Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ruger LCR .357



Finally got some trigger time with the Ruger polymer-frame .357 LCR revolver today with Hornady 158-gr .357 self-defense loads. Yeppers, it bucks a bit. But quite honestly it doesn't buck as much as metal-framed ultralight .357 snubs. The only consensus we could come up with is that the polymer frame is absorbing  a portion of the short, sharp recoil impulse. It's not super pleasant to shoot with the heavy loads, but you don't get a snub as your primary range gun. And it's got the same superb DA trigger — the best on any snub I've ever handled, and I've handled a whole bunch.

If you're at all recoil-sensitive, I strongly suggest you chose the 17.1 ounce .357 over the regular 13.5 ounce .38, then shoot .38s in the heavier LCR. I shot 158-gr Hornady .38+P self defense loads in the .357 and it was controllable and painless. Regular .38s would be downright pleasant to shoot,. I'd kill to have one of these in .22LR (take note, Ruger...pleeeeeeeease...).

17 comments:

Uno Mas said...

22LR and 22Mag, puleeeeze!

seeker_two said...

Another vote for a .22lr version here.....maybe with a 3+" barrel and fiber-optic sights, plz?.....

Anonymous said...

Twenty-two? Nah. Ruger can reintroduce the SP in 22 with a set of REAL adjustable sights.

It is time for someone besides Charter Arms to make a concealable snub 44 special. That's the LCR you need to be lobbying for.

Anonymous said...

I think that an SP101 in .44 Special would be a great carry-gun with a 2 1/2" barrel. I like my 2" .357 version and the 4" .22 LR. They may be heavy, but they're "Hell-for-strong"!
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Bub said...

another vote for more 22lr revolvers

bub

Joe said...

How was the revolver on the bottom of your trigger finger? One problem with my S&W 642 is after about 50 rounds of ammo I've warn a raw spot on the bottom of my trigger finger.

Chris said...

The LCR .357 is a steel frame as I was told by the Ruger rep on the floor of the NRA show. It also says that it is steel on the Ruger web site.

Indrid Cold said...

I bet the next version will be in .327 Federal Magnum. That would give it a 6 round cylinder, and you can practice with .32 Long. (So do we now start calling .32 H&R Magnum a .32 Special?)

After that, a .22 WMR makes a lot of sense (7 rounds? Pretty please?)

.22LR--neat, but why? In case you're mugged by a squirrel?

Indrid Cold said...

Oops... I guess there already is a .32 Special.

Eric said...

Does Ruger have any plans to offer the .357 LCR with Crimson Trace grips?

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Anonymous said...

Check rugers site. Both requests have been answered. It's available in 22lr and you can get laser grips. Ask and ye shall recieve.