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I am wondering if it is safe to shoot .38 Special +P ammo out of an old "C" prefix (5-screw) Smith & Wesson revolver, circa 195

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  • I am wondering if it is safe to shoot .38 Special +P ammo out of an old "C" prefix (5-screw) Smith & Wesson revolver, circa 195

    I am wondering if it is safe to shoot .38 Special +P ammo out of an old "C" prefix (5-screw) Smith & Wesson revolver, circa 1950. What say you?

  • #2
    I would not.

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    • #3
      will it be ok, most likely but it only takes once for something to go wrong, i personally would not try it

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      • #4
        The S&W manual officially Advises AGAINST using +P Ammo in revolvers that aren't Model-Numbered.

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        • #5
          I know that it is better to err on the side of caution, but in 1972, SAAMI changed the pressure specifications for the .38 Special from 21,000 psi to 17,000 psi.
          Prior to that, the standard .38 Special was very close to today's "+P" cartridges (21,000 psi).
          I'm hoping to hear from someone with on-hand experience.
          I know that the advice from arms makers is influenced by the fear of litigation, but in years gone by, S&W reportedly claimed that their "K" frame revolvers could handle the .38-44 ammo, rated at 25,000 psi.

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          • #6
            I agree with every one else.
            It would probably be okay, but it's not worth the risk and why take the chance of destroying a nice collectable.
            Either pick up a S&W M10 or a newer, more modern gun that will handle +P ammo.

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            • #7
              As others have advised, it wouldn't be a wise thing to do.

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              • #8
                AS always, lots of opinions. Call S&W and ask rather than destroy a gun.

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                • #9
                  The Smith & Wesson manuals also caution against the use of reloaded ammunition.

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                  • #10
                    For most of the nimrods out there, that is sound advice....

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