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Old 06-18-2012, 07:17 PM   #11
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How long is the barrel on the lcr
LCR has a 1 7/8 inch barrel. I have Crimson Trace Laser Grips on both LCRs that I own and the bullets always hit where the red dot is. I load them with Carbon DPX
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If you are going to be getting a snub then I would really consider thinking about a .38+p snub instead of a .357,the advantage of that .357 round's knockdown power over a .38+p isn't all that superior in a revolver with a barrel under 4",plus .357 revolvers cost alot more.
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If you are going to be getting a snub then I would really consider thinking about a .38+p snub instead of a .357,the advantage of that .357 round's knockdown power over a .38+p isn't all that superior in a revolver with a barrel under 4",plus .357 revolvers cost alot more.
Except for perhaps a "vintage" collectors piece; I simply could never bring myself to buy a dedicated .38 Spcl. A .357 Mag is simply too much more versatile. Shoot mostly .38s (incl +p options)? Sure. But, to buy a gun that is limited to these options? No way.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:37 AM   #14
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A .357 fits better in my hand my moms ex boyfriend had a .38 snub and it felt so small..my kel tecs fit better than a .38 in my opion
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I would say as one post stated to look at the Taurus snubby 357s. Reasonably priced and reliable. Of course any snubby you do not want to put a consistant diet of 357 Mag rounds through the revolver anyway. Shoot enough to get the feel and learn to shoot it accurately at the closer ranges. Then, I suggest that you shoot 38 target rounds through it just for plinking and practice. Then load it with the 357s for defense and CW carry.

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The old S&W 19 and 66 with 2 1/2 inch barrel is hard to beat if you like snubbies. I prefer a shoulder holster and 6 inch barrel.
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If all you want to shoot are 38's you are still better served with a 357 as there will be no question whether they can handle a steady diet of +p.

Unless weight is super important.
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I looked at a tarous yesterday..it was chrome
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Under $400: Taurus, Charter Arms

$400+: Ruger, S&W

I agree about 90% with Ninjatoth's thoughts above. The one caveat is if you'll be carrying it much in the great outdoors, camping, hiking, etc. In that case, buy the 357mag.

I own an SP101 357mag...and it's fun to shoot in 357mag...in a controlled situation, with hearing protection, when you have time to shoot in single action, etc. But I would never carry it in an urban environment loaded with 357mag. A big part of the logic there is the massive flash when dark and decibel level in an enclosed area where the sound has few places to escape.

If weight matters, major advantage to the Ruger LCR in either caliber.
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Under $400: Taurus, Charter Arms

$400+: Ruger, S&W

I agree about 90% with Ninjatoth's thoughts above. The one caveat is if you'll be carrying it much in the great outdoors, camping, hiking, etc. In that case, buy the 357mag.

I own an SP101 357mag...and it's fun to shoot in 357mag...in a controlled situation, with hearing protection, when you have time to shoot in single action, etc. But I would never carry it in an urban environment loaded with 357mag. A big part of the logic there is the massive flash when dark and decibel level in an enclosed area where the sound has few places to escape.

If weight matters, major advantage to the Ruger LCR in either caliber.
My way of looking at it is,if i'm gonna get a small ccw sized gun i'll always go with a straight .38 because the gun will cost less and I know i'd never fire .357's through it anyways.Now if we are talking a medium/large framed gun with a 4" barrel,than I will always,always go with a .357 mag,I couldn't bring myself to buy a full sized straight .38,it would be a waste not to go .357
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