This is a discussion on 357 Mag out of LCR....OUCH!!! within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by high pockets SP101 with .357mag loads is still a handful, but not unreasonable. I load mine with .38spl +P 129 gr Federal ...
So. Back to tiny .357's....
I put 20 rounds of '357 Mag 158 gr XTP' - it's what the shop had on hand - through my LCR the other day along with 50 rounds of white box Winchester .38 special.
I popped off those rounds with some "gardening gloves" from Ace Hardware. Just enough padding and protection to matter. Yah, those .357's were stingers but as far as I can tell were no more or less accurate at cracking up empty cat litter boxes from out to 21 feet than the Winchesters. Don't ask about anything past 21 feet because I didn't have any reading type corrective lenses handy so the short sights were a blurry mess.
The +P stuff from buffalo bore was too much for me. So I tried their standard pressure, low flash stuff for short barrels.
It's still stiff, but a lot easier for me to manage, with my 442.
I have an SP101, and it's a lot of fun to shoot, even with full power loads.
Trust in God and keep your powder dry
"A heavily armed citizenry is not about overthrowing the government; it is about preventing the government from overthrowing liberty. A people stripped of their right of self defense is defenseless against their own government." -source
Used poor terminology. From across bedroom, I like Glasers for less wall penetration. As long as I can control my backstop, I prefer HSTs.
It's only 10' from bedroom door to bed. Not a lot of time for waking up and assessing situation (not to mention putting on glasses ). Much easier if going all the way to an exterior door.
"If you make something idiot proof, someone will make a better idiot."
And the moral of this story is...
The LCR is, for me, is a very powerful and very long stick - more or less. It will fit my self defense philosophy and style when I'm out and about. I have a sentinel to wake me up in time to make some choices when I'm at home.
The Buffalo Bore 38 +P 158 gr lswchp is good stuff, but it is pretty stout out of my 638. I am looking to buy a 357 steel frame and hopefully it will be a little more pleasant out of that.
Full house loads hurt my hands too out of my LCR 357 mag. I have found that Remington Golden Sabre 125g and anything that has the all copper Barnes Expander bullet suit my needs much better. I currently have Corbon DPX 125g in mine right now for SD. Both of these are much more manageable for me.
My personal choice is Federal Premium .357 130 gr Hydra Shok JHP Personal Defense. Good ballistics- out of a 4" bbl 1350-1400 fps/about 570 ft lbs of energy- manageable, relatively light muzzle flash and EXTREMELY accurate out of my LCR. This load made my LCR my primary EDC.
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I carry a Colt Delta Elite 10mm in Milt Sparks VM2 with 2 extra magazines on my belt. This is normally worn on a belt under my bib overalls and works great for me. My wife carries a Walther PPS .40 w/Crossbreed holster.
Lance--being that i am certified "fashion challanged"....i never noticed the clothes;
just that the grip could be improved from a technical POV
You plug 'em, I plant 'em
...kid can't read at 17 (Garcia/Hunter 1985)
Lack of preparation on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on mine
I shoot 125G. 357 from my LCR with no pain. The Tamer Grip seems to take the pain away. 158G. is too heavy. For years 125G. has been noted as the best Holow point to carry in 357. There are many 125G. 357 loads on the market that the LCR can handle and are not punishing to shoot. I carry Corbon as my SD round.