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Old 11-18-2016, 08:07 AM   #1
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got done with a Distinguished Service Revolver Match Thursday morning......shot my Smith 686 and placed 2nd........that old retired Border Patrolman showed up and he is purty salty in competition.

Anyways, the side match was a backup handgun match from 3 to 15 yards. Just an informal 50 round severely modified ppc match for the smaller guns on a b27 using the 5-4 scoring system.. I asked and he let me borrow his 3" LCRx for the match while he shot a small kimber........ok, i got beat again but i was in immediate lust with this LCRx. I shot a 246 out of 250 with this fly weight using my mid range cast reloads. This thing is still i believe 2 ounces lighter than my Magnum LCR yet with this larger grip on the three inch, it was very comfortable and controllable.......not to mention that with that fiber optic sight she was so easy to pick up.

The down-side........the HKS speed loaders were actually more difficult to use on this 3" version with its longer grip when compared to my LCR standard compact grips. I did not choke....but on a couple of reloads tilting and dropping the rounds was on a wing and a prayer under the clock.......i could had easily blown the stage and it was more luck than anything that i did not.


I had give serious thought about a GP100 3" Wiley Clapp as a possibility. Now i have something else to think about.

I could shoot that Wiley Clapp in IDPA or some other matches. The LCRx 3" being a 5 shot would be counter productive for such...............but dang she was fun, light, and plenty accurate enough.

i guess my biggest problem is too many wants balanced with limited funding........

Wonder if the wife will let me terminate DISH network......she complains i watch too much tv anyways...
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:26 AM   #2
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Hey, great report and congrats!

The LCR is one of the few Rugers I haven't owned, having always opted for J frame Smiths, but with me, you never know. That could change.

I have owned a WC GP, though, and I regret having traded it off, but didn't work for my use. Bought it for a woods carry gun, but was just too heavy for me with the paddle holster I was using and since I never wear belts, didn't want to mess with a standard hip holster to get a more stable carry. Switched to an SP101 in 357 and that solved the weight problem, nicely (and it does shoot, very well, too).

The WC was a GREAT shooting gun, though. Loved the balance and those Novak sights were awesome and fast to see in the dim light of our north woods. Shooting those heavy 180 grain bear loads was a lot more pleasant, too, than when shooting them in my SP. For me, the WC was just one of those in between guns that didn't quite fit in my shooting scheme.

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.......The down-side........the HKS speed loaders were actually more difficult to use on this 3" version with its longer grip when compared to my LCR standard compact grips. ......
I like my standard LCRs. I have two HKS 36A speedloaders for the .357, which are a liitle off. 36A was made for J-frames that have the chambers just a hair farther apart than LCRs, the cartridges make a larger circle. The aluminum 5-Star loaders have a model specifically made for the LCR, and are claimed to work better. Some report that they release too easily, dumping rounds in your pocket, but others say no...???

They might be an answer to your situation. Shop Ruger seems to have the best deal on the loaders.

http://shopruger.com/LCR-Speed-Loade...uctinfo/12051/

5-Star also makes loading blocks, carriers and pouches for their loaders. 5-Star website:

http://www.5starfirearms.com/Speed-Loading-s/106.htm

I really like HKS loaders. I wish they made a specific LCR .38/.357 model, and an 8 round .22 for that LCR and the SP-101.

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Thanks Deputy, I felt like I was watching the match.
I have contemplated dropping TV and other expenses for the sake of firearms.
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I bought an early version of the 38 Spl LCR, had a couple of trigger reset issues and the revolver had a tendency to twist with the recoil. I don't know of anyone else who experience the same twisting issue. I traded it off for a S&W 642.
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i am eventually going to give the 5 star speed loaders a whirl.....at this point for my magnum LCR i have my HKS loaders, speed strips, and still put into play a dump pouch on occasion....so i have options......but a decent speed loader that will fit properly instead of fighting it is highly desired.

