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Old February 2nd, 2017, 02:54 PM   #16
 
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I was thinking about getting a 357, is there any 357 that weighs the same and is the same size a 38special revolver?

I think a 38 special will do the job, especially considering I won't be making any long shots with it, this is more for like I'm out hiking, la de dah, oh crap a dog is running at me, barking, teeth barred, ready to attack, I pull the revolver out and shoot it. If it latches on or tackles me, contact shots will do even more damage.
Well I mean there's the LCR .357. It's the same dimensions as the .38 model, but it weights 4 oz more. I have it and I love it, but if I'm doing serious camping or woodsy stuff, I take a .44 mag. That is definitely not concealable though.



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Hunter49, I guess my biggest issue with a larger gun is concealment. I want something that can be comfortably carried in the pocket (in a holster of course). I also saw that LCRx 38 special with the 3" barrel and the big grip, and wow, that thing is huge. I don't think I could stuff that thing in my pocket if I were Paul Bunyan
Yes that LCRX is definitely bigger. I'm thinking you're on the right track if you are pocket carrying.
If you do get a snub 38 look into some wadcutters for a carry round. Underwood makes a 150 grain and I know Buffalo Bore makes the same. They have some impressive penetration.
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So what you saying is, you'll be "in the woods", but an area easily accessable by the public, got it.
Then a snubbie 38 does fit the bill quite nicely. I'm sure you'll be happy with that Ruger, congrats!
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Easy answer one of two guns both 3 inch barreled either SP101 .357 or LCRX 3 .38Special +p end of discussion period!!!
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I'll throw in my two cents worth. I own both a LCR in 357 and a SP101 in 357. I have Pachmayr grips on my SP101 and have them ordered for my LCR and still can pocket carry either one. The grips are maybe 1/2" longer that allows for the pinky finger. They are also a little stouter than the standard Hogue grip. I think the SP101 in 357 would serve you better for the purpose you describe. You gain 3/8" more barrel and have another 10 oz. of steel to absorb recoil. Every little bit of length helps in realizing velocity potential. Even if you to shoot only 38's or +P's the heavier frame is there for you if you eventually decide to step up. I'm have my hopes up that Ruger will eventually introduce a 3" LCR IN 357... I don't think another 1" will make a difference in my pockets.
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Boot Grip

This what the LCR Boot Grip looks like. Good luck with your choice!
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I have owned an LCR 38 and currently have a Smith 642 that I pocket carry, strong side front pocket. For that purpose the 642 is ideal. I also own an SP101 2 1/4" in 357 Mag and when I woods carry I do it with that. Now I carry OWB in the woods but when I wish to carry it IWB I use a Crossbreed Supertuck and it handles it well with a good stiff belt.

As to the 357 Mag it sounds like you have accepted some of the internet hyperbole. First off in an SP101 the 357 is not excessive with the recoil. I am a heavy bullet fan which tend to push back a little harder but even with them the SP is quite manageable. Personally I would rather shoot the SP with full house 357's than the 642 or the 38 LCR with hot +P loads like Buffalo Bore, etc. As to the short BBL I think there is a thread that has been posted in the last 2-3 months that dispels that myth. If someone can remember the title help me out pls.
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A snub nose is not a good carry gun for the woods unless you are a one hell of a shot . Am carrying a snub nose 360J frame everyday just because of my work and every time when getting deep in the woods I wish my 4" security six was on my side , lots of hog and bear sign this week. I think you need at least a 3" barrel this would help a lot using shot shells as well I would think and still be small enough to carry.
I am waiting for Ruger to make the LCRx in 9mm or 357 and might get a 38 spl anyway for a EDC.
Another thing to consider is make sure what ever you get has single action as well for more accurate shots.
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I also would like to recommend the SP101 2 1/4" in 357 Mag. I EDC mine and its very easy to conceal and carry. Plus again you have the 357 mag compared to 38 special.
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...I think a 38 special will do the job, especially considering I won't be making any long shots with it, this is more for like I'm out hiking, la de dah, oh crap a dog is running at me, barking, teeth barred, ready to attack, I pull the revolver out and shoot it. If it latches on or tackles me, contact shots will do even more damage.
For that scenario, I would think a 'bear sized' can of pepper spray would be faster and easier to score a 'hit' with.

For an outdoors-oriented revolver, the smallest I would carry would be a 3" .357 SP101. In a good holster rig, the extra weight over an LCR-size gun should carry well, and the weight will help with faster repeat shots over a lighter, shorter gun.
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I like the .38 snub in my back pocket when walking trails in the woods myself. The model 37 Airweight Smith & Wesson suites me fine. I keep it loaded with Federal Personal Defense loads, which have milder recoil in the snub barrel. It only weighs 17 1/2 oz. fully loaded with the Uncle Mike J Frame grip pictured. I did use it once while in the woods. My daughter and I came up on a possible rabid Raccoon on the trail. It had no fear of us, was walking in circles, and acting very strange. One shot in heart lung area put it out if its misery. It comes with the boot grip but my large hands like the larger grip better. Of course where I am, we don't have to worry about bears or large dangerous game.

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Myself, I prefer a pocket 9mm, using Hornady Critical Defense loads. Most will carry in a pocket holster and are easily concealable, and you generally have better than the 5 or 6 shot option. Granted I'm originally from Northeastern Wisconsin myself and am quite aware of the predators in that area of the country, both 2 and 4 legged. Good luck in whatever you decide to carry, generally a shot fired into the ground is generally sufficient to scare off the most ardent 4 legged predator, however, a bear (black bears) are very unpredictable, and believe it or not have killed more humans than grizzly's have. It is best to avoid them altogether if possible. JMHO.
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