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Old June 21, 2015, 02:21 PM   #1
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New LCR 357

I just purchased and picked up a new Ruger LCR 357. I did not notice at the store (kind of loud there) but when the cylinder is locked up and when it is swung to the side there is a noticeable rattle that appears to be coming from the area where the hammer would be. I have held all the moving parts and can not seem to isolate the noise which is leading me to believe it is coming from where the hammer is concealed.

1. is this normal?
2. Any idea what it is?
3. Is this an item to send back to Ruger?
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Old June 21, 2015, 03:15 PM   #2
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It's the transfer bar and completely normal. Enjoy your new LCR357 - just don't put any actual .357 in it.
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Old June 21, 2015, 03:39 PM   #3
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Yeah no doubt. Thanks for the info. Have not noticed that on my other revolvers but this is my first Ruger DA.

I was looking for the 38 but Fleet Farm had this on sale for $450 and could not pass on it.
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Old June 21, 2015, 05:05 PM   #4
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You'll be glad you got the 357 instead of the 38 and that was a great price! Standard pressure 38 for practice and +P for carry. Good to go!
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Old June 21, 2015, 06:47 PM   #5
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New LCR 357

Congrats,
Slim is right on the mark. 38's
for practice & P+'s for carry.
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Old June 21, 2015, 06:54 PM   #6
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Congrats on the new Ruger!
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Old June 21, 2015, 07:40 PM   #7
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Congrats. You'll love the trigger, and speer gold dot 38+p short barrel, is super sexy.
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Old June 21, 2015, 07:52 PM   #8
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Congrats from Indiana on your LCR 357.I've had 38+p version since they first came out.The recoil from +p isVery Stout! Good posts and info,enjoy your LCR.
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Old June 24, 2015, 01:06 PM   #9
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I've had my LCR357 since they were available. I put 2800 rounds of mid range 357 and another 1000 38 and 38+P through this gun.The gun is flawless and I carry it daily. Full house 357 is too much for me. The mid range 357 and self Defence 357 was ok for a few years but I have Arthiritis these days and all I shoot now is 38 and 38+P. It's easy to shoot accuratly.
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Old June 25, 2015, 12:11 AM   #10
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Ruger site says about 4 ounces difference between the .357 magnum and the .38 special +P version of the LCR with the 1.8 inch barrel.

My experience with the .357 LCR was short. I fired a couple 158 grain .357 magnum rounds and just will not do that again if I have a choice.

Shot some 125 grain .357 magnums and that is my upper limit. I would shoot those but I wouldn't shoot many at a time...maybe 20 per range session.

The gun sure looks like a little jewel and no problems with the operation but it definitely can be a handful. I like the suggestions here about using .38 specials in it.

Sometimes we forget just how wide a range of ammunition we can buy for our guns.
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Old June 25, 2015, 12:29 AM   #11
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just don't put any actual .357 in it.
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You'll be glad you got the 357 instead of the 38 and that was a great price! Standard pressure 38 for practice and +P for carry.

Why buy a 357 magnum if you aren't going to enjoy it's full potential?
Why would someone be glad they bought a gun that is built for 357 magnum, but be happy shooting 38Special out of it.
I am very happy with the 4 ounces less carry weight of my LCR 38 Spcl. It is accurate, and actually fun to shoot with target, or +P ammo. I shoot a lot of CCI Blazer FBI loads (148 gr SWCHP +P), bought two casses of it real cheap a few years ago Also some of my regular carry round. The Speer 135gr.Gold Dot Short Barrel +P, but not a lot of it because it's hard to find. Even with the smaller boot grips I added it is completely controllable.
I shoot between 50 and 100 rounds through it on any given range session when I bring it. Usually along with several other handguns, and long guns. From a NAA 22 Short Mini Revolver to a 10" 45-70 Contender.
Kinda think if the right deal comes along I will get a 357 LCR just for grins. Sounds like a lot of fun to shoot.
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Old June 25, 2015, 03:16 AM   #12
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.38 specials in the .38 LCR and the .357 LCR. I think that would be a fun comparison to try.

That four ounce difference is from a 14 ounce gun to an 18 ounce gun. Since it's a sizable percentage it might be a significant difference.

I'll have to see if I have any friends with both or if my range rents both.
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Old June 25, 2015, 06:44 AM   #13
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Cheapshooter, I rented an LCR38 and did not like it at all with standard 130gr range ammo. I bought the LCR357 instead and those 4oz make a BIG difference for me. Does not hurt to practice with the standard pressure range ammo and I can control 38+P well. But even the hotter 38+P loads like the Speer you mention and Federal FBI load are not much "fun" to shoot. I see no reason to go up another big step to .357 loads. But that's just me.
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Old June 25, 2015, 07:55 AM   #14
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Why buy a 357 magnum if you aren't going to enjoy it's full potential?
Why would someone be glad they bought a gun that is built for 357 magnum, but be happy shooting 38Special out of it.
I am very happy with the 4 ounces less carry weight of my LCR 38 Spcl. It is accurate, and actually fun to shoot with target, or +P ammo. I shoot a lot of CCI Blazer FBI loads (148 gr SWCHP +P), bought two casses of it real cheap a few years ago Also some of my regular carry round. The Speer 135gr.Gold Dot Short Barrel +P, but not a lot of it because it's hard to find
I also don't have a problem with the recoil in my LCR 38. I shoot the FBI load 158gr LHP +p loads in mine and don't find them bad at all. I will have to admit it the LCR is a lot easier to shoot than the J frame.

