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Everything that I've heard about the Ruger LCR lineup has been very positive. I really want one but the hardest part is picking which caliber! My thoughts have been .22lr (super cheap plinking, hunting sidearm against smaller game, and possible truck gun just in case), .22 mag (packs a decent SD punch with 6 SD rounds and hunting sidearm), 38 special (good SD round and hunting sidearm and can reload if desired for cheapish), .357 mag (awesome round for SD but too wild on recoil so would probably stick with 38, .357 gun and ammo the priciest of the bunch). I know it's a not a scientific comparison but what are y'all's thoughts on these awesome guns?
 

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I've owned my lcr 38 for about a month now and I was in the same boat as you. I have a single six convertible 22/22 mag so I was deciding on 38 or 357 . I'm so glad I didn't get the 357 ..... There's plenty of punch out of a 158g bullet and then throw some +p rounds through it and its plenty to hang on to. I really like the lighter weight of the 38 as well seeing how that was the intention of the gun. Comfortable very concealable and light. And a great shooter!
 

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I've had an LCR in .357 for a while now and love it. Primarily shoot 38s but even the .357 really isn't to bad. It's very manageable, but takes some practice. I still struggle to stay on one of those Orange Target block thingys at 20 feet, but it is a snubby. It is a great carry gun though. The 22 was/is tempting though with ammo prices how they are.
 

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I've had mine about a year and half I carry 357 in it but shoot 38's when plinking cuz there Cheeper. Wasn't impressed with the first one I had cuz the cylinder didn't line up and a chunk of lead came back into my ear but took it back to the store and got a different one and have loved it. my brother, his wife and my mom all switched to em as there Cary guns after shooting it. The 357 isn't that bad the grips on em are awesome. I went out and shot it and the keltec pf-9 and the little 9mm was about the same
 

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I just bought the .357 LCR. It was a no-brainer for me. An additional $50 and little over 3 ozs more and you have the option of loading up with arguably the best manstopper cartridge available.
 

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I just bought the .357 LCR. It was a no-brainer for me. An additional $50 and little over 3 ozs more and you have the option of loading up with arguably the best manstopper cartridge available.

Agree - for SD it's an easy decision, you can always upgrade your firepower if needed. What I find interesting is the 22Mag - it bridges the gap between Plinker n SD gun w new ammo.

With XS Sights - easy to pick up front sight. My only complaint is I miss the hammer ! ;). SW's need some attention before they get a smooth double action.
 

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Defiantly light enough and seem to have plenty of ankle holsters for it. I've heard you can forget there down there
 

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I like the 22mag for the wife's side bed gun when I'm out of town. Get the hands wet and maybe larger caliber latter in life.
 

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Defiantly light enough and seem to have plenty of ankle holsters for it. I've heard you can forget there down there

I have the LCP which is smaller & lighter in every respect - I still know its on my ankle. I went cheap - ankle holster, learn from my mistake ! :eek:. Buy the best one you can afford and practice, practice, practice. It is not an easy or natural draw motion.

I do not carry on my ankle anymore -I'm an IWB fan and am giving serious consideration to being a pocket puller. Problem: Damn pockets are too tight, printing is an issue and your buds will pull the inevitable - "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me." Everyone has a sense of humor.

Forget who said it - "carrying a gun is supposed to be comforting - not comfortable..". Think he might have been right.
 

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Big fan of the 22 Mag. How's the accuracy in a short barrel ? Fireball effect ?

While I do miss a hammer, I am intrigued by the Ruger design & would love to test it. I fully admit to being kind of old school & when I really want to hit something - I pull the hammer back - SAO on my model 60 or 686.

Old habits die hard, especially when they work - well.

While I CC autos, there is just something comforting about the simplicity of a revolver.
 

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Big fan of the 22 Mag. How's the accuracy in a short barrel ? Fireball effect ?

While I do miss a hammer, I am intrigued by the Ruger design & would love to test it. I fully admit to being kind of old school & when I really want to hit something - I pull the hammer back - SAO on my model 60 or 686.

Old habits die hard, especially when they work - well.

While I CC autos, there is just something comforting about the simplicity of a revolver.
Shoots really good!! Very little recoil, so it's easy to shoot well! Fireball effect has depended on the round I was shooting. "Regular" 22mag rounds...as in made more for a rifle, do a little. Some of the newer ammo(critical defense) is a lot less noticeable.
 

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Gonzilla said:
I have the LCP which is smaller & lighter in every respect - I still know its on my ankle. I went cheap - ankle holster, learn from my mistake ! :eek:. Buy the best one you can afford and practice, practice, practice. It is not an easy or natural draw motion.
It felt a little weird on my ankle at first but now I don't even notice it. I use the galco ankle glove even with a good holster it's still a weird draw but its a great back up
 

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I just bought the .357 LCR. It was a no-brainer for me. An additional $50 and little over 3 ozs more and you have the option of loading up with arguably the best manstopper cartridge available.
It's funny how the ammo almost weights as much as the gun. Funny to look at some of the ballistic charts as well from a snub. Disappointing to see the velocity drop from a 357 snub compared to a 3+ inch barrel. But still a lot of punch in a little gun
 

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I also have the LCR in .357 and can recommend it



It's incredibly light. Like all snubbies it'll bounce around a bit with the hotter load but the key is a firm grip and steady hand. It's nice to have a comfortable carry with man-stopping power, but this is a weapon designed for targets within 20 yards or closer. My son and I are nailing soda cans at 15 yards.
 

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It's incredibly light. Like all snubbies it'll bounce around a bit with the hotter load but the key is a firm grip and steady hand.
It surprised me that recoil wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated with .357s.
 
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