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Old May 1st, 2017, 04:51 PM   #1
 
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LCRX......

I am looking to purchase the short barreled version eventually. I am really contemplating between the .38+p, .357 mag and waiting on the 9mm version (If it will ever happen).

I have the GP100 .357 mag and I love it but I want something to carry when I want a smaller gun or as an ankle gun for driving. I carry and XDS 4.0 9mm currently.

I looked at an LCR and LCRX before. I like having the hammer but would consider the LCR if it was a good deal. I also found one local with the copper color cylinder and that was cool.



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First off welcome to the Ruger Forum, my main CCW gun is my Ruger LCRX .38 Special +p. I also have a Ruger GP100 WC & a Ruger SP101. The Ruger LCRX snub version now will be also made in .357 Mag. I am guessing it will weigh around 17 ounces. My LCRX weighs 14.5 ounces I most of the time pocket carry using cargo pants it works great. How ever the LCR/LCRX series ir revolvers can be hand cannons especially using .357 loads. I took my LCRX out the first time with 5 different loadings to find what worked for me. I didn't care for the 38 Special +p recoil quite harsh. I settled on Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special Lite load 90 grain FTX jhp bullet. I was able to hit POI/POA right on at 7-10 yards! To me this is what I wanted, plus I also found out this was a decent carry load! There are plenty of good standard pressure loads out there. Just a thought, even if the LCRX .357 is now out I would still opt to shoot possibly .38 Special +p. Hope this helps good luck!!!
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Get the 357 since you can shoot 38's in it as well. My CCW is the SP101 DAO with 110 gr. CorBon. I prefer it over the lighter guns since the 25 ounce weight helps control recoil no matter what I'm shooting in it.
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I for one would like to see Ruger offer a LCRx 9mm with the copper colored cylinder.

Cheaper 9mm for the range would be cool.
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Well with what Ruger currently now offers in just the LCRX line the best option is to get the LCRX .357 like earlier mentioned gives both .38 Special & .357 loads. A much broader selection of loads then a 9mm load offers. I feel that the LCRX line will eventually have more caliber choices. I really like my LCRX .38 Spec. my choice would be for a .327FM LCRX, why 6 shot capacity plus a very wide selection of ammo options from .327FM, .32H&R Mag, .32 S&W Long the list goes on!!!
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I've shared my opinion on this line of guns any number of times. My LCRx is a great shooting, accurate little CCW gun. I can't imagine that anybody would need a .357 unless there is a little masochism involved. I've shot them, and like the round, but for all practical purposes, the .38 is unbeatable, in this class of gun. I've got all kinds of rounds, but the best ones for me are standard 158 grains LSWC over about 3.5 grains of Unique.
I think my alternative would be the .327 six-shooter, but I'm not really in the market for an different one. I vote .38 for lightweight, and accuracy in-close. What we are really talking about is a handy little "Belly Gun"... You know, stick it in their belly, and leave a couple of rounds.
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Thanks for all the replies. I bet the recoil in the little LCR with .357 mag and even .38+p is alot especially compared to my GP100 lol. I have wanted a SP101 for a long while, I wanted the 3 inch version. The only issue is everytime I find one I pull the trigger and it is just heavy and hard to pull for me. One I could barely pull it, idk if it had metal burs on the internals or what. My GP100 has a very good trigger IMO so that is what I am comparing it too also and we all know the LCR trigger is nice.

As caliber I would like to have the .357 since they came out with it just to have the capablity, I do mostly shoot .38 s for practice though (I load all of my own 9mm and .357). Cleaning the ring out of the chambers of isn't a huge deal.

I do like the idea of having the 9mm tho due to having the common caliber with my primary carry XDS so I am torn I run Federal HST 147 or 124 through that.

The .327FM is very interesting and I like the 6 shot capability. I wouldn't hesitate to carry that just don't know if I want to add another caliber to my list to reload for. I'd have to look more into it.

I've been pondering what my next purchase is going to be and I have it down to an LCR (x) or a full size cz...leaning more toward the LCR due to wanting a smaller gun and a back up gun for certain cases. I need to get one to shoot and try out.


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I've shared my opinion on this line of guns any number of times. My LCRx is a great shooting, accurate little CCW gun. I can't imagine that anybody would need a .357 unless there is a little masochism involved. I've shot them, and like the round, but for all practical purposes, the .38 is unbeatable, in this class of gun. I've got all kinds of rounds, but the best ones for me are standard 158 grains LSWC over about 3.5 grains of Unique.


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Posting from my phone is messing me up....sorry....
I see that some of you prefer the lighter rounds in the short barreled guns and WTSAND-STORM likes the 158 lswc. I am usually in the heavier bullet camp so I am wondering any reason you like the lighter bullets? Just less felt recoil, do you feel like you shoot better with it, or do you like the bullet performance?