I have also been considering getting a 357 LCR and selling the 38 just so I can use the stouter 357 loads.
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Old June 25, 2015, 09:25 AM   #15
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I actually settled on the .38 LCR. I figured I would shoot 5 rounds of .357 and never again!
The LCR is so light it sits perfectly in the pocket.
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Old June 25, 2015, 10:27 AM   #16
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I have also been considering getting a 357 LCR and selling the 38 just so I can use the stouter 357 loads.
But I can't do that!
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Old June 27, 2015, 09:23 PM   #17
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I have a LCR 38sp +p, I wouldnt dream of shoot a LCR with 357mag ammo. Well not more then a few rounds. Go to the range using standard 38 sp. For carry go with 38sp +p. IMO this gun is just to light to shoot 357mag rounds for fun. U will feel it in ur hand the next day. I put about 100 rounds of 38sp +p ammo through mines one day at the range. Then next day my palm had some slight pain in it. Nothing major but I would notice it every now n then. I couldnt help but think what if those were 357mag rounds. Smh not fun! Hope u enjoy the new gun, they are great!!
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Old June 28, 2015, 03:51 AM   #18
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I like the LCR .38 with standard-pressure .38 special. It shoots and carries very well. I only wish we had a better selection of rounds for it.

There are generally two ways to improve .38 special: increasing velocity and altering bullet construction. The .38 +p is an example of the former, which also increases the thing you don't want in a very light gun: recoil. Various types of expanding hollow point technology are an example of the latter but most designs have dovetailed with higher velocity for proper function. An excellent example of just the latter was the old Nyclad. It used a very soft lead that would expand effectively at lower velocities and was coated in nylon to prevent barrel leading. Sadly, they are no longer made and I don't see any other manufacturers pursuing low-velocity improvements.
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Old June 28, 2015, 03:58 AM   #19
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I like the LCR .38 with standard-pressure .38 special. It shoots and carries very well. I only wish we had a better selection of rounds for it.

There are generally two ways to improve .38 special: increasing velocity and altering bullet construction. The .38 +p is an example of the former, which also increases the thing you don't want in a very light gun: recoil. Various types of expanding hollow point technology are an example of the latter but most designs have dovetailed with higher velocity for proper function. An excellent example of just the latter was the old Nyclad. It used a very soft lead that would expand effectively at lower velocities and was coated in nylon to prevent barrel leading. Sadly, they are no longer made and I don't see any other manufacturers pursuing low-velocity improvements.
Just say "speer gold dot 38+p" and be done. They are designed for snub nose and excel at that. They're really not that bad. Train with regular velocity (a few gold dot too) and load up on the gold dots for ccw....
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Old June 28, 2015, 01:13 PM   #20
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I like the LCR .38 with standard-pressure .38 special. It shoots and carries very well. I only wish we had a better selection of rounds for it.
I assume you mean SD loads as there are tons of target loads available. I know of three that should get the job done if you don't want to go to +P: Hornady's Critical Defense Lite 90gr, Critical Defense 110gr, and Winchester's 130gr Defend load. If I was going to have the LCR38, I'd use the Lite and call it done.
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Old June 29, 2015, 12:19 AM   #21
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I assume you mean SD loads as there are tons of target loads available. I know of three that should get the job done if you don't want to go to +P: Hornady's Critical Defense Lite 90gr, Critical Defense 110gr, and Winchester's 130gr Defend load. If I was going to have the LCR38, I'd use the Lite and call it done.
Yes. I've kept my alloy snubs and older non+p stuff stocked with 110gr Silvertips. They aren't bad but they're no Nyclad. They also aren't new. That isn't necessarily bad in itself but neither is innovation or development. I'll check out your recommendations.
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Old June 29, 2015, 05:48 PM   #22
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I just bought the same and there is absolutely no rattle or anything when I shake it. But since I'm the novice can't say what it might be. Call Ruger if you have doubts or questions. They're excellent.
I can say with surety that we got the 357 over the 38spec because of the extra weight. My wife nor I will be shooting mags out of this just reg 38 specials(for my wife) and me 38 +P's. I agree with Hornady lite 90 grains or 110 grains maybe even speer 135 grain P+. Have some of all & I'll try them out.
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