Range Report - Ruger LCR 38
I hope this is the right forum to post a range report. I have had a Ruger LCR for some time, but with one thing and another, this is the first time I have shot it. I used Winchester 38 Special 148 grain mid-range wadcutters at about 30 feet. I shot all rounds two handed. I have three main observations:
1) Recoil is quite snappy, even with wadcutters. However, the factory grips provide excellent control, but a beginning shooter would find this gun unpleasant to fire. I would not want to shoot it with heavy loads, but I would like to try it with lighter bullets (like standard velocity 130 grain FMJ or 110 grain HPs) to see how that affects recoil. (I see that Ruger offers this gun in 357 Magnum. I would be interested to know what this is like to shoot...as long as I do not have to shoot it myself.)
2) Accuracy is good, better than I expected for a DA-only revolver that does not weigh enough to make a good paperweight. The basic factory sights are good (I did not have a laser or night sights), and once again, the grips are a plus in helping line them up properly, and keep them lined up during the trigger pull. The trigger let-off is crisp.
3) The ejector rod seemed too short to me. I was shooting low-pressure factory ammo, but not all cases would eject cleanly - 2 or 3 would get about 90% out, then refuse to drop. This happened even when I pointed the muzzle straight up and stroked the ejector rod briskly. I wondered if nickel-plated brass would help. Without a longer barrel, this must be quite a problem in the 357 Magnum version.
I hope this is of interest - just my $.02.
Last edited by Lanrezac; 12-14-2011 at 06:49 PM..