I do know the dept I work for used to use .38 special 110 gr. Remington so there must be merit to the lighter weights also.

I usually use the 158 grain XTP in my .38 +p and magnum loads.

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Posting from my phone is messing me up....sorry....
I see that some of you prefer the lighter rounds in the short barreled guns and WTSAND-STORM likes the 158 lswc. I am usually in the heavier bullet camp so I am wondering any reason you like the lighter bullets? Just less felt recoil, do you feel like you shoot better with it, or do you like the bullet performance?

I do know the dept I work for used to use .38 special 110 gr. Remington so there must be merit to the lighter weights also.

I usually use the 158 grain XTP in my .38 +p and magnum loads.

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Ok having a GP100 vs a LCRX is no comparison at all the weight makes a ton on difference. I am very happy with my LCRX .38 Special and yes with as many loads out there in a .38 Special I do not feel under gunned at all plus the lighter weight of the LCRX .38 Special is nice when you do pocket carry or even belt carry in a holster. I do feel you would be served better with the new LCRX .357 magnum because of both .357/.38 Special offerings. But I guess you need to rent a LCR/LCRX and shoot one these little guns are Hand Cannons to come to the point!!! This is why what ever you decide to do in a LCRX find a loading that works because bullet placement to me is more important when your life in on the line!!! Good Luck!!!
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Ok having a GP100 vs a LCRX is no comparison at all the weight makes a ton on difference. I am very happy with my LCRX .38 Special and yes with as many loads out there in a .38 Special I do not feel under gunned at all plus the lighter weight of the LCRX .38 Special is nice when you do pocket carry or even belt carry in a holster. I do feel you would be served better with the new LCRX .357 magnum because of both .357/.38 Special offerings. But I guess you need to rent a LCR/LCRX and shoot one these little guns are Hand Cannons to come to the point!!! This is why what ever you decide to do in a LCRX find a loading that works because bullet placement to me is more important when your life in on the line!!! Good Luck!!!
Yes I realize the recoil of an LCR and GP100 is substantially different due to the weight among other things I was just saying that compared to what I am used to which is the GP it will be different. I do need to get ahold of one and shoot it.

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I am looking to purchase the short barreled version eventually. I am really contemplating between the .38+p, .357 mag and waiting on the 9mm version (If it will ever happen).

I have the GP100 .357 mag and I love it but I want something to carry when I want a smaller gun or as an ankle gun for driving. I carry and XDS 4.0 9mm currently.

I looked at an LCR and LCRX before. I like having the hammer but would consider the LCR if it was a good deal. I also found one local with the copper color cylinder and that was cool.
Welcome to this fine forum. There are nice folks here and good info too. Here is my 2 cents worth.
1. If you are considering pocket carry, get the lcr, it is a PIA to snag a hammer in your pants pocket or ankle carry and could get you shot. Legal Findings these days, DA is the way to go, because the Lawyers would say, well, he took the time to cock the hammer , so that shows intent. and the DA on the LCR is real good .
2. Which caliber? I too own both 9mm and 38/357. Frankly in that light a revolver, the 9mm, even if you dont choose hot loads, is quite a handful, but, the ammo is the least expensive out there. with 38 ./ 357, you can shoot soft loads at the range and therow in a few Pers Def .357 just to keep sharp. IMHO, the 357 normal loads are also quite a handful and personally I like .38 +P hollow points as my summer pants carry.

Best of luck with whatever you choose, Be safe!
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Our oldest son carries a Ruger LCRx .38 special and really likes it. He has other guns but this one is easiest in the summer for him to conceal carry.
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Welcome to this fine forum. There are nice folks here and good info too. Here is my 2 cents worth.
1. If you are considering pocket carry, get the lcr, it is a PIA to snag a hammer in your pants pocket or ankle carry and could get you shot. Legal Findings these days, DA is the way to go, because the Lawyers would say, well, he took the time to cock the hammer , so that shows intent. and the DA on the LCR is real good .
2. Which caliber? I too own both 9mm and 38/357. Frankly in that light a revolver, the 9mm, even if you dont choose hot loads, is quite a handful, but, the ammo is the least expensive out there. with 38 ./ 357, you can shoot soft loads at the range and therow in a few Pers Def .357 just to keep sharp. IMHO, the 357 normal loads are also quite a handful and personally I like .38 +P hollow points as my summer pants carry.

Best of luck with whatever you choose, Be safe!
I have never had any problems with my LCRX with pocket carry just get a good pocket holster.
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What holster do you use?

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