i have given some thoughts of trying the bantam boot grip for pocket carry and gaining speed loader clearance but i sort of like the FG grip on it currently.

read up on some high dollar speed loaders called Speed Beez and they raved about them and the LCR......but the more i looked into them the more i thought them to be not street worthy and more of a light duty range gaming option........seems they are just held in by spring tension and it does not take much to un-spring them.....

i also tried the 38 LCR and did a side by side comparison with the 357 mag LCR with identical 38 loads......and that is why i went with the magnum as that xtra 4 ounces made a big difference at least to me with control and felt recoil shooting 38's.....

i now prefer my magnum LCR (loaded with 38's) over the Smith 642, Colt Agent, or my Charter Undercover......it just trips my trigger like no other snub......

But that 3" LCR......mercy what a difference that xtra inch on the barrel and the larger grips make....
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I keep the boot grips on both LCRs. No "sticky" rubber on the sides. I figure I bought them for carry, so may as well get used to them. They are a bit small for good control, but not as bad as they look!

I don't think they'd work with 357, but like you, I use 38s in mine, Hornady XTP. The 125 grain weight helps, and I practice with 130 gr Federal FMJ. Same POA and POI but shoots low, takes a 12 o'clock hold at ten yards.

Speed strips work for me too; I like Bianchi's better than Tuff. No option but Tuff for my 22, though.


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I bought an early version of the 38 Spl LCR, had a couple of trigger reset issues and the revolver had a tendency to twist with the recoil. I don't know of anyone else who experience the same twisting issue. I traded it off for a S&W 642.
I've never tried the 38 version, but no twisting that I notice with my 357. Maybe the extra four ounces helps with that? You do have to let the trigger return completely to get reset, by Ruger's design. It bugged me at first, but not a second thought now.
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Congratulations on some good shootin'. Even "salty old Border Patrol" have their off days. Stay on 'em.
I bought a LCR .357 Magnum for my wife. My first observation was how stiff the cylinder release was, but it has loosened up okay. She doesn't shoot it. She leaves it by the front door filled with snake shot.
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As always, my pesky, now you have it and now you don't, arthritis in my hands keeps nagging me and is constantly make me shuffle my carry choices. When it's on, reloading via speed loaders is not doable, all the more so if I was stressed. Some days, even shooting in DA is tough. Hell to get old.

With a semi-auto, having to rack the slide to clear a jam could be a potential issue, though the probability is very low on my autos that have proven themselves to be 100% reliable. I would trust my life with any of our Sigs or Springfields. More accurate with them, too. For sure, it's much quicker and easier for me to reload an extra mag in a compact semi-auto than do a quick reload with the revolver, even on a bad day.

Like both revolvers and semi-autos, though, so use both for carry.
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i am blessed that i have not had a visit from Uncle Arthur yet......but with the previously broken bones i know he will come knocking.....

I started with revolvers......heck, autos were not allowed at the academy when i started. I have strayed back and forth over the years ....But over time i have gravitated more back to the wheel guns.....

I was the only revolver shooter at the match........not that i mind......i had no trouble policing my brass afterwards while the rest of the officers were like chickens scratching in the yard trying to find theirs.......the grass was a little tall but i did not think it was that bad......

the winner was shooting a Springfield XD 9mm competiton model........had a cut out in the slide and i remember 5.25? or something like that on the slide.

A female officer had competed and done horrible with her new Sig p250 that she was trying out for the first time. And i do mean horrible. After the match i tried her gun and i was not suprised with the length of that dao trigger. It would take me a lot of shooting to get proficient with that gun. I had watched her afterwards and the muzzle kept pulling down which accounted for many of her shots impacting below the 7 ring on the b27.

the retired border patrol man let her try his XD competition......very light trigger on that thing. I do believe she is going to be trading off that sig purty quick and looking into an xd. Her shooting drastically improved.

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Speed loaders always seemed a little intimidating when facing the clock.
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