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Old April 10th, 2017, 06:10 AM   #31
 
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A few years ago on the the gun magazines did a test with a LCR in 38/357 Magnum.

They showed that with the short 1 7/8 inch KLCR Barrel, that .357 Magnum ammo suffred greatly for velocity.

I never liked shooting any Magnums out of mine, and will only buy the Magnum due to
the fact that I like the heavier stainless steel frame for hot 38, 38+P loads.

Should I only have .357 Magnum ammo on hand, then it could be use in a pinch..
but boy, what a handful! The recoil was prety stout!



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IMHO if you want a 357 then I'd get an SP101.
I already have the SP 101 .357 Magnum.3"
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I've had 4 or 5 LCRs and couple Sp-101s.

The LCRs are lighter and generally have beter triggers than
the SPs that a person can work over.

Capacity is the same and the KLCR also takes .357 Magnum ammo
as well.

Even though I carried a Ruger revolver on duty, and have owned
a Speed Six and a early Wiley Clapp GP-100.


Basically, the LCR and KLCR are my favorite DA revolvers.

Thus. when having to decide if I wanted to trade a couple guns
that I don't shoot much, for a Bond Arms .45/410 Derringer..
or a NIB KLCR, the Ruger won out.

I will probably only shoot 38 Special or 38+P out of it.

Could load .357 Magnum for animal defense if needed.

The 158 grain Soft Point, or heavier in .357.. is what I'd want for that.
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Unless one is in a shoot out situation, perceived recoil is not my main concern, IMO.

Practice and practice some more. Use whatever ammo you feel most comfortable. Use what you practice with and practice with what you will use.

I can hit my target with 357's at various distances - certainly not bullseye, but I'll hit it. In a critical situation, if I use357's, 38's or a 9mm....whatever; if I cannot protect myself with 5 or 6 shots - I'm dead in the water and recoil will not be the reason.

Do you NEED a 357 - NOPE! BUT WE ALL KNOW YOU WANT ONE!

Get it - you won't regret it.
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I should be picking up a NIB KLCR .357 Magnum next week.

The only drawback that I can see is that it doesn't have a copper colored cylinder.
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I should be picking up a NIB KLCR .357 Magnum next week.

The only drawback that I can see is that it doesn't have a copper colored cylinder.
Excellent choice....
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I should be picking up a NIB KLCR .357 Magnum next week.

The only drawback that I can see is that it doesn't have a copper colored cylinder.
Great choice. I guess the cylinder being a different color is ones personal taste. I find the copper colored cylinder to be butt ugly.
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I find the copper colored cylinder to be butt ugly.
Well, Ive seen some pretty good.......well, I'll leave it at that.

I agree; I prefer one color myself in the LCR series.....IMO I do not like the copper.....makes it look cheap. Just my opinion.

We probably would also disagree on butt ugly? New thread?
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Great thread.
I love my LCR357 and also my LCR9 which is my EDC.
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I have a LCR .38 SPL+P 5 shot revolver.I here that the make of today's ammo make a lots of different in the power of a bullet.So how does a .38 + P ammo bullet compare to a 357 bullet ?
The 38 +p is the one suited to the size and weight of the gun. You later disclosed that you have a Ruger SP101 in 357 Magnum. If you shoot magnums in that gun, you should have a pretty good idea what to expect in an LCR, only more harsh on the shooter.

I would say you already have the best two guns Ruger offers in that class. However, we don't always buy guns based on logic. Some guns are only visitors, so if you can responsibly finance a gun, it would be good to experience it without necessarily keeping it forever. The cost of that experience will be in selling a gun for less than you paid.
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