What is +P ? Safe or not?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by myc1972, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. myc1972

    myc1972 New Member

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    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.

    Thanks!
     
  2. sniper762

    sniper762 New Member

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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
     

  3. DogLegArms

    DogLegArms New Member

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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.
     
  4. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    The model number will help!

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

    ViNoM New Member

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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. :cool: so I usually just shoot a few of the +P and save them for defense rounds, and practice with the standard rounds. :D
     
  6. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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    I have put about 700 +P+ through my Model 15 and its still ticking.
     
  7. myc1972

    myc1972 New Member

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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:
     

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  8. sniper762

    sniper762 New Member

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

    canebrake New Member

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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!