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Old 01-04-2009, 08:43 PM   #11
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Well, I just test-drove a S&W 686 4" yesterday, and I'm pretty sure its love at first shot....

A gun show is rolling into town this weekend, so I'm going to see what I can dig up there. I'd like to not pay nearly $700 for it....
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:12 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by robocop10mm View Post
the .38+p loads will be much more comfortable to shoot. Some might carry the +p's and have the mags for a reload.

Light weight snubbies with mag ammo can be VERY uncomfortable to shoot. +p's might give decent realistic training fodder w/o the punishment of the mags.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:44 PM   #13
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As a matter of interest, some .38 Special +P+ ammunition was made intended solely for use in .357 Magnum revolvers.

Why? The .357s were short barreled guns, and the shorter .38 Special cases extracted more positively than the longer .357 brass. This was intended as a law enforcement round where speed of reloading might be a matter of importance.

The short barrel gun had a short extractor throw, sometimes leaving a cas or two hanging in the cylinder.

But ya'll probably already knew that.

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