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Ruger .38 spl. Lcr - very pleased.

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by RVER, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. RVER

    RVER

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    After playing around with pocket autos for some time I revisited the revolver and ended up a .38 Spl. LCR. I briefly considered the .357 Magnum LCR (a little heavier in weight and could fire both .38 and .357 ammunition), but I had no intention of shooting .357's out of it. That's what my wife's 3" GP100 is for. The gun that I bought was still in the factory box and is perfect in fit, finish, function, and accuracy. The grips are very comfortable, and although a bit large for pocket carry, they are perfect for “inside the waistband” carry. "Boot" grips are available from Ruger if you want to pocket carry. The retail price was $425.00 for the .38 Spl. The .357 Magnum was $475.00. And The Crimson Trace Laser Grip model was $650.00.

    AMMUNITION / ACCURACY: At 7 yards all of the ammunition fired had the same point of impact – dead center of the target leaving one ragged hole. Recoil was mild with Winchester 130 grain FMJ and Federal 148 grain full wadcutter loads, and “manageable” with Federal 158 grain +P Nyclad HP and CCI 135 grain +P GDHP (my choice for carry). With the +P's the recoil, while not punishing, was not pleasant either. I was very surprised to find that the LCR, although lighter than the Smith and Wesson “Airweight” revolver, has what I felt was considerably less felt recoil. And a much nicer trigger. I fired a total of 50 rounds of ammunition with 100% reliability.

    The gun carries nicely in a common suede Bianchi IWB clip holster (I like using the holster sized for K frames as smaller revolvers sit lower and holster easier). A really nice CCW / "off duty" / BUG weapon.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012
  2. Chup

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    I bought the 357 LCR. It has become my favorite Snub to shoot. 125g. 357 is painless to shoot and is accurate. Ruger has some great Snubs.
     

  3. G19aps

    G19aps

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    I certainly prefer my 38 LCR with XS sights and boot grips for pocket carry over my S&W 340 M&P. The XS sight is "good enough" and has the tritium advantage, but I prefer the square front sight that is on my 22 LCR.
     
  4. F_G

    F_G

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    +1 for the XS front sight. My LCR didn't come with one from the factory, but I installed one about 2 months ago, best modification I ever did.
     
  5. Chup

    Chup

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    Same here.
     
  6. FM12

    FM12 I need AMMO!

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    Sticking with my aged Colt Agent for right now. Enjoy though.
     
  7. RVER

    RVER

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    Im thinking about adding the same sight. Thanks,

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  8. bac1023

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    Glad to hear you're happy with it.