I've owned a Charter Arms Undercover for 25-30 years now. I've always wondered about using .38 Spl +P ammo. I've never really found a definitive answer.
I went to the Charter Arm site and this:
"Q. Can I shoot +P in my .38 revolver?
A.Charter .38's are among the smallest revolvers in this caliber. Yes they can handle +P but we do not recommend it for the following reasons:
+P ammo requires a four-inch minimum barrel to burn the extra powder. Therefore, in a two-inch barrel the extra powder is burned after the bullet leaves the barrel creating more recoil and making it harder to come back to target.
We recommend a standard velocity load and practice with round nose lead rounds which are the least expensive. When you load for protection, use a jacketed or hollow point in the same grain you practice with."
Soooooo, I guess I'm not sure if the +P applies to my 30 year old Undercover or not......???
I'd also like to know from you guys what you think about +P out of a two inch barrel..... Is the extra powder being burned "after" the bullet is long gone??