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by The Annoyed Man
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: LCR 9mm v. 38 Special snub
Replies: 11
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Re: LCR 9mm v. 38 Special snub

Charles L. Cotton wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:21 am
Using the SIG ammo, the 9mm LCR had an average velocity of about 1150 fps for a 125 gr. JHP. That's on the order of 300 fps more than the 38 Special! That makes the 9mm LCR an attractive BUG.

However, I remembered the video Paul did comparing 38 Special and .357 Mag. snub guns and the difference in velocity was huge (over 400 fps). So the question as I see it is this. When carrying a snub BUG, do you want to go with an atypical revolver caliber (9mm) that requires moon clips, or a traditional revolver caliber (.357 Mag.) that pushes the 125 gr. JHP about 100 fps faster?


Here's Paul's video comparing 38 Special and .357 Mag. snub revolvers.
I thought about getting a 9mm revolver, because my primary carry pistols are 9mms, and commonality of ammo is a good thing. But.... I ended up buying a Scandium .357 magnum because it gave me 3 options: .38 Special, .38 Special +P, and .357 magnum. Since I already owned a stainless revolver in .357 and an Airweight in .38(+P), I still had the benefit of commonality of ammo; but in a 13oz revolver I could carry in all 3 chamberings.

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