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Old June 21st, 2014, 09:10 AM   #1
 
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LCR compact grips and accuracy

I have been very pleased with my new LCR. I can shoot under 1" groups at 7 yds with the stock grips. This is with 130 gr standard 38s or GD SB 135 +p. I haven't tried any magnum loads in the gun, but was not happy with the results that I got with the Remington 38 LHP+p. POA was off, recoil was too stiff, and accuracy was not great. This is a hot load, and gives great expansion. However, it produces some bullet pull in my LCR,

Do you lose anything with the new compact grips? They will conceal better, but does the gun shoot as well as with the stock grips that come with the LCR 357?



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Old June 21st, 2014, 08:41 PM   #2
 
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The less hold you have on the grip, the harder it is to shoot. Those compact grips conceal well, but there's a big trade off in being able to hold the gun -- you'll get a lot more flip and an increase in second shot follow-up.
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Thanks, that is what is what I thought. I may try them anyway, just to see how well I can do with them. The stock grips are really good for accuracy, but just a shade too big. If they don't work out, I can go back to the larger grips.
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Artyh: Goodness knows most of us have a box and a half full of grips we tried -- some work out and some don't. Let us know what you think if you get the little ones. Thanks.

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I use modified Hogue compact Bantam grips on my LCR 357. At first I found the aftermarket grip far too small to hold on to. I went to Lowe's and purchased Skid Guard Safety Tape, a glue backed, anti slip tape usually applied to steps on ladders or stairs. it comes in a package of 8, 1" by 12" strips and when cut to a length of 2" fits perfectly on the smooth part of the rubber Hogue Bantam grip for LCRs
The tape is rough like skateboard tape so I sanded it down to a less aggressive texture.
Solid grip leads to solid hits.
If you'd like to try that, I can send you a 1"x 12" strip. Heck, I'll even pay postage.
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I use modified Hogue compact Bantam grips on my LCR 357. At first I found the aftermarket grip far too small to hold on to. I went to Lowe's and purchased Skid Guard Safety Tape, a glue backed, anti slip tape usually applied to steps on ladders or stairs. it comes in a package of 8, 1" by 12" strips and when cut to a length of 2" fits perfectly on the smooth part of the rubber Hogue Bantam grip for LCRs
The tape is rough like skateboard tape so I sanded it down to a less aggressive texture.
Solid grip leads to solid hits.
If you'd like to try that, I can send you a 1"x 12" strip. Heck, I'll even pay postage.
E:mail [email protected].
Thanks for the offer. I just ordered the grips from Ruger. If they don't shoot well for me, I'll just go back to the recoil tamer grips that came with the gun. My skin does not mix well with tape. I get dermatitis reactions, a rash, from most adhesives and need to stay away from them.
My hope is that the smaller grip will work, since it will help reduce the size of the package. I want to be able to shoot one-handed, and of there isn't enough grip there, the small grip will go in the closet. I am shooting 38s out of the gun, so I may get by. While I would like a smaller total gun, I don't want to give up too much of the shoot-ability I had with the stock grip.
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Thanks for the offer. I just ordered the grips from Ruger. If they don't shoot well for me, I'll just go back to the recoil tamer grips that came with the gun. My skin does not mix well with tape. I get dermatitis reactions, a rash, from most adhesives and need to stay away from them.
My hope is that the smaller grip will work, since it will help reduce the size of the package. I want to be able to shoot one-handed, and of there isn't enough grip there, the small grip will go in the closet. I am shooting 38s out of the gun, so I may get by. While I would like a smaller total gun, I don't want to give up too much of the shoot-ability I had with the stock grip.

If you do not like them, let me know. I would be interested.
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A different thread on the LCR-357 contained posts where the shooters had difficulty firing .357 Mags from their LCR due to the recoil.
I have my original factory grips on my LCR and I honestly have no problem firing .357 Mags -- two handed of course.
I will find a way to carry with the factory grips when my CCW permit is granted.
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The boot grip isn't much smaller at all. It's thinner more than it is shorter. On the plus side, the boot grip reduces snagging because it has uncoated plastic on the front a back straps. The grip is rubberized on the sides. The boot grip is also noticeably taller on the backstrap which in theory would help reduce muzzle flip. I have loaded some medium strength magnum loads with 158gr bullets and while it feels STOUT, it's still manageable. YMMV

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I took the gun out today, with the boot grips. It is easier to shoot +p through the gun with the stock grips, but practical accuracy was OK. I can shoot a GP100 better, but that is no surprise. I figure 1 1/4" groups, center to center, is OK at 7 yards. I would not be able to hold on to the gun with even a light magnum load in it, but it is barely manageable with the Gold dot SB +p load. I plan to keep the smaller grips on the gun, since they improve concealability a lot. You can get this gun into jeans pockets now, but the top of the grip stuck out with the original grips.
These are the grips to get, if you want to use a pocket holster.
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I use modified Hogue compact Bantam grips on my LCR 357. At first I found the aftermarket grip far too small to hold on to. I went to Lowe's and purchased Skid Guard Safety Tape, a glue backed, anti slip tape usually applied to steps on ladders or stairs. it comes in a package of 8, 1" by 12" strips and when cut to a length of 2" fits perfectly on the smooth part of the rubber Hogue Bantam grip for LCRs
The tape is rough like skateboard tape so I sanded it down to a less aggressive texture.
Solid grip leads to solid hits.
If you'd like to try that, I can send you a 1"x 12" strip. Heck, I'll even pay postage.
E:mail [email protected].
Great idea, thanks. I will head over to Lowes and pick some up. I'll use the rest on my RV ladders as they get slippery when they are wet so it won't go to waste. How aggressive did you get with the sanding out of curiosity? I have the same issue with the bantam grips I bought and that sounds like a plan.
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I plan to keep the smaller grips on the gun, since they improve concealability a lot. You can get this gun into jeans pockets now, but the top of the grip stuck out with the original grips.
These are the grips to get, if you want to use a pocket holster.
I have never had much of an issue with the standard Hogue grips and have pocket carried (W/ pocket holster) plenty. The gun is small. I have since moved to OWB (Galco Stinger) just so I can use my pockets for other things. I use a horizontal clip on smart phone case with magnet flip cover for a quick strip worn at 1 o'clock. All of my pants/jeans/shorts are to fit with no IWB holster room. (32" waist). I can't imagine willingly giving up the .357 option. I had never shot a snubbie (or any revolver) before my LCR. I put about 1,000 practice rounds through it in the first 4 months to gain proficiency. Plenty of 1 handed shooting, cover drills, multiple targets and distances. I love shooting the .357 loads but 80% of practice is with .38spl. I carry Hornady C.D. .357 mag 125gr FTX. I see no need for deep cover carry in my everyday life and I'm in all kinds of stores, parks, etc. constantly as an only parent.

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While the LCR was accurate enough with the small grips, it was hard to hold on to. I put it aside after just 10 rounds and didn't try it with one hand. I just ordered the SB 357 to try them on the gun with the original grips.
Maybe it is time for deeper pockets.
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I modified my boot grip to give me a better grip and fit my hand better. Photos here:

Ruger LCR 357 Long Term Review | The Desert's Edge

But I have had no issue shooting it in stock form or modified.
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A different thread on the LCR-357 contained posts where the shooters had difficulty firing .357 Mags from their LCR due to the recoil.
I have my original factory grips on my LCR and I honestly have no problem firing .357 Mags -- two handed of course.
I will find a way to carry with the factory grips when my CCW permit is granted.
High Noon OWB pancake holster keeps the LCR tight up against you. No problems printing under an untucked shirt. My church gun.
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