158gr +P in a Rossi

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    158gr +P in a Rossi

    Hello,

    As per my recent post, I found a LNIB Rossi snubby revolver, no lock, pre- +P issue.

    I bought some S&W 158gr LSWCHP +P for self-defense. Standard pressure is used for practice.

    A member of H&A lists the defensive ammo I got as 1060fps! I'm assuming this is from a 4" barrel, if not a rifle barrel. If the "50fps/inch of barrel" holds true, which it doesn't always, I'd still be getting 960fps out of a snubby!

    My question to you is, what can I expect with this gun/ammo combination? I know it will accelerate wear, but I do not plan on shooting it more than 5 rounds every 6 months, and that only to get rid of my old carry rounds and load up fresh. All practice shooting will be done with standard pressure.

    I am quite used to shooting .357 mag, and a friend's .38spl 3" with hot loads, so I'm used to the recoil; no need to practice that. I'm a recoil junky ;D

    My question to the board is this: What can I expect upon firing this stuff? As I said earlier, I know accelerated wear is a given, but I'm asking more about catastrophic failures. Would you expect the forcing cone to give in five shots? One hundred shots? I'm aware of the .38/44 being loaded into old J-Frames before the advent of the .357mag.

    I guess I'm looking for someone to say that I will or will not experience a severely stretched frame, cracked forcing cone, or blown up gun with the very limited shooting I described above. :)

    Any takers on guessing what 10 rounds per year of severly hot ammo would do to a J-Frame Rossi?

    Thanks,

    Josh <><

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    I don't think you will have a problem with the limited diet that you describe.

    I would check the frame for stress cracks or better yet get a gunsmith to check the pistol out.

    Assuming it is in good shape you shouldn't have any problems. Of course you know what happens when you assume
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    Hello,

    I'm a gunsmith in training, actually ready to start some work as soon as I send off for my permit. I decided I'd do this for retirement but get my training in now, at 29. The gun checked out so nicely that I bought it.

    I've got answers coming in from other boards now too, and it seems that S&W was quite liberal in their advertisements. They used a 10" sealed barrel, very unrealistic unless you're talking .357mag for a hunting gun like a Contender, perhaps.

    Thanks!

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    I have an older Rossi 88 in .38 Spl that I have shot +P in for years (going on 25 now). If you like recoil, you will get some. Not a lot more but definitely more than stand. press. loads. What you will notice is that the groups will open up quite a bit.

    As for the gun, it will take the extra strain of the +P's. The Rossi is a well made gun.
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