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Question by the cowboy. Uploaded on June 17, 2010
Look it up :)
.38 Special +P ammunition might be called "hot loads" because of their higher chamber pressures and velocities. They are not recommended for very small or ancient firearms, like the old S&W Chief Special, although the modern Colt Detective Special can handle them.
I didn't know the .32ACP had a +P loading, but I would refrain from using it in a pre-war model auto like the 1903. I don't use 9mm +P loads in my 1976 vintage Browning Hi-Power, but use 147 grain subsonic loads instead. I hope this helps.
Cowboy donot use +p ammo in that Colt 1903 Mod-M!
99explorer is right about +P loads, especially with browning hi-powers. Even modern hi-powers get torn apart by +P loads (as in cracked frames and slides) but any other modern pistol should be able to handle +P loads unless the manual specifically mentions not to shoot them. +P just means that the load generates pressure exceeding the SAAMI specified maximum for that round. For old rounds, like .38 special, .32, and 9mm the spec pressure is low relative to what the cases and modern handgun metallurgy can handle so it's not too big a deal.
THey are rite about pressures in old guns. In autos you may have to change to heavier slide springs to slow down the action so they will preform rite with +P rounds.
Never use +P ammunition in any firearm not stamped for use of that ammo. If it doesn't have +P on the barrel or slide, do not shoot it. Recoil or blowback autoloaders are designed for a set pressure range, usually SAAMI specs. Use anything else at your own risk.
furbustre THAT is a NoNo!! the gun is of 1903 vintage
the fram and barrel is old time IRON Well be for +p ammo.
I agree with WAM in principle. but I don't think I've ever seen +P marked on a barrel.
good question. that's what this site is for.
it was my great grandpa's so i don't want to take any chances. old all steel construction. no nylon!
You have made a wise decision, cowboy.
That is why 99explorer you look it up to remove all dought and possibility of injury!
WA Mtnhunter is absolutely right!
cowboy, going by what you said being your Grandfathers, in no way would I attempt shooting a +P in that firearm! I've seen a many handguns at gun shows and on the range blown up because someone tried to fudge something it wasn't capable of.
I would like to add that the condition of any particular firearm is another factor to be considered in determining whether +P ammunition is safe to shoot in it.
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