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Old November 27th, 2016, 02:50 PM   #1
 
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Low grain ammo question

I just purchased my first gun and bought a LCRx 38 special and love it. I am looking for advice on websites to purchase low grain ammo. I like the 90 grain due to my hand pain issues. I am looking for this to target shoot so I can become more comfortable with this gun. Thanks



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Old November 27th, 2016, 04:22 PM   #2
 
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Welcome to the forum. By low grain I'm guessing you want the light bullet weight loads? I know Hornady makes a 90gr Critical Defense that is supposed to be effective. I couldn't bring myself to buy .38spl ammo that light (I'm stubborn and a traditionalist) so I got the 110gr std pressure (not +P) Critical Defense. My 75yr old mother can handle it just fine in her LCR. The issue is that this is defensive ammo and is very expensive just to target shoot with. You are not going to practice a lot at seventy-five cents a round. I'm assuming by "hand pain issues" you mean that recoil hurts your hand. There are more factors affecting recoil than just the weight of the bullet. The weight of the gun, the fit and composition of the grips, and the velocity the bullet is propelled to all play into it. As long as your LCRx fits your hand and is comfortable to grip you should be able to fire heavier (but cheaper) lead bullets for target/ familiarization shooting. Look for 148gr Match Wadcutter .38 spl ammo at any of the major retailer's websites (MidwayUSA, Cabellas, Bass Pro, Natchez, Mid-South etc). Not only does this type of target ammo have very low recoil, its point of impact on the target will be closer to your point of aim. The generic 130gr FMJ and 158gr lead bullet loads are probably the easiest to find, the least expensive, and are relatively soft shooting compared to any defensive ammo. I hope this info helps. Enjoy that LCRx!
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Thank you for the info. By hand pain I mean that I do have crippling arthritis. The Rugar fits well and is comfortable to grip. Trying to find a firearm that I can handle and I am comfortable with has been challenging. The 90 grain seems to be fine but it is very $$ for practice shooting. Thanks again for your suggestion... it is appreciated!
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I just did a quick online search. The wadcutter ammo isn't as easy to find as I had thought. There are some outfits I've never done business with that have it, but I hesitate to recommend a company I'm not confident in. Sportsman's Guide has Remington ammo in stock for a fair price, and shipping is free right now. If you join their "club" you get a lower price. As a new shooter you are going to need a lot of the things they sell (ammo, range bags, pistol cases, eye and ear protection, gun cleaning gear etc.) so it is worth joining. Remington, .38 Special, TMWC Target Pistol / Revolver, 148 Grain, 50 Rounds - 283138, .38 Special Ammo at Sportsman's Guide
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Thank you for the info. By hand pain I mean that I do have crippling arthritis. The Rugar fits well and is comfortable to grip. Trying to find a firearm that I can handle and I am comfortable with has been challenging. The 90 grain seems to be fine but it is very $$ for practice shooting. Thanks again for your suggestion... it is appreciated!
I hope the info is helpful. My mother's issue was failing strength in her hands. The S&W she had used for years became a struggle for her to fire. Thankfully the engineers at Ruger came up with the wonderfully easy to operate roller-trigger mechanism in the LCR series revolvers. Happy pain-free shooting!
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Welcome to the forum. By low grain I'm guessing you want the light bullet weight loads? I know Hornady makes a 90gr Critical Defense that is supposed to be effective. I couldn't bring myself to buy .38spl ammo that light (I'm stubborn and a traditionalist) so I got the 110gr std pressure (not +P) Critical Defense. My 75yr old mother can handle it just fine in her LCR. The issue is that this is defensive ammo and is very expensive just to target shoot with. You are not going to practice a lot at seventy-five cents a round. I'm assuming by "hand pain issues" you mean that recoil hurts your hand. There are more factors affecting recoil than just the weight of the bullet. The weight of the gun, the fit and composition of the grips, and the velocity the bullet is propelled to all play into it. As long as your LCRx fits your hand and is comfortable to grip you should be able to fire heavier (but cheaper) lead bullets for target/ familiarization shooting. Look for 148gr Match Wadcutter .38 spl ammo at any of the major retailer's websites (MidwayUSA, Cabellas, Bass Pro, Natchez, Mid-South etc). Not only does this type of target ammo have very low recoil, its point of impact on the target will be closer to your point of aim. The generic 130gr FMJ and 158gr lead bullet loads are probably the easiest to find, the least expensive, and are relatively soft shooting compared to any defensive ammo. I hope this info helps. Enjoy that LCRx!
You have a good way with words. Nice write up.

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The 130 gr FMJ are often a fairly mild load for practice. I'm fairly certain I have a bunch of Perfecta of that weight.

If you are looking for a good place to buy ammo, I strongly recommend SGAmmo.com (in Stillwater OK). They have good prices and ship fast.
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Ash Girl 38, As ngashooter stated, 148gr lead hollow base wad cutters (LHBWCs) are getting harder to find but reloading components are easy to find. One of the most accurate handgun loads in the world is a 38 Special with 148gr HBWCs and 3gr of Bullseye powder. When NRA bullseye matches were popular 20 years ago, you could find these factory loads anywhere for a very modest price .... but now they are pretty much special order.

What makes them so great is .... recoil is exceptionally light and accuracy is superb. They also make an excellent self defense load because they literally cut a hole in flesh rather than making skin stretch and reseal like conventional bullets.

Maybe you can find a local reloader that is willing to help you out.

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I use the Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special regular pressure 90 grain jhp FTX Bullet with good results with my Ruger LCRX my hands cannot take the pounding with such a light weight gun. I tried 5 different loads when I first bought my LCRX, the 158 grain lead semi wad cutter or the round nose works ok as long as it isn't the +p stuff. But by far my best results came with the Hornady Critical Defense load I mention I was hitting POA/POI right on at 7-10 yds. I have reloaded using the 158 grain jhp or LSWC or a 150 grain LSWC. As Iowegan mentions a 148 grain wad cutter might work out for you. If you reload you might want to try some brass plated bullets by Berrys. I am thinking the Hornady FTX line of bullets would be available for reloading your own receipt for reloading as well. Good Luck!!!
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Maybe you can find a local reloader that is willing to help you out.

Or your favorite uncle Ash Girl 38, welcome to the forum and to shooting sports.......keep saving your brass!
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Thank you all for the input!! All the suggestions are greatly appreciated as this is all new to me. With Cyber Monday deals I found some of your suggested ammo and will try it out. Ashman...Another box is empty... Start reloading!! Looks like a membership to the gun range is next on my list.
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