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Old 12-19-2012, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default +P in an old Colt .38 Special

I got an old Colt Army .38 Special from a family member, and I had purchased some +P ammo for it. I didnt realize at the time what +P was, and am now wondering if it would be safe to use in that gun, any thoughts?
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Welcome to the forum CJ, glad you joined man. I'm sure someone here has the answer.
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Welcome and if you really like the gun NO +p. Have a good smith look at it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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:dito: What kwo said.

Most handguns made after 1986 are safe to use +P in, but it gets hit or miss before that. And if the gun is pre circa 1958 and/or a revolver, DO NOT USE +P.
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Thanks guys, i was definetly leaning torwards not using it, but that pretty much confirms it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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In my older model Colts and S&W's I like the standard velocity 158 gr. Lead Semi-Wadcutter.

Shoots to point of aim and is a decent self defense load for non +p.

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/produc...cial-wadcutter

resonable price.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Thanks, I will get a box and try it out.
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Originally Posted by Old School View Post
In my older model Colts and S&W's I like the standard velocity 158 gr. Lead Semi-Wadcutter.

Shoots to point of aim and is a decent self defense load for non +p.

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/produc...cial-wadcutter

resonable price.

Same here. An excellent round.
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Originally Posted by sixtyin5 View Post
:dito: What kwo said.

Most handguns made after 1986 are safe to use +P in, but it gets hit or miss before that. And if the gun is pre circa 1958 and/or a revolver, DO NOT USE +P.
This ^ Most pre 1986 were not proofed for +P.
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Originally Posted by Cigars&Scotch View Post
I got an old Colt Army .38 Special from a family member, and I had purchased some +P ammo for it. I didnt realize at the time what +P was, and am now wondering if it would be safe to use in that gun, any thoughts?
I agree with the rest of the guy's,But would not be afraid to fire a couple of +Ps out of it just to feel the difference.I also have a Colt Army 38 special that i have been trying to identify,And date.I contacted Colt,Sent pics. And numbers.They said it is a Colt Army/Navy 38 spcl. manufactured in 1905.I was hoping you could maybe post pics. for me to compare? Here is a couple of pics. of mine.Thanks in advance.
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