S&W 442 J frame

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  1. norton

    norton

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    Picked up a barely used one today and plan to carry it.
    What ammo do you guys who own one use?
    I am a reloader, right now all I have are 148 gr HBWC lead bullets.
    I do have 170 grain cast lead bullets but have not tried them yet. They may be too long for the cylinder, and the LGS owner suggested I not use them although this revolver is rated for +P.
    Your suggestions? If I can find it I will try some factory ammo.
     
  2. bac1023

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    Congrats Norton :)


    :needspics:
     
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  3. J.R. Bob Dobbs

    J.R. Bob Dobbs Nerd

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    I like the 442 so much I bought a second one; they’re great for pocket carry. My current fav is Alabama Holsters kydex, though a cheap Desantis Nemesis will work fine. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Carried with any of the many 38spl loads I have on hand.
     
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  4. mmcbeat

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    I like Gold Dot +P short barrel. Only problem is they are all but impossible to find right now.
     
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  5. norton

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    I know. I know. :cat:
    Its sitting in the gun safe right now. I plan to hit the range tomorrow and will post some pics after.
     
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    Any decent hp that hits point of aim will work, that’s one of the beautiful things about a revolver.

    Mine’s loaded with hydrashocks, I picked up a bunch of them years ago and I’ve been cycling through them. I’ll go find some gold dot sb when the ammo situation gets somewhat back to normal since I’m running a little low on hydrashocks
     
  7. JK-linux

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    Congrats. I'd recommend Gold Dot Short Barrel for most folks. If you can shoot a peppy gun well, then definitely try Underwood 158gr +P LSWCHP - they're the real deal.
     
  8. nikerret

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    I generally carry the 125gr Golden Saber +P.

    I have acquired the 130gr Ranger Bonded +P, the 130gr HST +P, 135gr Gold Dot Short Barrel +P, and the 125gr Gold Dot +P. I intend to do accuracy testing, at some point. Whichever is most accurate will be carried.
     
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    Ordell Robbie Giant Member

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    Any +P hollowpoint you can find...
     
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  10. Kentucky Shooter

    Kentucky Shooter NRA Life Member

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    These are my preferred shells as well, but I’d carry now whatever I could get.

    These are great guns, congratulations!
     
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  11. PattonWasRight

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    There are rounds with more umph but from my experimentation lighter regular power rounds give me fast center mass accuracy. It's a light gun so no matter what round you choose be sure to practice a fast follow up shot

    I carry mine with critical defense 115 grain for the reasons above
     
  12. collim1

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    135g Gold Dot

    In fact I carry that in all my .38 revolvers regardless of barrel length.

    Prior to those being available I carried Remington 158g LSWCHP.
     
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    From a reloader standpoint, Hornady 158gr SWC-HP/swaged are excellent. I worked up loads with Bullseye, WW 231 and Red Dot. All of which were a handfull to test. Amazing how accurate the 442 is, just can be rude with heavier bullets. Remington Factory 158 LSWC +P are my carry ammo in it.
     
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    Consider wadcutter loads like the 148 grain wadcutter meant for target shooting. Due to bullet shape they cut a good wound channel and they penetrate deeply. Often carried in LEO's back up guns. A major advantage is the lower recoil as J frames can be a handfull.
    If you are not recoil sensitive then the 135gr Golden Saber has a good reputation.
     
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    Berto woo woo

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    If you can handle heavy recoil, the buffalo bore/underwood +p 158gr lswchp are the hardest hitting choices and chrono as advertised (1000fps) in my 442.
    Recoil is heavy, go std pressure if that's too much, they do 850fps.
    The all copper 110gr loads are great too, speedload easier
     
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    Those are some SOFT bullets. Like dent with your fingernail soft. I have loaded 1k of them and they shot well.

    I always wanted to shoot them into some ballistics gel at 850fps and see what they did.
     
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    I load Speer short barrel 135gr Gold Dots in mine or Remington 158gr LSWCHP. I'd love to try the 130gr Federal HST load if it could be found.

    In truth though, the old standard 148gr wadcutter load is probably about as good as any.
     
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    I have the S&W 642 and love it. The S&W 442 my partner carry's as a BUG is real nice shooter and both are very reliable. I love my 642 and use Gold Dot +P short barrel that I have stock of. I put a Hogue grip on and glad I did. I like this grip for the range and have taken time to get used to it for carry. Good luck with your 442. Enjoy! S&W642_Hogue_002.jpg
     
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    I like 158gr. I load between light and standard, going from about 3.1gr to 4.0gr of Win 231, depending on what I want. Over that gets in to +P, which I'm careful about how much I shoot in an aluminum frame J.

    I'm sure you could do something similar with 148gr, checking your book.

    The reason I use 158gr, is because easy to find and buy in bulk and use in all .38 and .357, and know the powder amounts to get what I want. And for defensive loads I like a heavier bullet in revolvers (heavier than the 125-135gr defensive stuff out there). I carry the 158gr +P.

    All of that, boils down to my overall favorite range shooting load for my 637 and 642 is 158gr lead semi-wadcutter over 3.4gr of win 231 :)
     
  20. CAMSDADDY

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    I think you could do a lot worse than carrying wadcutters.