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LCR .38 vs. 357 or SP101?

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Old June 15th, 2013, 01:36 PM   #16
 
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I carry a SP101 AIWB and a LCR357 in my pocket every day. I like the way the LCR 357 makes shooting 38+P a pleasent experience. It has just enough weight that some of the S.D. 357s are easy to shoot. I like both guns equally but, the LCR carries easier.



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I like to have as much power as possible. As in shooting my 700 338 at the range, you don't want to shoot much. When your game animal is in your sights, as in meeting the bad guy, your adrenaline will more than compensate for additional recoil. Most folks I talk to say they don't even notice the recoil in those situations. Try not to get a mental block on recoil. Mindset means a lot. jmho. p.s., I carry lcr 357 125 grain jhp.

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Wife rally likes 642 had it prettied up for her now wont let me touch it says I leave finger prints
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Roan, you got a lot of good advice here. One model of the SP101 is made with a two inch barrel and no hammer spur. The helps when pulling it out of concealment. But the LCR's also have no hammer spur. There is a model of LCR that fires 357 and maybe slightly heavier than the 38 Sp +p versions. With the LCR 357 you have the option of using 357 (likely not too often) as well as 38 Sp +p. But the LCR will sting a lot more with 357 but you will likely use 38 Sp & 38 Sp +p. For maximum concealability I'd say buy the LCR. Just my two cents.
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+1. I have both as well and the LCR .38 is my carry of choice. The SP is a quite a bit heavier and harder to conceal but is a much easier gun to shoot. Good luck with your decision.
Updated.....I sold the LCR because it was just too painful to shoot. Bought the SR9c and love it.
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One other point to consider: the cylinder frame on the .38 is aluminum alloy while on the .357 it's stainless steal. That adds not only weight but probably also durability.
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I have both sp101 and LCR in .357, I love how lightweight the LCR is and I dont think its unpleasant to shoot .357's out of it. I shot 100 rnds of .357 through the LCR this past weekend with no discomfort. The .38 +P's were a pleasure to shoot through it but when I carry I will most likely be loaded up with 357's
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I have both the LCR .357 for everyday carry/use and an SP101 4.2" I use as a camp/trail gun. The SP is much more accurate and easier to shoot well (longer sighting plane, more weight, new shims and springs) but the LCR is well within the bounds of what I need as a CCW/PD piece.

I carry Federal premium .38 +P 129 grain HS in the LCR and it is comfortable to shoot and accurate.

In the SP I usually carry Federal .357 158 grain HS depending on where and what I am doing. I have shot everything from mild .38 wadcutters for small game to shot rounds for vermin and had good luck.
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I recently sold my LCR38 +P. I never really cared for it. I tried to like it just didn't happen.
You can't go wrong with a SP101 or a Smith J frame. I carry a S&W 442 usually.The only SP101 I own is one in 9mm which I have put away for safe keeping.
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I have both the LCR .357 for everyday carry/use and an SP101 4.2" I use as a camp/trail gun. The SP is much more accurate and easier to shoot well (longer sighting plane, more weight, new shims and springs) but the LCR is well within the bounds of what I need as a CCW/PD piece.

I carry Federal premium .38 +P 129 grain HS in the LCR and it is comfortable to shoot and accurate.

In the SP I usually carry Federal .357 158 grain HS depending on where and what I am doing. I have shot everything from mild .38 wadcutters for small game to shot rounds for vermin and had good luck.
I would really like to check out the 4" SP101, but have never seen one in person. One thing that bugs me is the lack of aftermarket sights available. I would really like a tritium front post like I have on my 3" SP. How are the sights that come with it? Specifically in low light?
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My wife got an .38 LCR for home defense based on holding (not shooting) my SIL's. Loves the size, weight, and laser grip as she has small hands. Hates to shoot it as it hurts her hand (mine too after a few cylinders full). We realize this is not a target pistol but she does want to be proficient at using it if needed. I'm thinking the .357 shooting .38s, with its additional weight , would have been a better choice for her. Trying to get to a not so local Ruger dealer that rents guns for use on their range so she can try the .357 or an SP101 to see if they work better for her.
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Why not get smaller grips on your Smith and Wesson?
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First I have to say I love Ruger revolvers and over the years have own and still do if a .357 is what you want for carry you are open to a lot of choices .WTS I currently own two SP's a 2 and 3" both very good revolvers but in all honesty they can be heavy especially in the summer months. My experience with the LCR was short 100 rds and I sold it couldn't get use to the polymer I much preferred my Smith 642 or say my Colt detective in .38 the Smith is now gone and my edc is a CZ copy 9mm . Take a look at what some others are making... my next choice might be a Smith 640 with a CT grip .I'm glad we have choices

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The LCR is a great carry gun. I bought the .357 with the intention of shooting .38's 90% of the time. The few extra ounces makes +p enjoyable. It is an accurate gun and easy to hit with at distance. I can hit a 12" steel with two or three of five shots at 50 yards! On the other hand, the SP101 is still my favorite gun and I have two of those. Shoot them a smidgen better and they see more .357's. For daily carry I take the LCR. When hiking I usually take an SP101. Reliability would go the the SP as I did have a problem early on with my LCR as have others. You rarely hear of issues with the SP's but they are more bulky and heavier.
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Difference

The slightly heavier 357 LCR is a breeze when it comes to shooting 38's.It's not bad shooting 357 loads.For some reason,I did not like shooting the 38 special version of the LCR.Liked the sp 101 and loved it in 327 mag...however,I think the trigger on the LCR is about the best double action stock trigger I've ever shot.

I put an xs front sight on it and that helped and also added a lasermax.This gun is a perfect carry revolver,imo.
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