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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SpyderSaint, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. SpyderSaint

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    Deciding between LCR .327 magnum DAO (for pocket carry so I don’t want the hammer to allow lint) and a Kimber K6S in .357. Most people I talk to buy the .357 and then shoot/carry .38 + P because of recoil/noise, etc. I am wondering how important the weight is for pocket carry in a motorcycle jacket. Do I get the LCR with 10 or so fewer ounces in the lower recoil, higher penetration .327 (than .38) plus the extra shot, or the Kimber with the extra shot and added weight for carrying .357?
     
  2. denster

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    Get the Kimber. Awesome gun and no problem with pocket carry.
     
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    I'd get the .327.
     
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    The kimber is only 6 oz heavier.
     
  6. SpyderSaint

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    Why?
     
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    But isn’t the .327 a more powerful round than a .38? Wouldn’t I want to carry the most powerful I can?
     
  8. SteadyD

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    Then why not carry 357? It’s more powerful than a 327.

    For me, a 38 is not nearly as loud and as a 327 and for the most part doesn’t have as much r
    By this thinking, why not carry 357? It’s more powerful than 327. For me, 327 is far too loud. It’s surprising how loud that round is. I personally prefer either 38 special or 32 H&R Magnum.
     
  9. SpyderSaint

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    Exactly...both are more powerful than a .38. So why carry it? If you are practicing, you will have heating protection. If you need it for self defense, I’d rather be alive to hear the momentary ringing in my ears.
     
  10. SteadyD

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    Why carry a 357 when you could carry a 44? Or why carry a 44 when you could carry a 454? We all have to make a decision on what is good enough. It’s a personal decision for each of us. My idea of what’s good enough won’t be the same as everyone else’s.

    I own both of the guns in question and think the K6s is technically the better gun, but I also really like the LCR. When I carry the LCR, it’s with 32 Magnum and when I carry the Kimber it’s with 38 special. Good luck on your search. I don’t think you can go wrong with either.
     
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  11. Macchina

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    Most people think the most powerful round is the #1 criteria for picking a gun. I thought this as a kid when I got my 300 Win Mag for deer. Didn't do so hot hunting and it was loud and gave me a flinch. I now hunt deer with 357 or 44 lever guns and it kills them just as fast as a rifle cartridge.

    The power of the cartridge is maybe 3rd or 4th on the list of selection criteria as long as every option is reasonable.

    Don't underestimate how much the loudness of a round should factor into your selection. Every use of a CCW is not the textbook shooting a mugger... I've had to shoot feral dogs, signal to a lost brother in the woods, and even an impromptu checking of my sights when I had to load a round I never used in that gun before and didn't have hearing protection. A low pressure round may not be the most powerful but I also feel other attributes are more important than power.

    Shooting an ultralight 38 Special ACCURATELY 5 times is so much easier than an ultralight 357.
     
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  12. SpyderSaint

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    Thanks. Good to hear the perspective of someone that owns both.
     
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    I would carry a .357 or a .38 loaded with .38.
    I have an S&W 60 Pro. I can shoot .357 but the noise is quite phenomenal and follow up shots are not quick. I would rather have the ability to have quicker follow up shots than the power of the .357 magnum in a concealed carry gun. Even with +P .38 loads follow up shots would be easier.

    I have no experience with .327 but I do have experience with .32 Magnum. The noise from the.32 Magnum was much more piercing than the .38 Special when I did some indoor testing years ago. I am sure the .327 would be more dramatic than the .32 Magnum.
     
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    If you are going to carry 38 +P in your gun, then buy a .38 cal revolver and forget the extra weight and cost of a .357 mag.
     
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    ^^^I gotta go with this.
     
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    How much dead do you need? IMO shot placement is more important than a few extra FPS. Only hits count plus I think a heavier bullet is better than light bullets. Of course that's only my opinion, you choose what you think is best for you. Like I said, dead is dead and more dead doesn't matter.
     
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    More powerful doesn't necessarily mean more effective.

    I'd take an old school 38spcl 158gr LSWCHP +P over a much lighter, faster 32cal JHP even though it might have higher kinetic energy number.
     
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    I wish I could give that post several likes.
     
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    I’m sure .327 is a great round but it’s more of a niche round than a mainstream round. Finding it locally isn’t going to be nearly as easy as finding some 38 Special or .357. Sure you can get it online but it’s going to be more expensive and there’s significantly fewer options.

    I’ve got a newer Colt Cobra and it’s a good gun. If you think you need a .357 the Kimber has been getting good reviews for years now. I own a number of .357’s but don’t have the desire to own any in a small frame.
     
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    If i had to go six rounds it'd be .357, but five 45's add up to be more (6x357=2142 ----- 5x452=2260)
     
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    Yes, if you can shoot it as accurately and as quickly. It's not all about power for conceal carry, it's about effect. When you're going to the liquor store to buy some relaxing adult beverages, you don't need to be loaded for bear and you're not looking to go to war if somebody don't like you or wants to take something from you.

    To defend yourself, a .32 is plenty and in a 6 shot LCR, it's in a good package of a comfortable and light gun, but good trigger and one you can get a lot of shots on target quick thanks to the lower recoil.

    .357's in snub revolvers are not fun or comfortable to shoot and I'm not entirely sure what all .38 hollow points are effective in snubs. The .32's have lower recoil and the defense ammo from Speer and Hornady is pretty damn good.
     
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    Whatever you do, don’t take a spill while carrying. From experience I can tell you just a pocket carried flip phone in a spill put a world of hurt on me for a while.
     
  24. donandmax

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    You don't need magnum, I carry .380 (small 1911 style) I've shot it into all kinds of material and believe me it'll stop just about anything (except big game of course)
     
  25. bassjam

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    For front jeans pocket, go with the LCR. For a jacket, I'd still go with the LCR for a normal jacket. If this is a tight fitting true motorcycle jacket though, you're right the weight doesn't matter. But width might matter in case of a crash, when I ride I carry an LCP in my jacket pocket.
     
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