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Old December 15th, 2012, 05:24 AM   #1
 
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Hi everyone
I decided to purchase a new LCR 38 for my daughter for Christmas. I ordered the pink grips from Ruger and went to my local dealer to pick up her new LCR 38. I noticed when I bought it that the barrel insert was a polished stainless finish. I have owned a LCR for a couple of years now and love it. But my barrel is black. Has there been a change to the barrel, and if so, was there a reason for the change? Thanks, Tim



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Old December 15th, 2012, 07:31 AM   #2
 
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Great Christmas gift! My wifes LCR is a year old and also has the end of the barrel polished. Maybe just for looks?
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Old December 15th, 2012, 08:09 AM   #3
 
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Same here. My wifes "old" LCR has the black barrel and my "new" .357 LCR that I recently sold had the polished barrel. ??? I don't know why it was like that.
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I think they found that coating the end of the barrel didn't hold up well.

They have also changed the cylinder finish. It used to be "Advanced Target Grey" which is bare stainless steel, tumbled in some sort of medium to give it a matte surface. My LCR-357 has that.

The newest LCR cylinders have a black coating called "Ionbond DiamondBlack". The coating is made by another company. It is a barely glossy black. My LCR-22 has that. The coating has held up okay, just wearing on sharp corners, but I would prefer the original gray finish. No coating, just high spots get shiny.
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The appearance of the two LCR's is similar but the .38 and .357 pistols are very different. The .38 has an aluminum frame and the .357 version is stainless steel.

My .357 LCR has the shiny barrel insert. It is 2-3 years old.

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Thinking of an LCR in 357,Why should I buy one ?
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Old December 15th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #7
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Thinking of an LCR in 357,Why should I buy one ?
That kinda depends on why you want one. The 357 is stronger and likely more durable than the 38 LCR. The 357 has a stainless cylinder frame, the 38 frame is aluminum. The 357 is 3 ounces heavier, small penalty for the benefits. You have options of either caliber ammo in the 357.

Otherwise, LCRs in general are light, dependable carry guns with very nice DAO triggers.
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Thinking of an LCR in 357,Why should I buy one ?
I was looking at quite a few snubbing before I settled on the lcr 357. For me, the fact that its all stainless steel and not aluminum was a big seller. I shot some s&w snubs that were aluminum in 357, and I was more impressed by the recoil and trigger of the ruger. I think I would have bought the 357 even if I was only shooting 38s through it. The small rise in weight made follow up shot easier to manage. I love mine. I will say that I've shot quite a few guns in m life, and the 357s through this gun were a bit much at first. Not unmanageable, but definitely opened my eyes. Now after many rounds through it, I can shoot 110 and 125 grain 357 through it one handed very well, and the recoil is easier now that I'm used to it. I did just put some 158 grain hornady critical defense rounds through it one handed, and all I can saw is ow! Lol. However, they were very accurate. I should have the speaker gold dot short barrel 357s I ordered soon and those should be a hot to shoot comparably. All in all I really like mine.
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I have the 357 and my mom just bought a 38lcr and I can tell you the lcr357 is made allot better than the 38.
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Got me curious now. I will have to check mine out to see whether it is black or polished.
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