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Old August 20, 2014, 12:00 AM   #1
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need help with new gun buy???

i took my ccdw test the other day, i passed and outshot everyone there with my ruger service six, yes the same service six i at one time thought of trading or selling because of a little rust and a few tiny pits. not anymore as at 7yds double action 20rds tore a hole in the plyboard that my fist would go through. i was the only one there with a revolver, now to my question. i have a safariland 568 for my service six, and will use it till i get another gun, but now it seems i can get another gun in about two months. i want a revolver and a ruger if i can, what do ya'll suggest? the 357 lcr or the 357 sp101? mabe something else? i know it's two months but i like to plan ahead, thanks
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Old August 20, 2014, 01:53 AM   #2
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Whichever one is the most comfortable in your hand.
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Old August 20, 2014, 06:34 AM   #3
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I am leaning toward the LCR for a carry gun.

First, it is roughly 10 oz lighter than the SP101. Great for CCW day in and day out.
Secondly, it reportedly has a nice DA pull. In a defensive scenario, you will be using DA exclusively.

Get a SP101 if you want a revolver that will pull double duty as CCW and range gun. The extra weight will help out on the range.
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Old August 20, 2014, 07:39 AM   #4
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They are both lousy as 357, unless you're a big guy with a grip of iron. You'll back off to 38 Special, so you might as well buy a nice 38 Special or something heavier to handle the 357. You already have the best 357 for carry, assuming 357 caliber and 4" barrel. Buying a 357, knowing you will shoot 38, doesn't make sense to me. If you reload, then you can make it work, but it will shoot like a 38.

An LCR looks appealing in 38 for a backup or deeper concealment gun. Buying the 38-only version, with or without an exposed hammer, would be an option within Ruger. I don't care for the SP101 in 38, because the cylinder window is sized for 357 Magnum. It is easier to forgive that in the smaller. lighter LCR with superior DA action.
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Old August 20, 2014, 08:22 AM   #5
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Ditto what RealGun said.

The .38 +P LCR is a great pocket gun in an Uncle Mike's #3 or a Nemesis holster. Nice sights and trigger. .38+P is all you want out of these light guns, IMO.
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Old August 20, 2014, 10:53 AM   #6
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RealGUN: You already have the best 357 for carry, assuming 357 caliber and 4" barrel.

yes my service six is 4 inch barrel 357, it shoots the best i have ever seen. outshot everyone there at the class, i've shot out to 20yds with it and can keep all shots in a saucer size area shooting a double grip offhand. i just thought mabe a smaller gun in summer would be easier but i also know there is no way i'll get another gun new or used that shoots as good as my ruger service six. i for sure want a 357 and something different from the service six, one poster has told me just use it and get the best holster and ammo. thanks
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Old August 20, 2014, 11:27 AM   #7
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They cost a premium in many cases, but how about a Speed Six with a shorter barrel? The round butt grip frame conceals a little better than the Service Six square butts. Note that you will be giving up your adjustable sights with all these guns.
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Old August 20, 2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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I like the LCR in 357, easy to carry, shoot 38's or 357's
they even come with a small hammer on some now if
you want.
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