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Picking up a Ruger LCR on sat... been a long while since i carried a snubby.... prob gonna go with the usual 125gr JHP xtp....any other suggestions?
 

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158 grain lead semi-wadcutters and 158 grain lead semi-wadcutters only, especially in the snubs.

Lately I've been carrying ammunition from a small batch prepared a month or so back. Seemed a little more accurate on target than the factory stuff or maybe I was just in a shooting humor when I gave it a "check-ride." Or, it could all be in my head.

158 grain lead SWC/5.1 grains Unique

2-Inch Barrel
MV: 922 fps
ME: 298 ft./lbs.
ES: 40 fps
SD: 19 fps

4-Inch Barrel
MV: 987 fps
ME: 342 ft./lbs.
ES: 67 fps
SD: 28 fps

There's also a box of Remington +P 158 grain lead semi-wadcutter hollow point loads are around here as well as Winchester's version of the same loading. The Remington version is a bit speedier and seems to have a softer lead bullet than Winchester's version.

Remington +P 158 grain lead SWC

2-Inch Barrel

MV 875 FPS
ME 273 ft./lbs.
ES 61
SD 23

4-Inch Barrel

MV 942 FPS
ME 311 ft./lbs.
ES 66
SD 30
 

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I carry gold dot 135 gr short barrel or 158 gr lead semi wad cutters + P's
 

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Let's see, I have a few Hornady CD 110 gr +P, a few Winchester PDX1 130 gr +P, and five rounds of Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWC HP +P available for carry in my LCR. These BB feel like they are pushing .357 territory. :image035: :wave:

PDX1 is what's been in my LCR since the last cleaning. I'll be snagging some Remington 38 Special +P 158 Grain (R38S12), the FBI load, if it ever becomes available for mere mortals at some time in the future.
 

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130 grain Winchester Ranger T +P HP in an LCR, wife carries Hornady Critical Defense standard pressure 110 gain in a Smith 642. Also been known to carry hard cast 158 grain SWC or hard cast 148 grain WC, loaded to around 800 fps.
 

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I used to carry the Speer 135 gr. .38 +P short barrel rounds until I saw a few ballistic gel tests for the Remington Golden Saber 125 +P. I was surprised to see the Sabers expand more reliably and penetrate more deeply than the Gold Dots did. Plus the recoil is lighter, they are cheaper and more readily available. I now own a few boxes and it is what I carry in my LCR. Check it out on YouTube and make up your own mind. They are not the gun forum ammo of choice but they work well.
 

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Federal 158+P LSWC-HP in my 3" Model 36.
 
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158 grain lead semi-wadcutters and 158 grain lead semi-wadcutters only, especially in the snubs.

Lately I've been carrying ammunition from a small batch prepared a month or so back. Seemed a little more accurate on target than the factory stuff or maybe I was just in a shooting humor when I gave it a "check-ride." Or, it could all be in my head.

158 grain lead SWC/5.1 grains Unique

2-Inch Barrel
MV: 922 fps
ME: 298 ft./lbs.
ES: 40 fps
SD: 19 fps

4-Inch Barrel
MV: 987 fps
ME: 342 ft./lbs.
ES: 67 fps
SD: 28 fps

There's also a box of Remington +P 158 grain lead semi-wadcutter hollow point loads are around here as well as Winchester's version of the same loading. The Remington version is a bit speedier and seems to have a softer lead bullet than Winchester's version.

Remington +P 158 grain lead SWC

2-Inch Barrel

MV 875 FPS
ME 273 ft./lbs.
ES 61
SD 23

4-Inch Barrel

MV 942 FPS
ME 311 ft./lbs.
ES 66
SD 30
Have had any problem with bullet jump?
 

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Have had any problem with bullet jump?
No, nary a one. This includes factory ammunition and handloads (which are heavily crimped) and ammunition used in Airweight Smith & Wesson J-Frames over a 30+ year period.
 

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I have one J-frame snub suitable for .38 +P. It's a Model 60-12, which was the last .38 special only Model 60, even though it has the longer .357 cylinder and frame. Bought NIB in summer of '98 with frame mounted firing pin and MIM hammer. Depending on the situation, load it with the following:

Outdoor Hiking- Speer Lawman 158 gr TMJ +P, Double Tap 158 gr LSWC +P or Winchester 158 gr JSP +P (Old Q-load). These loads are for maximum penetration on four-legged hostiles.

Urban- Speer 135 gr Gold Dot +P, Remington Express 158 gr LSWCHP +P, or Winchester Ranger 110 gr JHP +P+. I like the performance of the Ranger, as it shots to the sights (surprisingly) and does a number to test media. It probably would not shoot through a bad guy and the rattle down the 16th Street Mall looking for the first baby stroller in sight.
 
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