Since I initially purchased the Ruger LCR in 9mm I have been on a quest (obsession?) to determine why the recoil on a higher pressure round (9mm) seemed lighter than the .38 Special Ruger LCR I own. I have tried changing the grips to match but that had almost no impact on the amount of felt recoil and the 9mm still won the light recoil crown between these two (almost) identical revolvers.
So, this time out I was able to not only match the grips (both factory tamer grips) but also the ammunition. On a recent shopping trip I found some reasonably matched ammunition to use.
For the .38 Special I picked up a box of CCI Blazer Brass ammunition. This is loaded with125 Grain bullets that, according to the manufacturer’s specs, are launched at 865 Feet Per Second and carrying 208 ft/lbs of energy. For the 9mm load I found Federal American Eagle loaded with 124 Grain bullets that, again according to manufacturer’s specs head downrange at 1150 FPS with 364 Ft./lbs of energy. The bullet weights are the same but velocity and energy levels are different.
I have had the ammunition for a few weeks but illness, work and life in general kept me from hitting the range until last weekend.
…and the results?
For all intents and purposes the perceived recoil was identical.
The 9mm is a slightly more powerful round with higher velocity and energy but with similar bullet weight the few extra ounces of the LCR negates any difference in felt recoil.
I was really surprised. I expected the 9mm to be more snappy and have more felt recoil but when I was finally able to compare like to like, they are essentially the same.
So, there you have it.
Take care and God bless.
P.S. By the way the little 9mm revolver continues to be reliable for me and has seen no malfunctions once I switched away from the Blazer Brass 9mm ammunition I was using.