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    Default .38+p vs 38 Special

    Are they the same round? I get confused.
    Last edited by OneLungMcClung; April 21st, 2008 at 01:13 PM. Reason: I asked two questions in one post
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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    Have them order one for you.
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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    The +Ps are simply regular .38 Specials loaded to higher pressures, and therefore velocities than standard pressure rounds of the same bullet weight.

    If you buy a .38 revolver and want to shoot +Ps, make sure the manufacturer has approved the gun for +Ps. Guns that aren't approved can be damaged by the extra power.
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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    Yes, I am aware of the fact that there are small frame .357s, but the gun store here never carries them.
    Shop at another store.

    I have 3 smaller .357mags & like them. The S&W 340pd is the smallest/lighest .357mag revolver made. It sucks to shoot but it's great to carry. I like mine. Smith also has small steel revolvers in both .38 & .357mag.

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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    Thanks for all the responses so far. I should have edited my orginal post, which is what i am going to do.

    I really want to know about the ammo.
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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    Quote Originally Posted by OneLungMcClung View Post
    Are they the same round? I get confused.
    They are the same caliber but not the same round.

    If you shoot +P loads out of a gun not rated for the extra pressure, you could ruin it.

    My future son-in-law has a pistol not rated for +P and we shoot it all the time with normal .38s. However, he carries with +P rounds in the chambers for self defense. I would feel comfortable with that, too.

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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    38+P is just a more powerful 38 Special round. The case dimensions are the same as any 38 Spec. The +P is loaded "hotter" but not quite as hot as a 357 Mag. There is also 38+P+ which has even more power than the 38 Spec and 38 +P rounds.
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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    Quote Originally Posted by Xringshooter View Post
    38+P is just a more powerful 38 Special round. The case dimensions are the same as any 38 Spec. The +P is loaded "hotter" but not quite as hot as a 357 Mag. There is also 38+P+ which has even more power than the 38 Spec and 38 +P rounds.
    Now I'm confused? vcan not or not recommended to shot +p unless it is marked by the manufacturer? but there not as hot as a .357 mag?????
    I think it's to cold today for my brain to work

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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    Quote Originally Posted by originalsocko View Post
    Now I'm confused? vcan not or not recommended to shot +p unless it is marked by the manufacturer? but there not as hot as a .357 mag?????
    I think it's to cold today for my brain to work
    You can shoot any .38spl, +P, or +P+ in a .357mag because the .357mag is designed for even higher pressures than the .38spl, +P, or +P+.
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    Default Re: .38+p vs 38 Special

    Thank you Knight. I didn't start this thread but the more I read and ask the more informed I am getting. Thank you again

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