S&W Model60 .38spl Stainless question???

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    S&W Model60 .38spl Stainless question???

    Could someone suggest whether or not a Model 60 Stainless Chiefs Special (1972 or 1973 mfg) is rated to handle +p loads? If so, any +p recommendations? I am considering rotating this revolver into my carry stable.

    I know some Model 60's were rated for .38spl as well as .357. My model is 1 7/8" barrel (listed as 2" prob) stamped only 38 S.&W. SPL. I imagine the models capable of firing either caliber would be stamped .357 although capable of firing .38spl?
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    Probably the easiest way to check is contact S&W with the serial #. They should be able to tell you if the gun is +P rated.

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    If it doesn't say +P on the side of the barrell it probably isn't rated for it. That said, I would practice with non +P ammo and stoke it with +P for carry. Probably short barrell 135gr +P Gold Dots or 158gr LSWCHP+P.

    BTW, you are correct in your assumption about .38 Spl. stamped on the barrell. Use only .38 Spl. ammo. If it was stamped with .357 mag. it would fire both.

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    A S&W Model 60 made in 1972/73 is safe to fire +P ammo. As in all things, the key word is moderation. Don't feed it a steady diet of +P. Practice with standard velocity ammo, and occasionally fire 10 or 15 rounds of +P to check POI.

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    Carried a model 60 stainless as a backup in 'the old days'...125 gr. Nyclad +P worked just fine, great expansion, no problema...just sold it after "x" years...still weep about it and my other guns I sold...
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    You should have no problems. I have a Model 60, circa 1976 and have not had any problems with it digesting +p ammo. Same goes for my Model 36.

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    Much thanks. I've got some Rem +p 158gr LSWCHP from Midway enroute. Don't think I can go wrong with that load in the Model 60 snubbie

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    it will shoot +p loads. i got one (1980 year model) that i carry as my "bug" and it is loaded with +p+ loads. yes, i said +p+ loads. it is duty issue ammo. i shoot 148gr wad cutters at the range for practive and on q-day. i have seen some at the office shoot the +p+ in their 60/36 on q-day (50 round course) and nothing has gone bad. so, i would carry +p loads and practive with others.
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