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I am awaiting the arrival of a new to me S&W 442. This is 442-1 in satin nickel. It left the factory in October 1995. It does not have the pin by the firing pin and it has the newer, larger yoke screw. Everything I have read says "if it is a 442-1 you can shoot +P's in it". A 25 year employee of S&W in customer service says "it left the factory in October 1995 and not 1996 so you should not shoot +P's in it". Does anybody know for absolutely certain, without doubt one way or the other? Thanks
If S&W says no +P, I would go with it.
Couple of options I like: Federal 125 gr Nyclad HP and Fiocchi 125 gr JHP. Both are standard .38 Special loads and both seem to shoot well in my Airweights.
You might want to try the Hornady Critical Defense standard pressure. (It also comes in a +P variety.) I have not tested it much yet, but manageable recoil and good accuracy thus far.
Your 442-1 should be up to the +P but I've seen this before were the factory didn't offer them +P rated until a bit later, I think they radiused the cylinder opening on the later ones..
I use the Federal Nyclads 125gr HPs in my 642 No Dash & it's a great round with little flash & recoil & very accurate.. This same snub I've fit a 940-1 cylinder too & use the 125gr Nyclads in 9mm threw it for carry as well..
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