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Old January 19th, 2013, 02:17 PM   #1
 
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LCR in .38 or .357 ? Is it worth it ?

I have an LCR in .22LR and its wonderful ! So i want to get the bigger bore LCR but not sure if I want the 38 or 357 . I mainly will shoot the 38 but rarely shoot the 357 . But I want to know if it is worth the extra money to get the 357 for it's more durable features? I do plan on keeping this FOREVER .
So is it worth the 357 price or what ? Thanks in adavnce.



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Old January 19th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #2
 
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I'm in the same situation as you are in deciding which LCR to get, the .357 Mag or the .38 SPL +...

Here's where I'm at with this...setting the difference in price aside for a minute and just talking calibers, I already have a GP100 .357 Magnum and I thought having a smaller version handgun in the same caliber would be great to CCW with as the GP is on the beefy side. But I'm concerned with the recoil of the .357 LCR. However you can shoot .38 Spl +P's out of it, which is a good self defense load, and still have the .357 Mag. capability when needed. You'd be getting two guns in one per say.

I like the idea of the +P capability in the .38 Spl. version of the LCR as it's less recoil and provides a better set up for additional shots if needed...but this can be acommplished with the .357 LCR as well. So I told my self that I was going to save up the money to buy the .38 Spl LCR first and when I got there I would re-think my purchase...could I hold off a little longer and save up the difference to get the .357 LCR?

That's how I'm dealing with my decision...good luck with yours!
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IMO, the only way you can decide whether or not to get the .38 or .357 is to shoot a box of .357 out of a KLCR. Recoil of .357 Magnum out of a LCR is violent. You'll either tolerate/enjoy it or you won't.

If you can tolerate .357 Mag recoil out of the KLCR, get the .357. It offers you ammo versatility. .38, .38+P, .357 Mag.

If after shooting .357 out of a KLCR you decide you're not a maschocist, get the .38. There is absolutely no sense in paying the extra for the ability to shoot a caliber you won't shoot.
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LCR in .38+p is enough for me! It's a delight to carry! My .357 mag is an Sp 101, 4" barrel, just a great revolver and a real tank.

I love both guns, but know I'd never carry an LCR loaded with .357s, just too much recoil for that little bad boy. At 13 oz empty, the LCR .38 is always with me when I leave home.
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My wife and I ended up (okay, SHE did ��) choosing the 357 over the 38. She's been a bit recoil sensitive and she figured the extra weight of the 357 model would help mitigate recoil.

Not only was she right about that, but turns out she can even handle mild 357 loads without difficulty out of the little beast! I've shot 357s for years and this little gun kicks less (or feels like it, anyway) than the all-steel S&W K-frame snubby I carried in the past, and even feels like I remember my L frames being! 38 loads are SUPER easy, 38+p's are fun, and 357's from time to time don't cause issues! Great gun!
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Heres my thread about the same thing. 4 pages of comments. I bought the .357

Buying LCR, Any Reason to Buy .38 Instead of .357?
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Don't wuss out. The 357 with the correct 357 round is fine. To me, if you are looking for a forever gun, aluminum vs stainless steel is a no brainer. Do yourself a favor and shoot the Speer gold dot short barrel 357s out of the klcr 357 and you will see. There ARE brutal 357 rounds out of the klcr, but there are hose that are much better, and have far better power and expansion than a meager 38+p round.

That being said, you should shoot both first. If you feel better w the 38 then do that, but for me, with the right round and considering longevity, flexibility, and pure stopping power, the 357 is the way to go. Best of luck I whatever you decide. But for me, if the FBI won't use I 9mm, I sure as hell am not carrying a 38.
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I have the KLCR357 and have never regretted the decision, not enough heavier to notice, but more durable and gives the option of .357 mag. if you ever want it. The list price of .357 is only $70.00 more or about $55.00 more at the gun store, not enough more to be of any concern on a life long investment.
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If I were going to buy another one today, I'd go with the .357 because of the multiple ammo options. Who knows of what shortages may occur and having a choice is a good thing. Spending a few extra dollars for the .357 is inconsequential over the many years of useful life of the handgun.

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my Wife, bought for herself, the LCR .357mag at the same time she bought her Glock 19. she shoots mostly .38 spl when we go to the range but does shoot 5-10 rounds of .357 each visit - and she says "no problem" (by the way, she shoots it very well at 7 yds and well at 15 yds)
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I opted for the LCR in 357.
Before I purchased, I shot both the 38 and the 357 version shooting 38+P in both and the recoil was noticeably less in the 357. I figured it had to be from the added 4oz of weight.
I put 50 rounds through mine yesterday with half being 38 and the other half being 357. The 357 does have a bit more bark but I still find it very manageable and pleasant to shoot.
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I have an LCR in .22LR and its wonderful ! So i want to get the bigger bore LCR but not sure if I want the 38 or 357 . I mainly will shoot the 38 but rarely shoot the 357 . But I want to know if it is worth the extra money to get the 357 for it's more durable features? I do plan on keeping this FOREVER .
So is it worth the 357 price or what ? Thanks in adavnce.
I had the same thoughts, and decided on the 357. More durable, stronger, and the .38 or .357 option made sense to me. It's only about 3 ounces heavier, not really noticeable. Later got the LCR-22, and they make a good "team".
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When you get a 357 it is like haveing 3 guns in one you can shoot the 38 special 38 + p
or a 357 mag in it
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Even if you never plan on loading it with the 357 it gives you the option of useing the 38 +p round.
I have a SP 101 with the 2an 1/4 inch barrel in 357 cal. I rarely load it with the 357 round because of recoil but use the 38+p instead
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pay for the extra ~4 oz of the 357. Great gun, more flexible, better recoil management and therefore followup shots with 38+P or "intelligent" .357 defense rounds
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Go with the .357 without a doubt. I've never had an issue shooting .357 rounds and I wanted the more durable construction.

Since you are keeping this firearm I see no reason not to choose the .357.
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