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Old April 22nd, 2010, 08:06 PM   #1
 
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need help picking ammo for LCR

I just bought an LCR and I was wondering if anybody prefers a specific brand of ammo for this gun. I am going to buy ammo for shooting at the range and ammo for concealed carry. I am a small female and am slightly worried about shooting such a light weight gun because of the recoil. Anyone have any suggestions?



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Old April 23rd, 2010, 11:49 AM   #2
 
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I use Winchester White Box ammo, 130 grain FMJ for general practice. Recoil is minimal and my 9 year old son loves to shoot it. If you also use the gun for home defense I would recommend you at the least get some hollow points if not something specifically designed for HD such as hornady self defense. Hope this helps, keep us informed on how things go.
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My wife carries concealed the LCR with crimson trace grips. She shoots Winchester White Box at the range (and it's not so horrible to clean after). She carries Extreme Shock Air Freedom 85 grain for a defense load. She does not shoot anything +p.
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Hydra shock or critical defence should be your ticket for SD; both non + P
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Remington UMC and Winchester White Box FMJ are a good range choice. FMJ takes a bit less cleaning effort than lead. Both are generally found pretty much everywhere. Once you are handling the standard pressue rounds well, try the +P from various manufacturers. If they prove hotter than you are comfortable then by all means switch back to standards. There are decent defense rounds in standard pressure but +P opens some more potent possibilities. Gold Dot, Cor-Bon, Hornady make good choices in both standard and +P
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LCR Ammo

For the range = cheapest. For SD I like Buffalo Bore 158Gr. +P LSWCHP GC.
The recoil is "noticable" but very controllable with the Hogue grips. Under strees of a gunfight you'll not notice it anyway.

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To handle the recoil at the range, I purchased a pair of PAST shooting gloves on Amazon. Very nice.
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Since I consider the 38 Special and 9mm to be the minimum of defensive calibers I will use, if given a choice, I pay particular attention to what I put in the gun for defensive usage.

My 38 Special round of choice is the Speer Gold Dot 135 Grain +P JHP. It's worked well for the NYPD and various others that have used the round in real life encounters. For practice, use what you want, but I would try to approximate my carry load if possible.

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My carry ammo is hydrashok, wadcutters for practice.
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Just to practice your marksmanship and trigger control, use what ever you can find that is the cheapest. The WWB 130 from WalMart are a good choice since the cost is low and so is the recoil. Just keep in mind that they probably will not have the same POI as your defensive loads. Thats OK and nothing to worry about. Just make sure that when you are done practicing, you just run a few of you chosen carry loads through the gun the get the feel for where they shoot. The Speer Gold Dot loads that were mentioned are great as are the Corbon DPX.
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Hydra shock or critical defence should be your ticket for SD; both non + P
I carry Hornady Critical Defense in my LCR (non +p). This gun HURTS from recoil, so use a shooting glove (I use a bicycle glove without fingers), for range practice, it will help. With the CT grip, you lose the cushion the stock grip came with. A great carry gun, good luck.
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I have always had good luck with Rugers and Critical Defense ammo.
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This gun HURTS from recoil, so use a shooting glove
This is a subjective observation, and depends on the individual shooter. My LCR does not hurt my hand while shooting it. Yes, it takes a bit getting used to, especially the +P loads. But a proper grip and plenty of practice seem to diminish the recoil effects. Alas, if this is a grave concern, perhaps this is the wrong choice firerarm for you.

+1 On the Speer Gold Dot 135 gr. +P JHP's for defense ammo. Google them - unmatched performance, proven track record and terminal ballistics. The Short Barrel version is specifically designed for optimal performance from snubbies.

For practice, as Rob1109 says, cheaper = better. Shoot what you can find the best prices on to work on grip, trigger control, etc. I agree with bigweatherby, though, that you should shoot some of your regular practice sessions with ammo that replicates your carry loads.

If you really want to take the plunge - do as I did, and start reloading!

Good luck :0)
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Hydra shock or critical defence should be your ticket for SD; both non + P
Just out of curiosity, why recommend non +P ammo for self-defense?
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This is a subjective observation, and depends on the individual shooter. My LCR does not hurt my hand while shooting it. Yes, it takes a bit getting used to, especially the +P loads. But a proper grip and plenty of practice seem to diminish the recoil effects. Alas, if this is a grave concern, perhaps this is the wrong choice firerarm for you.)
FYI It hurts because I put the CT on it, which does not have the cushion as the standard grip does. I do not need to fire it as a range gun(ie many rounds) so use a glove. I think if I need to use it CCW, I won't have time to think about the pain.
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