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Old July 16th, 2012, 09:19 AM   #31
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Just got to the range yesterday with my LCR-357, and I can recommend it.

I was shooting 130 grain .38 Special FMJ, and the recoil wasn't bad at all, even with the boot grip which is better for concealed carry. I never intend to shoot .357, but bought it over the .38 model for the tougher construction. Stainless frame instead of aluminum, and a tougher grade of stainless in the barrel and cylinder.

Only 3.6 oz. heavier, at 17.1 oz. The boot grip knocks that down to 16.6...............The SP is a good half-pound heavier, with a lot less rounded shape.

The trigger is a nice weight, with a helpful flat spot before the hammer falls. You can latch the cylinder, then hold the trigger to true up your aim before finishing the squeeze. Almost as good as SA with a cocked hammer.



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bearcatter, Did yours come with a bootgrip or did you buy it aftermarket and if you dont mind asking what did you pay for the grip? I think I would like to have both. Thanks!
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Both are great guns. I would have loved the SP101 in .357 when it came out and there weren't the choices we have today.

You may like the SP101 for pocket carry, but it is too heavy for me to put there. You may like the SP101 on the belt, but I can just as easily, and might as well, conceal a GP100 there. You may prefer the extra weight of the SP101 when firing magnums, but doing the same with the LCR doesn't bother me. The point is, you and I are different and may perceive all of the above in a different manner. Find a friend with each and give them a try.

I do believe that everyone will agree, though, that the LCR has the better trigger.
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My take on it is that for concealed carry, you will be served well with a SP101. I carry a SP101 almost daily, and it easily conceals. It's a bit heavy for pocket carry, but IWB or OWB is perfect. The LCR, on the other hand, may boast light weight and concealability, but remember that weight is on an empty gun. Plus, there is really nothing Ruger can do about the diameter of the cylinder. 5 rounds of .357 are just going to take some space to get into a gun; there is nothing we can do about that. For concealment purposes, the SP101 and the LCR have the same problems: width. It's not really about the grip size or barrel length at this point. They are both very small. The width is what is going to get you on CC. That being said, its not really an issue with either gun.

Pound for pound, I'd go with the Ruger SP101. It's a touch heavier, yes, but you get used to it. It's also all stainless steel, which is worth it. The other thing is that Ruger SP101 revolvers are built like tanks and can take .357 magnum loads their entire lives without failure. They are fairly accurate as well.
I have to agree as the SP101 is my usual carry. As for the cylinder width, the good news is it's just the cylinder, not the width of the the entire gun like a semiauto. Everything is slim and easily concealable and the cylinder helps hold the gun in place.
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if you intend to shoot it with magnum loads ---sp101. if you just want a light weight once in a blue moon shooter, lcr. both are fine weapons, one is meant to shoot and one is going to kick your butt if you shoot it as intended.
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bearcatter, Did yours come with a bootgrip or did you buy it aftermarket and if you dont mind asking what did you pay for the grip? I think I would like to have both. Thanks!
It came with the Tamer grip. I got the boot grip ($29.95) and a Galco belt holster ($56.95) at the online Ruger Store, using the 20% new gun discount you get when you fill out the online Owner's Card.

This is the LCR accessory page:

LCR™-Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

You can even get the Tamer grip in pink........
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It came with the Tamer grip. I got the boot grip ($29.95) and a Galco belt holster ($56.95) at the online Ruger Store, using the 20% new gun discount you get when you fill out the online Owner's Card.

This is the LCR accessory page:

LCR™-Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

You can even get the Tamer grip in pink........
Sweet!!! Thanks!
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Old July 17th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #38
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I say this all the time. Get the LCR 357 and shoot Critical Defense 38 PLUS P. The few ounces do make a difference.
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I have owned both. I still have an LCR 38.

The SP101 is heavy, has a heavy trigger and has uncomfortable factory grips. Changed the trigger spring to a 9lb and the factory grip to a Hogue rubber grip and it handled much better. At the time, I wanted to try a Kimber thinking it was going to be a great gun (Ultra Raptor II - turned out to be a POS). I should have kept the SP101. For IWB in a Shielded Holsters Phalanx I could not tell it was there. With my changes in the 24 oz package, shooting 125 grain 357s was not an issue.

The LCR is light (13 oz for the 38, 17 oz for the 357), has a smooth trigger, and the grips leave much to be desired, too. There are boot grips, tamer grips, crimson trace laser and Eagle Grips Secret Agent. For my hands, the Tamer gives my palm a pounding. I ordered some Eagle Grips Secret Agents. It is a bulkier grip which is what I prefer. It should be more comfortable to shoot +P Gold Dots. The factory specs do allow for pocket carry in a Desantis Nemesis, Uncle Mikes Pocket 3 or Blackhawk Pocket 3.

Both are more accurate than the shooter. Both are well made. The LCR is more of a handful to shoot, and I prefer 24 oz snubby revolvers if I shoot 357 Magnums. I still have a '94 Taurus 605 ported Snubby that has been extremely reliable and accurate. With the revolvers/357s I have now, it gets less range time:

Colt Python 6"
Colt Python 8"
Performance Center S&W 627 5" 8 round 357 Magnum
Pro Series S&W 627 4" 8 round 357 Magnum
Ruger GP100 6" SS
Ruger LCR 38
Coonan 1911 357 Magnum 7+1
Taurus 605 SS ported 5 round 357 Magnum
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Don't see anyone talking about "should holsters", and I wear "shoulder holsters". Give some opinions and suggestions on type and style that I might like for my SP101 or LCR. Thanks. MD
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Shoot both if not sure, if can borrow or rent. If not then depending on experience would go with heavier gun, sp-101, as much easier to fire.
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Post SP 101 vs LCR and Shoulder Holsters

I am looking for some suggestions on shoulder holsters. I wear sholder holsters most of the time for my large revolvers and Browning HP. I recently bought a SP101 - and a cheap nylon reversible waist holster. I am new to the forum - Thank you. MDM
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I am looking for some suggestions on shoulder holsters. I wear sholder holsters most of the time for my large revolvers and Browning HP. I recently bought a SP101 - and a cheap nylon reversible waist holster. I am new to the forum - Thank you. MDM
I have a Triple K rig and it works fine. It is a Miami rig and has two speed loader pouches on the opposite side.

https://www.triplek.com/product/274-...r-holster-set/

Shop around and you may find it at a lower cost.
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I Suggest the Ruger sp101.
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I'll have to go with the SP 101.357 Mag. I own one.I own a LCR to only it's a .38 spl.+p.
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