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Ruger LCR 357 opinions

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by G17Gen4, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. G17Gen4


    Nov 16, 2010
    I was thinking about getting a small pocket revolver in .357 magnum and I was looking at a LCR at work today and the trigger feels pretty good for a double action only gun. How is the quality of the gun and how is the recoil with .357 rounds?
  2. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Sold my LCR .38 (traded actually for a Ruger SP 101) +P ammo was too snappy for me. cant imagine the .357 recoil. Light is nice when carrying, but firing several rounds at the range can be tough on the hand.

    Rent one and check it out, to each their own. I do like my LCP however.

  3. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I thought the opposite of the trigger, and I couldn't imagine shooting .357mag out of it.

    I thought the Smith bodygaurd .38 was even worse than the Ruger.

    There are lots of good used 642/442 Smiths out there.
  4. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
    I have an LCR in 357 and it is great. Very fun to shoot 357, it is loud and has a huge fireball, and 38 is very easy to manage. It weighs 4oz more than the 38 version, that helps a little with the considerable recoil.
  5. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    +1 on the SP 101. IMHO, it is the greatest cc revolver ever! :wavey:
  6. Fedor


    Apr 19, 2011
    A .357 LCR will probably be my next Handgun.
  7. 09crue


    Jul 27, 2009
    i recently bought the LCR in 38 special over the 357 for a couple reasons..the 357 is 4ozs heavier,doesn't seem like alot but for concealed carry it makes a noticeable differance..also,shooting 357 rounds from a 17oz gun is going to be punishing,more blast,more recoil resulting in slower follow up shots..i woukd suggest getting the sp101 if you want to carry a 357,it is heavy but built like a tank or get the lcr in 38+p JMO


    Feb 1, 2006
    S.A. TEXAS
    Go with the 357 and if you don't like it then just shoot 38's....:dunno:
  9. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Pretty much this. And IMO shooting .357's out of such a small gun is fun.
  10. I bought two LCR .357 magnum this year. My constant companion. Excellent trigger, excellent grips. I don't shoot full power .357 though. Reduced power .357 or 38 special, depending. This gun conceals well in the pocket, or on the ankle. Just bought the GP100 to be my house gun. In 39 years, I have yet to have a revolver jam (now that I write this, it probably will happen).
    I have owned several J frames, they don't measure up to this gun. Ruger has set a new standard.
  11. JaPes

    JaPes Rimfire 1010101

    Aug 21, 2010
    NW Burbs, IL
    Ruger KLCR .357 Magnum

    To sum up:

    • .38 Special = mild recoil, shoot all day

    • .38 + P = stout recoil, shoot most of the day

    • .357 Mag = violent, shoot a few
    There has been much opinion posted about .357 Magnum snub nose revolvers. Some get their panties in a bunch defending their opinion either pro or against .357 Magnum.

    The same arguments get posted over and over. The KLCR weighs more than the LCR. .357 Magnum recoil is too much out of a little gun. Blah...blah...blah...

    The closest thing to the truth you'll get:

    Either you can tolerate shooting a .357 Magnum snub revolver or you can't. You won't really know until you experience it yourself.

    Personally, I don't mind shooting .357 Magnum out of the KLCR. Will I do it all day long? No. Is the recoil violent? Hell yes. It's part and parcel of shooting a .357 snub.

    The main advantage of the KLCR over the LCR is that the KLCR gives you the option to shoot .38 Special, .38 +P, and .357 Mag.
  12. GoBigOrange


    May 22, 2010
    East TN
    I absolutely adore my LCR in .38 and I see a .357 version in my future. I highly doubt you will regret your decision.
  13. Cap'n


    Jul 9, 2009
    Among many handguns, revolvers and pistols, I own an LCR .357.

    It has a magnificent DAO trigger and is remarkably accurate.

    My carry load is .38 Special +P 135-grain Speer GDHP. Recoil is not an issue with the standard grips.

    HOWEVER, I fired ONE round of .357 magnum -- a high-end but not max load developed for my Ruger SP-101 -- and my hand stung so badly, I gave that up real fast. (On the other hand, I can shoot that same load all day long in the 2-inch SP-101 with Hogue grip.)

    Since my intent was only to carry the Speer load mentioned above anyway, the gun is a keeper for me.
  14. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    +1 million. Dead spot on.

    I kick myself, for not snatching up a used LCR .357 at my local gunstore when I first saw it. I came back later asking about it and it was GONE. It was $300 basically like new. The store owner told me not to worry, he should be getting another used one eventually, and he will call me when that time comes. He says some people buy .357 lightweight snubnoses thinking they can't be that bad. Most people who buy a LCR never shot .357 in their life, and when they settle on the gun they think "I'll buy the .357 because its better than a .38". Even people who have shot .357 before usually have shot it out of a 2 to 3 pound steel revolver with a 4" barrel. So its a little smaller and lighter, how bad can it be?
  15. JaPes

    JaPes Rimfire 1010101

    Aug 21, 2010
    NW Burbs, IL
    You've described the circumstances leading to my KLCR purchase. I found one used for $300. It was basically brand new. Looked like someone shot maybe a cylinder of .357 Mag and then sold it.
  16. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    Do you have a lightweight .38 already? If you don't, then get it. Even if you don't like shooting .357 out of it, basically use it as a 17oz .38 snubbie carry gun. :dunno:

    You can't even find a new Taurus .38 or .357 for $300.
  17. cloudbuster


    Mar 17, 2005
    I love mine. Great tigger, comfortable grip. Feels great in the hand.

    I had to learn how to shoot .357 out of it comfortably. It trained me out of some bad habits. A firm, close-contact grip makes shooting .357 painless even one-handed, over the short term.

    Loud as heck -- you can consider that a benefit or a drawback. :)
  18. Chup


    Feb 11, 2008
    N. Ohio
    My sentiments exactly
  19. AWGD8

    AWGD8 Sr. Glocker29SF

    Mar 19, 2006
    I just bought one and still waiting for it. I think this gun will be the best CCW for people who live in a cold climate. Here in midwest, there is no way i can holster a gun during winter season since it is a PITA to grab the gun when the jacket is zipped.

    It makes sense that having this gun in a coat pocket , will give you an easy access on the trigger , without drawing anything. You can fire the gun inside the pocket easily or at hip level. 5 rounds are enough for you to escape or run if you could, if you are a regular civilian and not a cop.

    The 357 load is for self defense only and not a regular rAnge load. Although, it is a good practice to at least know what to expect when you pulled the trigger using a 357 ammo. For range ammo, the regular 38 or +p are ideal, since it is a bit cheaper, and you get to feel and master the trigger at the same time....
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011
  20. I always worry about full power .357 in a snub nose, in case a primer moves out and locks the cylinder, due to violent recoil. Reduced power .357, 158 gr swchp +p, nyclads, full wadcutters, glaser silver, all are good self defense rounds. I like full power .357 in a full size revolver.