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    stainless centinel question.

    My local gunshop has an older stainless steel Centinal that just came in. I am considering buying it ,but was told not to shoot plus p ammo in the gun. I figured a stainlees gun would be able to handle it. Is it correct that the gun can not handle plus p ammo?


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    S&W doesn't recommend and won't honor the warranty on older models in
    .38 special if you shoot +P.

    That said - IMHO do 99% of your shooting with standard ammo , and
    carry +P for "emergencies".

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    More information would be helpful.

    Are you referring to the Model 640 .38 Centennial Stainless?

    The Model 640 was produced from 1990 to 1995. It is +P rated.


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    yes 640 no dashes and on the Barrel is marked 38 special. ramp style fron sight . pre lock gun. The gunshop was adament that I should not fire any plus p ammo in it. both my 642 and 340 pd can handle plus P I just assumed the heavier all steel framed gun would be able to also. The gunshop stated the Metalurgy is not as good on the older guns versus the newer j Frames. I would buy it if I could use Plus P in it. MY Pd trains with and only Issues plus P for officers carrying J frames as back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsrule View Post
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    S&W doesn't recommend and won't honor the warranty on older models in
    .38 special if you shoot +P.

    That said - IMHO do 99% of your shooting with standard ammo , and
    carry +P for "emergencies".

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    how will they know if you shot +P ??

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    Just FYI

    When S&W came out with the STAINLESS STEEL 640 Centennial the initial couple of thousand revolvers were marked testED FOR +P+ on the frame flat under the cylinder.
    But then since (at the time) there was a lack of exact and specific SAMMI pressure information for the .38 SPL +P+ designated cartridges - the S&W lawyers told S&W to remove the testED FOR +P+ etched marking on the later production runs of the 640. So....the later production 640 Centennials are not marked testED FOR +P+ but, they are the same revolver.
    It was a CYA action on the part of S&W.
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    The Model 640 is +P rated (not +P+, as correctly noted by QKShooter).

    It is perfectly safe to fire +P ammo in this revolver.

    The "metallurgy" is every bit the equal of current production. After all, 1990-1995 was not the Stone Age.

    Your gunshop speaks with forked tongue.


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    +P ammo in a snubby is only for masochists. It is called a belly gun for a reason, close range defensive weapon.
    Don't get hung up on the +P a 158 gr JHP .38 S&W Special has plenty of penetration power.
    Just buy the gun, especially if it is one built before the internal lock was added.

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