LCR .38 + P vs. LCR .357 magnum

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  1. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Member

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    My wife carries our LCR .38 +P as her EDC. It was previously my BUG. Until she decided that the 27 Gen.4 I got her wasn't what she wanted. Now the 27 is my BUG. Which is not a big deal, since I love Glocks. Some clothing I wear isn't conducive to carrying my primary CC ( Glock 30sf or 19 Gen.3) and the 27. Bottom line, I am thinking of getting another LCR. I have been eying the LCR .357 for myself. Does anyone own both models? Should I get the .357 or another .38 +P? Thanks!


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  2. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My wife also CCW the LCR .38, and loves it.
    I also like it a lot, and have been thinking about getting the LCR .357.

    If Im willing to add about 3.6 oz additional weight, I will go .357.
    I dont know if the trigger is as good as the .38, but I would hope it is.
    Heck, I can shoot.38+Pin it , if the .357 recoil is too harsh.

    Yep...357 for me.


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  3. LCR-lover

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    I have two lcr's in .38 and one in .22 but i fired my brother-in-law's in .357 and I couldn't tell alot of difference. I would get the .357 and have the option of using the more powerful round if needed.
     
  4. Magictag

    Magictag New Member

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    My wife carries the LCR .38 and I have always liked the weight of the gun and the nice trigger. I like .357 however, and carry a S&W Model 60, pretty heavy. She surprised me with the LCR .357 a couple of weeks ago and it is now my EDC. Nice weight and the versatility is great. My wife is the best!
     
  5. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Member

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    Thanks for all your input. I think the LCR .357 might have to be on my short list of guns to buy.


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  6. Blaze

    Blaze New Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I actually have both but I prefer carrying the .38 over my 357. I don't why maybe cause the 3.5 ounces less.. I did change the grip on my .38 to a boot grip so that may be it also. As for recoil neither bothers me .. I love all my LCR's


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  7. mag318

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    I'd opt for the 357 version as I think it offers more versatility and the extra few ounces makes shooting hot 38 loads very comfortable.
     
  8. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Member

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    Blaze, how do you carry your LCR. The extra weight was my only real concern about the .357.


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  9. Blaze

    Blaze New Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I carry mine in a don hume holster are I just toss in my pocket and go... Cargo pants or shorts I just drop in my leg pocket


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  10. EasyCZ

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    Like other posters, I prefer the 357 over the 38 because it opens up my ammo options at the low cost of a few measly ounces. Mine rides in an Akers OWB rig. I'm looking to get a pocket holster from Alabama Holster Company soon.

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  11. Blaze

    Blaze New Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Easy very nice pic.

    Have you tried the boot grip from Ruger for the LCR's. ??
     
  12. EasyCZ

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    Thanks, Blaze. The boot grip is on my list of LCR upgrades. The stock Hogues are good for the range, but suck for CC.

    First thing I want to update is the front sight to a tritium of some kind - Mepro, XS, etc.
     
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  13. Blaze

    Blaze New Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I haven't yet upgraded my sights yet. I wait to see how yours turns out. ImageUploadedByRuger Forum1387597826.960506.jpg
    The boot grip does help in carrying for sure
     
  14. Fuzzyhead

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    Nice picture. I like Akers. I have one about 10 years old for my Glock.
     
  15. Gwgw60

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    As for me, I've decided not to shoot 357 magnum in anything lighter than the SP101. I'm OK with 38 Spl/38 Spl +P in the LCR and S&W 642.
     
  16. Mark58103

    Mark58103 New Member

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    Good luck on your decision, here's my two cents worth: I bought a .357 LCR last week...took it to the range and love it! Never shot .357 loads before, all shots landed in the silhouette center of mass at 30 feet. This will now be my EDC gun!
     
  17. cjs1945

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    My LCR357 is brutal with my 158 gr. handloads that i shoot in other revolvers, but with Hornady 125 gr. Critical Defense it is actually fairly pleasant to shoot. It is not enough heavier than the 38+P model to notice and is easy to forget that you are carrying it.
     
  18. buster40c

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    I bought the .357 LCR after handling the 38+P LCR I wanted the little extra weight of the .357. I also thought perhaps the .357 version being heavier it might hold up longer than the lighter 38+P version. I like the choice of .357 use also.
    After shooting .357 mags in my LCR I would think the lighter version would be a handful shooting the 38+P. The .357 is a handful and the 38+P is also pretty stout. Which is why I think shooting 38+P version with +P it might be about equal to shooting .357 in the heavier version. IMO the 38+P version was almost like feather light.
    I CC in my front jeans pocket and really don't notice it's there. It is my main carry every day.
     
  19. Jimbo1

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    i bought the 357 , for the option of loads and calibers, it also has a steel backstrap which the 38 does not, figured it would last a bit longer . idk. will see. both too light to worry about weight in my opinion, i like it.
     
  20. trainman

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    For me this is the perfect carry gun, and it don't matter if it's a .38 or .357. I have the .38.