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Ruger LCR .38 vs. Ruger LCR .357

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by stinger 327, Dec 20, 2010.

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  1. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Member

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    Is the difference only 17.10 oz. for .357 and 13.5 oz for .38 other than calibers?:confused:
     
  2. Texasred

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    they are the same size, but .357 is made of stainless not aluminum/titanium.
     
  3. stinger 327

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    What does this mean? That the .357 will be heavier in weight?
     
  4. Deus Machina

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    That's it. The same reason a steel-framed pistol is heavier than one with an alloy frame. Simple material density, and the slightly longer cylinder on .357.

    The stainless instead of aluminum/titanium/whatever is for the extra strength .357 needs.
     
  5. stinger 327

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    This is going to be a tough one. Decisions decisions which one to get?
    I would think it makes more sense to get the LCR .357 over the LCR .38 special because the .357 model can shoot both loads. If you don't give up anything in size and a 4 ounce increase the .357 would be the one to get.
     
  6. LightningMan

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    I handled both the .357 & .38 side by side at a gun show last weekend and yes the frames are made from different materials but the cylinders looked to be the same length, that was eyeballing them side by side. LM
     
  7. JDMorris

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    I will probably never buy a handgun restricted to shooting .38 only.
    I still don't have my own one yet but I shoot with my dad alot, And I think having the versatility of .357 for serious buisiness and .38 for plinking it great.
     
  8. motorcycle-charlie

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    load that thing up with some .38 +p and i dont think who ever is on the wrong side of the barrel will question how serious your buisness is.
     
  9. The Lone Haranguer

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    I can see a .357 version for those who want a little more weight for shooting the hotter .38 Special loads, but it is still too light for magnums, IMO. I found even the much heavier SP101 quite a handful with those.
     
  10. stinger 327

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    I have an SP-101 and this gun is alot heavier than the LCR series. It would be more difficult to use the SP-101 as an EDU vs. these lighter LCR's.
     
  11. stinger 327

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    I agree because you can shoot both through a .357. It is just that is the LCR .357 more difficult to carry and conceal than a LCR .38 special?
     
  12. stinger 327

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    Which one would be easier to carry and live day to day with?
     
  13. motorcycle-charlie

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    just buy the .357
     
  14. stinger 327

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    Yes I agree. I don't need to add another caliber to the collection as it starts to get expensive when you spread yourself out with all of these different calibers.

    .357 it is:D now here's a good one the Ruger LCR .357 or the Ruger SP-101 .357?:eek:
     
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    I don't agree. Having carried and shot 357 and 38spl snubbies most of my adult life, given the choice, I would buy the 38spl. Loaded with +P ammo, I would be just as well armed but would have the added benefit of less recoil, which in turn means faster and more accurate follow-up shots.
     
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    I would buy the 357. If you decide that 357 is too much, just load it with 357. The 357 loaded with 38's will have less felt recoil than the lighter 38 gun. Just get the 357 and be done with it.
     
  17. stinger 327

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    I agree but which one?:eek: SP-101 .357 or LCR .357?:confused:
     
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    i thought you said you already have an sp101.
     
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    The 101 is 26oz.! It will be easier to shoot and heavier to carry. Since I got an LCR and a 642 I don't even thing about the 101 unless I plan on the .357, which I would NEVER shoot out of an LCR! Rent it first! For resale the LCR .357 would be a better idea, since there is always some tough guy who can handle it.....maybe.
     
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    For me, since the LCR is too large for pocket carry(my opinion), that means it would be carried the same way I carry all my revolvers, in a IWB holster, which means that the 4 extra ounces mean nothing. They would, though, mean something in terms of recoil control and simply having a stronger gun that will hold up better using higher pressure rounds.

    So, for me, it would be a no brainer, even though I do not plan on ever shooting .357's out of that light of a gun, (38 plus p's are what I'd use, or the Buffalo Bore .38 158 gr rounds), I would get the .357 for the little extra weight, and a stronger gun.
     
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    Buffalo Bore! also, the Gold Dot +P short barrel.
     
  22. stinger 327

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    I do but I love this Lipsey limited edition with grey finish and wood insert handles.
    I was also thinking of getting a second one but with the Crimson Laser Grip.
    It would be the same with the LCR model also equipped with Crimson Laser grip.
    So the choice comes up again for me in .357 another SP-101 standard shiny stainless steel model with Crimson laser grips or the LCP design in .357.
     
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    There is more versatility with the .357 model whether it be the LCR model or SP-101 model.
     
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    Someone who has the .357 LCR--can you give a detailed recoil report or better yet a good video from the side? I'm skeptical about the shootability of these little things with magnum rounds but maybe Ruger has figured out a way to make it work. Comparing with the SP-101 would be ideal.
     
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    I have faith that the Ruger SP-101 is a robust gun and will hold up. It's also heavier. I realize recoil on SP-101 won't be as bad as the lighter carry model LCR. Like I said before I heard those S & W Scandium/Titanium ultralight snubbies are no fun to shoot. These light snubbies are just for when you must use them as a last resort Just when you need to and that shouldn't be much if any.
    But figure this gun won't be under constant fire with .357 loads and it's a carry & conceal gun so it won't get the kind of use a normal firearm might get at the range.
     
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