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Old 06-16-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default 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.

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:29 AM   #2
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+P ammo is just a "hot" load

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

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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.

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The model number will help!

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

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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. so I usually just shoot a few of the +P and save them for defense rounds, and practice with the standard rounds.

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

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Thanks for the replies, they help alot!

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:

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

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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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