LOVE my LCP.
  6. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I am sure they will sell like hotcakes - but not to the Old Fuff. The LCR is an interesting platform, but an ultra-light .357 Magnum leaves me cold, regardless of who makes it. Most users won't be able to make fast but accurate follow-up shots and basketball sized patterns at bad breath distance is playing long odds.
  7. Wade Wilson

    Wade Wilson Well-Known Member

    Old Fuff,

    You would recommend sticking with the 38 spl, with a light weight snubby?
  8. oasis618

    oasis618 Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I love my little LCR CT but I'm not so sure I'd be interested in firing .357 magnums out of it. I've fired one of those S&W 12 oz. .357 jobby jobs and that isn't something I think I need to do again. ZING!!! :eek: ;)
  9. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    S&W 640 is what you want.
  10. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Yes I would, or at least I wouldn't go over .38 Special in this platform. In a larger, all-steel snubby I particularly like my 5-shot /.44 Special Taurus model 445. If one was determined to go to a small platform in .357 Magnum I would recommend Ruger's SP 101. Going still larger I like Smith & Wesson's K-frame models with at least a 3 inch barrel.

    As a side note: The Border Patrol's late shooting ace (and experienced gunfighter), Bill Jordan recommended the little .22 WRM as an ideal choice in the lightweight aluminum/steel J-frame revolvers that were available during his day. But he was a capable of putting his bullets exactly where he wanted to, even under extreme stress.
  11. hemiram

    hemiram Well-Known Member

    I just don't even understand the appeal of the LCR at all. I shot the .38 one recently, and it just reinforced my original opinion. I would pick any number of small steel revolver over one, anytime.
  12. L-Frame

    L-Frame Well-Known Member

    I am intrigued by the LCR in .357, but not to shoot .357's out of. I carry in an iwb anyway,not pocket, so the extra 5 ounces means nothing to me except in dampening recoil. I like the more weight and sturdier construction so I can shoot .38 +P's out of it easier and not have to worry about the gun coming apart.
  13. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    The LCR is interesting but I have no use for .357 in any gun that small. IMHO the trade off between power and recoil/muzzle blast just isn't worth it in anything with less than 3" of barrel. I stick with .38's in the shorter barrels.
    Others may disagree, many do.
    That said the LCR appears to be a decent, although homely weapon. I would consider one in .38 if I didn't already have 2 revolvers that filled that role.
  14. TarDevil

    TarDevil Well-Known Member

    When the LCR hit the market in .38, I wrote Ruger to see if they might chamber the gun in .327 Fed... just seemed to make more sense to me than .357. They said they had no such plans for that gun. I've read elsewhere that the .327's 45,000 psi is too much for the LCR.

    LCR in .357 wouldn't interest me except for the reasons stated by L-Frame.
  15. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    I have shot a fair number of rounds including a good many +p loads through the .38 spl LCR.

    As far as revolvers go I like the LCR and in my experience it compares favorably with Smith J frames as a carry piece. Shooting hotter .38 loads makes me think I wouldn't want to shoot too many hard hitting .357 mag rounds in a .357 LCR. I'll use my SP101 (a gun I have used to shoot hand loads I wouldn't dream of putting one of the light weights) for that purpose. Some shooters have found the recoil of the .38 spl LCR to be objectionable, particularly the +p loads. The .357 LCR with .38s might be a better choice for them because of the extra weight.
  16. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    A 17 oz 357 magnum LCR would be too much for me...

    as quick follow-up shots would be rather difficult . I have the Ruger SP101 and that would be as light as I would want to go. To me, the 38 special is hard to be for a carry gun.
  17. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    Lately , I have been carrying my Colt Cobra...

    which weighs about 16 oz and it is all I need in a light 38 special.
  18. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Too light for full powered .357 loads, IMO, although at 17 ounces it might be OK with a "medium velocity" load.
  19. rd2007

    rd2007 Well-Known Member

    Is this thing for sale yet?
  20. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Not a gun I would be interested in. I would stick to the light 38spl revolvers. I'd go with a steel frame for a 357 mag.

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