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Old February 14th, 2020, 02:33 PM   #1
 
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Question Which 3 inch revolver LCRX or SP101 .357

Hi guys I currently have a Ruger LCRX .38 Special snub. I have a few 3 inch holsterís that will fit either a 3 inch barreled Ruger SP101 .357 or a 3 inch barreled Ruger LCRX in .357. Knowing that very well that the SP101 is much more robust & weighs more about 26 ounces empty. The LCRX 3 inch .357 Iím guessing around 18-20 ounces empty. I am very familiar with the SP101 3 inch .357 had one liked it but a tad heavy for CCW for me. But ok for hiking and riding in my UTV. The LCRX 3 inch barreled .357 my primary thoughts are mostly standard pressure .38 Specialís & reloads. Then occasionally some .357 magnum loads but I donít want to beat my arthritic hands with. With the SP101 primarily about the same diet of ammo. I feel comfortable shooting.38 Specials with no problems. My question here mostly concerns the LCRX guys that have this revolver how many rounds have you put through it and the revolver is still not showing any wear and tear??? My thoughts both guns would be used the same but probably more holster carry with the LCRX because of weight. Also with my usual shooting outings probably once or twice a month. I very much appreciate your feedback & thoughts & thanks in advance!!!



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I have a 3" LCRx357 that I have put only 500 - 600 rounds thru. It shows no signs of wear. It weighs in at 21 ounces empty and has handled a steady diet of .38 Spcl +P's giving minimal recoil. I have not fed it any .357 as of yet. It did see some .38 Spcl + P reloads with maximum powder charge..it gave a little stouter recoil but again nothing harsh.

What I really like is the adjustable rear sights. They allow me to dial it in to what ever grain bullet I'm shooting. I changed the front sights to HiViz and put the small Hogue Tamer grips on it as I have put it into rotation with my LCR357.

I have an SP101 2-1/4" DAO that I really love... but I've become a huge fan of LCR's now owning 4.
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Right now I’m leaning towards the Ruger LCRX .357 3 inch barrel. Mostly based on my average times shooting each month. I called a local dealer today has 2 - Ruger LCRX .357 3 inch barrel. I asked him a few questions he has the regular Ruger LCR in .357 he likes his very much. But one thing bothered me. He said after 3000 rounds he had to send it in to Ruger to have some springs changed!!! He also told me he mostly shoots .38 Special & .38 Special + P. I thought that a LCR would hold up better???
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Right now Iím leaning towards the Ruger LCRX .357 3 inch barrel. Mostly based on my average times shooting each month. I called a local dealer today has 2 - Ruger LCRX .357 3 inch barrel. I asked him a few questions he has the regular Ruger LCR in .357 he likes his very much. But one thing bothered me. He said after 3000 rounds he had to send it in to Ruger to have some springs changed!!! He also told me he mostly shoots .38 Special & .38 Special + P. I thought that a LCR would hold up better???
Just curious, did he mention what springs?
I have well in excess of 1000 rounds thru my LCR357, probably closer to 2000 shooting primarily the same as what your dealer shoots. It has given me no trouble. I know of others that have shot over 5000 trouble free rounds thru theirs.

I had to send my 3" LCRx357 back for a new barrel as the crown was damaged. I missed it during inspection..it could of happened at the dealer for all I know.

I also had to return my LCR22WMR for cylinder and crane problems.

Come to think of it, I had to return my first SP101 for some imperfections.. Ruger sent out a new one because it was unrepairable.

They are all trouble free now.

Sadly, today's mass produced firearms, that has become the norm rather than the exception.
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I have the LCRx 3" in .38 special. I carry it in the boonies all the time with Buffalo Bore Outdoorsman hard cast bullets. If you don't use .357 ammo in your revolver much, you might want to consider the 38. It would be around $100 or so cheaper and it is lighter than the .357 mag,
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I've had LCR models, no LCRx, and with your described amount of shooting I don't think you have to worry about either the LCRx or SP101 wearing out. I chose the 3" SP101 over the LCRx because I did not want adjustable sights, as it is my CCW.

With arthritic hands the SP101 will handle recoil better, but the LCRx will have a more pleasant trigger if it is like the LCR.

I think you will be happy with either, and you'll always wonder "what if" about the other.

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Nice trigger on the LCRx I considered. If you are going to fire mostly .38s and it's a woods gun, I'd go that route.
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I recently bought a 3" LCRx .357 Mag after several years of waiting for it to be available to me. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to make up some loads for it and take it to the range. That said, I have often used my 4" GP100 .357 as an "outdoors activities" sidearm for many years, but have wanted a smaller, lighter .357 for that purpose. Several of my friends have 2.25" .357 SP101 revolvers, but I was seeing the SP (in 3" form) as still a bit too heavy/bulky for something I want to carry often, but not shoot .357 Magnums all day long with it. I plan on carrying and occasionally shooting full .357 Mag loads, but do lots of plinking with mild .38 Spl loads.
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I had a SP101 with 3” barrel many years ago, but did not care for the machined rear sight. It was replaced with a SP101 2” Wiley Clapp for around town and 4” for hiking. When the 3” LCRx 357 was introduced, I purchased one with the thought of replacing the SP101s. It was reliable and had a great trigger. It was not much lighter than the SP101s but it was taller and did not conceal as well for me. I sold it to a guy who wanted something light weight for bow hunting.

Ruger just came out with the SP101 Wiley Clapp with 3” barrel and Novak sights. This was the holy grail that I had been waiting on. I just purchased one and installed Wolff springs. I will probably sell the 2” and 4” SP101. The LCRx 357 is only 6 ounces lighter than the 3” SP101. For me, the weight difference wasn’t noticeable when carrying, but was noticeable when shooting 357 rounds. If I really want to save weight for long hikes, I might consider a LCRx 38 with 3” barrel in the future.

To answer your specific question, the LCRx never had an issue and didn’t really show a lot of wear and tear. Although scratches don’t buff out like they do on stainless revolvers.
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I had a SP101 with 3Ē barrel many years ago, but did not care for the machined rear sight. It was replaced with a SP101 2Ē Wiley Clapp for around town and 4Ē for hiking. When the 3Ē LCRx 357 was introduced, I purchased one with the thought of replacing the SP101s. It was reliable and had a great trigger. It was not much lighter than the SP101s but it was taller and did not conceal as well for me. I sold it to a guy who wanted something light weight for bow hunting.

Ruger just came out with the SP101 Wiley Clapp with 3Ē barrel and Novak sights. This was the holy grail that I had been waiting on. I just purchased one and installed Wolff springs. I will probably sell the 2Ē and 4Ē SP101. The LCRx 357 is only 6 ounces lighter than the 3Ē SP101. For me, the weight difference wasnít noticeable when carrying, but was noticeable when shooting 357 rounds. If I really want to save weight for long hikes, I might consider a LCRx 38 with 3Ē barrel in the future.

To answer your specific question, the LCRx never had an issue and didnít really show a lot of wear and tear. Although scratches donít buff out like they do on stainless revolvers.
Where did you see a 3" Wiley Clapp?
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To me it is no question the SP is more rugged, better looking and having owned both (short BBL's) much easier to shoot well. I still own the SP.
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Search for Ruger 15710. There are still a few of them left at different sites.

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Search for Ruger 15710. There are still a few of them left at different sites.

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Thanks, nice looking SP101. Normally Ruger will have Talo models on their site, but even searching the model brings up nothing, yet a lot of retailers have them.
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That 15710 looks perfect. I am very tempted to add it.
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A 3" adjustable sights SP101 is certainly on my bucket list too.
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