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Old May 21, 2021, 05:15 PM   #1
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Ruger 3" LCRX .38 Spl. +P

I call it my super lightweight 38/44 because it can handle the hottest .38 special loads all the way up to 415 foot pounds ME.
FWIW, Buffalo Bore Outdoorsman +P chronographed out of this LCRX 158 grain at 1079 fps. Out of a 3" barrel pretty close to the original 38/44 specs of 158 grain at 1150 out of a six inch barrel.
It's my EDC around the ranch doing chores, working in the woods, etc. So light that it's a joy to carry.


Some people would call it ugly, but it sure shoots BEAUTIFUL groups!
After replacing the stock front sight with a HiViz red fiber optic, I went down to the field to sight it in. First two shots at 5 yards were dead center in the green tape bull. Walked back to ten yards and the next six shots were in a tight group, then walked back to fifteen yards and took a couple more shots and it was still centered. My target reloads with 3.5 trailboss, 158 grain RN lead. Standing off hand all shots double action. 1.75 inch group, ten shots. I've shot this gun testing my reloads, but have not shot at a paper target in over a year! This makes me want to shoot it some more. I love the new FO sights!



The other mod I just did was to grind down the Hogue Tamer grips as much as possible. I used a coarse sanding disk on a fixed mandrel to take it down and a 3/4 sanding drum to smooth out and take a bunch off by the finger guard. Then I hand sanded down and stipple back out with a wood burner tip. In this photo you can see how narrow it is now. But I left the cushion, so that I can shoot hot loads.
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Old May 21, 2021, 05:19 PM   #2
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Here's a better side view of the modified Hogue tamers. The length was cut down as well, but is still 3 finger hold for my medium size hands. The hold down screw is modified from an allen head 8/32 screw so that I can attach a lanyard.
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Old May 21, 2021, 07:49 PM   #3
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Here's a better side view of the modified Hogue tamers. The length was cut down as well, but is still 3 finger hold for my medium size hands. The hold down screw is modified from an allen head 8/32 screw so that I can attach a lanyard.
Nice!
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Old May 21, 2021, 09:22 PM   #4
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Love it!
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Old May 22, 2021, 10:34 AM   #5
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I love my LCR9mm and LCR22. And looking at that LCRX of yours makes me want one in 3". Nice revolver for sure. I know it is a lot of fun. I bet it is a great shooter. Nothing like a small revolver. Congrats!
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I call it my super lightweight 38/44 because it can handle the hottest .38 special loads all the way up to 415 foot pounds ME.
FWIW, Buffalo Bore Outdoorsman +P chronographed out of this LCRX 158 grain at 1079 fps. Out of a 3" barrel pretty close to the original 38/44 specs of 158 grain at 1150 out of a six inch barrel.
It's my EDC around the ranch doing chores, working in the woods, etc. So light that it's a joy to carry.
Got myself an LCRx earlier this year. Like it just fine. The design seems very well thought out, and executed. Would not mind, at all, a 3" version for carry.


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Some people would call it ugly, but it sure shoots BEAUTIFUL groups!
After replacing the stock front sight with a HiViz red fiber optic,
I intend to, sometime soon, a replacement front sight, probably a tritium night sight.

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I went down to the field to sight it in. First two shots at 5 yards were dead center in the green tape bull. Walked back to ten yards and the next six shots were in a tight group, then walked back to fifteen yards and took a couple more shots and it was still centered. My target reloads with 3.5 trailboss, 158 grain RN lead. Standing off hand all shots double action. 1.75 inch group, ten shots. I've shot this gun testing my reloads, but have not shot at a paper target in over a year! This makes me want to shoot it some more. I love the new FO sights!
(Note to self, dot torture with the LCR, sometime soon.)


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The other mod I just did was to grind down the Hogue Tamer grips as much as possible.
Grip preference is, of course, very individual. I'm quite OK with the stock Hogue grips, either the finger groove boot grip or the longer grooveless grip like you modified. That's unusual. I usually don't like Hogue rubber grips, and usually find revolver grips out of the box lacking. I don't anticipate I'll change it out unless I get a lasergrip.
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Old May 22, 2021, 11:31 AM   #7
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I love mine.
I can’t see why these don’t sell like hot cakes, they are nearly perfect for my woods-bumming purposes.

With stout .38 Special +p loads, the “ugly” grips become quite beautiful after a box of that ammo goes down range. The light pistol puts quite a smack in to the hand, I really can feel the grip material easing the pain. Small, light, powerful, weather resistant, inexpensive enough that I don’t cringe dropping it in my hunting or fishing vest pocket... fairly accurate and very reliable.. is it perfect?

No, not perfect. Would I buy a 4” LCRX in .327 Fed Mag and shoot .32 level H&R level loads out of it? TAKE MY MONEY!

I like what the OP has done to the grips! It serves his purpose!

Me, I was thinking to make some pretty wood “ladysmith” style grips for mine. As I shot it more and went home with a buzzing paw a few times, those hogue grips now beautiful to me. So do target load .38 wadcutters. Ya pay a price for that fantastic light weight in your mitten. It’s worth it!
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I'm another fan, and I also get along well with the as-issued grip.

I have the 3" LCRX in all four cartridges but the .38 is my favorite of the bunch.
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Old May 25, 2021, 03:55 PM   #9
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I got a chuckle yesterday when I found a review on the Smith 360PD, notorious for being painful shooting full house magnums. The guy in the video, LEO was boasting about how he shot full house magnums through his without any problems.
Speer Gold Dot Short barrel magnums, 125 grain GD rated at 1100 fps out of his gun.

I'm shooting 158 grain BB HC at 1079 out this LCRX, so I guess mine is a magnum too!
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Old July 18, 2021, 07:52 AM   #10
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I sure wish that I could find one!

I have been looking for a 357 version for a long time!

I had the 22LR version and sold it off. I sort of regret that now.
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Old July 18, 2021, 08:36 AM   #11
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Nice!! High Valley. While I had not planned on any more buying of firearms, all my center fires just do not get out much these days and I am shooting mostly 22.cal as a way to satisfy my Addiction. Since I have the LCR9mm and the LCR22 is my favorite Plinker/Trainers, I am seriously considering the LCRX 3" in 22. I have developed this fun time of shooting clays at 50 yds and now want to expand.
Thanks for sharing. What a great Gun, Congrats!
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