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Need some expert advice!!

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by rick45acp, May 6, 2010.

  1. rick45acp

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    Jan 28, 2008
    I am awaiting the arrival of a new to me S&W 442. This is 442-1 in satin nickel. It left the factory in October 1995. It does not have the pin by the firing pin and it has the newer, larger yoke screw. Everything I have read says "if it is a 442-1 you can shoot +P's in it". A 25 year employee of S&W in customer service says "it left the factory in October 1995 and not 1996 so you should not shoot +P's in it". Does anybody know for absolutely certain, without doubt one way or the other? Thanks
    #1 rick45acp, May 6, 2010
    Last edited: May 6, 2010
  2. Dogguy

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    Aug 2, 2008
    Soggy South.
    If S&W says no +P, I would go with it.

    Couple of options I like: Federal 125 gr Nyclad HP and Fiocchi 125 gr JHP. Both are standard .38 Special loads and both seem to shoot well in my Airweights.

  3. the perfesser

    the perfesser
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    Jun 24, 2007
    You might want to try the Hornady Critical Defense standard pressure. (It also comes in a +P variety.) I have not tested it much yet, but manageable recoil and good accuracy thus far.
  4. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L
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    Jan 19, 2004
    Louisville Kentucky
    Your 442-1 should be up to the +P but I've seen this before were the factory didn't offer them +P rated until a bit later, I think they radiused the cylinder opening on the later ones..
    I use the Federal Nyclads 125gr HPs in my 642 No Dash & it's a great round with little flash & recoil & very accurate.. This same snub I've fit a 940-1 cylinder too & use the 125gr Nyclads in 9mm threw it for carry as well..
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