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Old January 30, 2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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S&W 442 Question....

I just purchase a S&W 442, its sweet, I have been looking for an older one for quite some time. It doesn't have the locking mechanism. So I was so excited, I bought the gun and when I got home, I started to look over my find. I noticed that on the barrel it say's (.38 Special) my question is can I shoot .38 Special +P rounds? I thought that all 442's were the same? It is marked 442 under the serial number behing the cylinder.

Thanks for any info on this...
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Old January 30, 2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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Yes you can shoot +p.

Congrats on the 442.
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Old January 30, 2011, 11:54 PM   #3
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Although you could still use +P as a carry load I would shoot regular .38 much more often.
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Old January 31, 2011, 12:22 PM   #4
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S&W's 42, 042, and 442 no-dash were not rated for +P. The 442-1 (no lock) and 442-2 (with lock) are rated for +P.
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Old January 31, 2011, 05:17 PM   #5
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try the 110 gr corbon dpx+p....
the lite bullet helps with recoil
yet plenty of performance.
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Old January 31, 2011, 11:48 PM   #6
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I just bought a 442-2 and it's rated for +P. A friend has a straight 442 no dash and it is .38 Special only.
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