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Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by 8th SPS USAF, Mar 28, 2012.


  1. 8th SPS USAF

    8th SPS USAF
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    Mas,
    I think I know the answer, but-shooting a 38+P+
    rnd out of a SW 38+P J frame will destroy/damage this gun.
    I may have a chance to get a few boxes, but I do not want to damage my 642. Thank you
     
  2. Mas Ayoob

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    S&W says no. +P yes, for today's strong J-frame Airweights like your 642, but +P+ is not in the cards for it. About 30 years ago, I beat a sweet little '70s-vintage Model 38 Bodyguard Airweight into uselessness with a mere 200 rounds of 110 grain +P+. Stretched the frame enough the firing pin could no longer hit the primers hard enough to achieve ignition. A masterful S&W armorer, Rick Devoid, brought it back from the dead by fixing the headspace, and if memory serves, he also had to turn the barrel back.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings,
    Mas
     

  3. 8th SPS USAF

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    Thank you. I though I was right. DO from Rochester,In
    says Hi.
     
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