S&W 342PD ammunition troubles...

S&W 342PD ammunition troubles...

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    S&W 342PD ammunition troubles...

    I am having some trouble with Speer ammunition.

    I am using a S&W scandium J-Frame, Model 342PD. It is chambered in .38 Special.

    I have fired hundreds of the Speer 125 grain GDHP in 38 Special+P through it, with no problem. (ammo boxes say 23720 H18G4 on them).

    Today I tried the Speer 135 grain GDHP 38 Special +P loads through the gun (23921 on box). The gun would lock up every 1-3 shots, and I'd have to wack the cylinder open with my hand. It seems as if a small amount of silver-colored material is shaving off from the bullet, and getting wedged in the area between the top of the barrel and the topstrap. When this material is removed, the gun functions fine again.

    The gun continues to function with the 125 grain loads just fine.

    Any idea what the problem might be?


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    check to see what the gun is rated accept for ammo.and max bullet weight. . < as in 125 gr JHP only> It's located on the side of the BBL............might be a simple difference of bullet weight..
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    Just says "38 special +P, jacketed bullets only"

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