Ruger LCR 38+P or 357

Ruger LCR 38+P or 357

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    Ruger LCR 38+P or 357

    This would be my first revolver ever, and I'm thinking of getting the Ruger Lcr, and I cant decide on the caliber, should I go with 357 or 38 cal. I like the 357, but just wondering if it would be a little to much for such a small gun....help!!!


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    I own the LCR in .38 spl, I've only fired about 50 rounds through it, but it does pack a little bit of punch to it. I have yet to fire any +P rounds through it but should be able to in the next few days. I was in the same boat as you are, and I chose the .38 spl because I can shoot it without it ripping off my arms.

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    i would choose the LCR .38..you can fire +p or standard pressure and it only weighs 13.5 ounces..the.357 weighs about 17 ounces, but i'm sure will be punishing as heck to shoot..

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    I think the LCR in .357 would be a handfull, more than you might want to shoot often enough to maintain proficiency. The .38, + or not, will do the job if you do.
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    You can buy a .357 and still shoot any type of .38 through it. If you ever decide to shoot .357 you have that option. A .357 is two guns in one.
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    2 guns in one, does sound good, and only adding 4oz, hummm you may have helped me reach a turning point in my decision...

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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    You can buy a .357 and still shoot any type of .38 through it. If you ever decide to shoot .357 you have that option. A .357 is two guns in one.
    Yup, that's the truth of it right there, but the .357 has the ability to shoot three loads. Having the .357 load is awesome, but for practice shoot the .38's to save $, fatigue and recovery time.
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    Depends on the difference in price and size. Odds are you'll try .357 magnum in it once, and swear it off in that light of a gun. If it costs more and is bigger, do you really want a .357 if you'll never shoot that round in it? I have a S&W Model 60 in 357 magnum that weighs in at 24.5 oz. Personally, I wouldn’t go lighter than that in .357 magnum.
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    get the .357 and carry .38+P. A better range gun and easier to control.

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    Stainless Steel frame in the LCR 357, weight is a little more, helps with felt recoil and better than aluminum.

    I have the 357 and love it, see no need for the 38 spl, other that I see them everywhere, bought the only 357 I've seen. Went looking for another one this afternoon, still looking.

    Recoil two handed is not too bad. I am a skinny guy. Here is a video of it NOT blowing my hand off. 130 gr 357 Rem's if I recall correctly.http://s878.photobucket.com/albums/a...t=IMG_0659.mp4

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    I would definitely choose the .38 model over the .357 due to the light frame of the LCR. It's hard enough to control an alloy frame much less the plastic variants. Besides, the .38 model is a tad smaller footprint. I almost purchased it when it first came out but I'm a die-hard metal fan. They are nice in terms of trigger action and all, so it's not a bad gun by any means.

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    +1 .38 spl LCR!

    It's currently resting in my gym shorts in a pocket holster. I use it as my quick errand gun, when dress attire requires pocket carry, or when I'm outside watching my kids play…which is daily in the FL sun!

    Lightweight and packed with Speer SB .38 +P ammo.

    I doubt if I would get the LCR in .357, due to the recoil being pretty stout. It's stout when I shoot mine (recoil was better before I put laser grip on LCR).

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    This should be an easy answer....buy the one that lets you shoot BOTH the .38's and the .357's. It's just common sense. The size and weight differences between them are negligible I don't know why you would even consider getting the .38spl only version.
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    I would choose the 357 model. It's a little heavier than the 38 model and the 357 frame is stainless steel instead of the 38's aluminum frame (IIRC).

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    I would vote for the 357. If you reload or get into it there is a lot of room between +p and 357 that you can take advantage of and tailor loads to suit you.

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