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Hello Gunnies,

I've owned a Charter Arms Undercover for 25 or so years. I don't remember exactly when I purchased it.

Anyway Charter Arms Corp, Bridgeport Conn is etched on one side of the barrel; 38 Spc on the other side. +P is not mentioned.

I've shot this lightweight very little, and have never used .38 +P...... So here's my question can I safely fire +P ammo...... on a limited basis.

Thanks:wave:
 

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This is a cut and paste from Carter Arms web site. I would go there and see what all you can find. Might even be able to download a manual.

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.
 

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This is a cut and paste from Carter Arms web site. I would go there and see what all you can find. Might even be able to download a manual.

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.
Powder burning after leaving the barrel does not increase recoil. It's the pressure of the expanding gas leaving the barrel that causes recoil. It does make a tremndous flash though.
 

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Powder burning after leaving the barrel does not increase recoil. It's the pressure of the expanding gas leaving the barrel that causes recoil. It does make a tremndous flash though.
I didn't say I agreed with the information from Charter Arms web site. I did not want to inject my opinions. There was quite a bit I disagreed with about thier enire answer, but it was the manufactures answer so I just let it be.
 

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Don't waste your money on +p ammunition in short barrels. It is a well-placed shot and penetration that make the bullet carry out their designated tasks.
 
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