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myc1972 06-16-2011 01:07 AM

What is +P ? Safe or not?
I have an older Rossi .38 Special Revolver.

Would it be safe to use +P bullets in it?

I see alot of selection for +P .38 Special bullets but don't really know anything about what the +P means? or if it's safe.


sniper762 06-16-2011 01:29 AM

+P ammo is just a "hot" load

check with manufacturer, but i personally wouldnt hesitate to use them but wouldnt shoot them a lot

DogLegArms 06-16-2011 01:42 AM

and 'hot' means a higher internal pressure than standard pressure which increases the muzzle velocity. i've never looked at the actual numbers but +p is around 10% hotter than standard pressure. then there's +p+....

not all manufacturers will recommend +p ammo in their handguns.

mesinge2 06-16-2011 02:19 AM

The model number will help!

For example a model 80 is not +P rated but an 82 is.

ViNoM 06-16-2011 02:34 AM

I have a Ruger LCR .38 that I have shot both .38 and .38+P rounds. The added kick from the +P rounds can be a little hard on the hand. :cool: so I usually just shoot a few of the +P and save them for defense rounds, and practice with the standard rounds. :D

armsmaster270 06-16-2011 05:45 AM

I have put about 700 +P+ through my Model 15 and its still ticking.

myc1972 06-16-2011 10:30 PM

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Thanks for the replies, they help alot! :D

I am not sure what model my Rossi .38 special, is. I am trying to find out in another post. But here is a picture of it:

sniper762 06-16-2011 10:35 PM

open the cylinder an look inside the crane. model should be stamped there.

canebrake 06-16-2011 10:36 PM

Call Rossi and ask them. (As you should with any manufacture.)

Get the name of the spokesperson.

Their answer will speak volumes about their products and company!

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