Originally Posted by Colby
I opted for the LCR in 38 special. Was it a mistake? I don't know.... I just couldn't see me wanting to shoot a 357 in such a light weight gun. For that - for me - my thinking is to get something a little bigger to absorb the shock of the 357 -- Like a Ruger SP101 or a Smith model 14 or colt Trooper - if I want to shoot 357. But then those are not good conceal guns. - But would be excellent truck guns!
I would agree about choosing the LCR in .38. While I don't doubt the gun can handle .357 loads, I think they are too much for me to handle in such an ultralight gun. I feel much the same about the various Airweight S&W J frames. The Ruger SP101 is probably the smallest gun I would want to shoot .357 rounds with.
I do rather disagree about the GP101 not being a concealed carry gun. I routinely conceal a full size Glock 17 IWB under a loose fitting shirt in the summer and under heavier winter clothing I find a Glock 21 OWB concealable. IMO the SP101 in the 2.25 or even 3 inch version would be no problem and indeed I have spoken to others who do just that.
If I was looking for a car or house gun in .357 I would go to the Ruger GP100 or S&W 686, both larger, heavier guns and much more pleasant to shoot full power loads through.
IMO the LCR, J frames and similar sized semiautos like the LCP or Bodyguard 380 are the minimum concealed carry choices for pocket carry, when you just can't or won't carry something better.
Finally, getting back to the original question I would definitely choose a .357 over a Judge or Governor any day of the week. The .357 is a proven round with a long track record for SD use. From what I have heard and seen there are questions about the penetration and effectiveness of .410 buckshot out of a handgun and IMO if you want to shoot .45 LC or ACP there are better platforms to use. In the end I think the Judge is a clever idea that may look good on paper but I'm not confident enough of the concept to trust my life to it.