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EagleDreamer 11-13-2012 07:46 PM

S&W Model 60 question.
I acquired a S&W .38 .Spl model 60 a few years ago. I have not shot any .38 +P through it, but can I? I believe it is from the 70's. I looked online at the S&W website and now the model 60 is a .357 that will accept the .38 +P rounds. Any ideas?

phildenton 11-13-2012 07:50 PM

I would contact smith & wesson directly. Aside from that stick to what is stamped on the barrel.

mountainman13 11-13-2012 08:33 PM

It's all stainless. It'll be fine.

207driver 11-19-2012 03:58 AM


Originally Posted by phildenton (Post 1013152)
I would contact smith & wesson directly. Aside from that stick to what is stamped on the barrel.

What he said--^--
What proof steel they use today may not be anything like they used 40 years ago.

I reloaded some pretty hot loads for my pre '70's version K38, probably more like +P+, and it seemed to handle it okay, but got to thinking that the accuracy didn't improve, and I was beating up a pretty nice gun just to get some extra feet per second out of it. If you want that kind of performance, trade it for a 357 Mag.

Unfortunately, I lost the K38 to some sticky fingers.
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Axxe55 11-19-2012 04:03 AM

i would have to say if it's marked 38 Spl. then thats what you should shoot. but as suggested contact S & W and ask them for their advice on whether it's safe to use the +p ammo.

nitestalker 11-19-2012 06:06 AM

The Mdl. 60 S&W .38 Spec. is no longer on the list for for Federal Officers carry guns. The reason they are not rated for +P ammo. These are fine little handguns and the standard .38 Service loads worked well for 90 years.:)

gunsmoke11 11-19-2012 07:34 AM

In the PD we were warned way back to never fire +P out of our OD revolvers which included the S&W model60 and the Colt DS. We carried .38 special 158gr semi wad lead for the street and 148gr wadcutters for the range. Listen to Nightstalker and get the newer version made in the 90's for .357, then you can shoot whatever you want safely. This was my DS made in the late 60's.

JohnJak 11-19-2012 11:59 AM

Is there a real need to shoot +P ammo in your S&W .38 .Spl model 60?

EagleDreamer 11-19-2012 01:45 PM

Thanks for all of the replys. I really have no need to shoot +P. But I was given a box of HP +P so I was trying to figure out if I could shoot them. I guess I will be passing those along to a guy at work who just bought a .38+P.

Gonzilla 11-19-2012 11:12 PM

Older Md 60
This was a unique time in history. Officers often carried +P .loads even though their weapons were not designed to fire them.

My understanding was the gun could fire them but not for very long or the cylinder w stretch out. I suppose if your life is endangered, the thought of reducing the longevity of your firearm doesnt mean a whole lot.

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