Just bought a Taurus model 85SSUL

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    Just bought a Taurus model 85SSUL

    Been a while since I've owned a revolver, anyone have a good .38 SD round recommendation?
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    I have one of these little gems. I like the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel ammo for a snubbie. Another good round is Hornady's Critical Defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltyke View Post
    I have one of these little gems. I like the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel ammo for a snubbie. Another good round is Hornady's Critical Defense.
    I carry Speer Gold Dor .38SP+P in my S&W snubbie

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    Thanks, so is it safe to assume that +P ammo is okay to shoot through gun? Being an alloy I wasn't sure if the added pressures would harm the piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawcat View Post
    Thanks, so is it safe to assume that +P ammo is okay to shoot through gun? Being an alloy I wasn't sure if the added pressures would harm the piece.
    Only if its rated to shoot +p. Congrats on the purchase BTW. MY S&W 442 says ".38SP+P" right on the barrel. Not sure about yours? Alot of lightweight revolvers are designed to handle the extra pressure of the "hotter" load.


    http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...adcrumbseries=

    According to the Taurus website SHOULD be rated at +P.

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    Thanks again.

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    I just picked up a couple of boxes of Buffalo Bore .38 +p; for my 442. I haven't shot it, yet, but all the research that I've done lately on .38 special leads me to believe that this is the stuff for SD.

    Here is an excellent read on +p pressures in ammunition.
    .38 Special LSWCHP +P: Still a Top Load?

    I did a search on our forum and came up with a lot of conversations regarding this topic; very helpful stuff:
    +P and pressure; .38 special 'FBI load'.

    I found the first two links while perusing the content of the last two... happy reading


    Oh, and BTW; where are the pics of the Taurus?
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    +1 on the Hornady Critical Defense.
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    I've had an 851SSUL for about 7 years now, and yes, it is indeed rated for +P ammo. This is a gun that is carried lots and shot little, but that said, it's had well over 1000 rounds through it without a problem. I especially like the movable blade rear sight.

    My carry loads vary between Fed/Win/Rem 158 gr +P lead SWCHP - the "FBI load," and 135-ish grain Gold Dot Short Barrel. This is a belly gun and hits from bad-breath range to about 10 yards are what counts, and I have yet to find a commercial defense load that won't meet that rather coarse standard.

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    Great articles zacii. Thanks for that info.

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    Always been a fan of Federal 125 gr. NyClad's standard velocity. My tests in wet news print were good out of our 85.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tawcat View Post
    Been a while since I've owned a revolver, anyone have a good .38 SD round recommendation?
    You made an excellent choice First Sergeant! THIS is what I carry in mine. It offers plenty of power without the excessive recoil of +P.

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    I'm thinking BB, thanks to all.

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    May be 'old school' but I still use Silvertips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawcat View Post
    Thanks, so is it safe to assume that +P ammo is okay to shoot through gun? Being an alloy I wasn't sure if the added pressures would harm the piece.
    Your 85 is rated for +P! Enjoy and shot the crap out of it. I run 3 HP and 2 FMJ...alternating. Never know when you are going to have to punch though something very solid.
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