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07-30-2010, 19:08
I have a Smith model 60 that I bought new in the early 1980's. I want to know if it is okay to carry +P loads like the Speer 135gr short barrel load in it, or is the Federal Nyclad standard pressure load better for the gun? Thanks in advance. Steve

Mas Ayoob
07-30-2010, 19:55
My personal experience and the collective experience have both been that all-steel S&W J-frame .38 Specials, including the all stainless guns such as your Model 60, are safe to shoot with +P. NYPD tested the available guns way back when with 5000 rounds, 2500 standard pressure and 2500 +P, and found no ill effects with them. LAPD and LASD authorize the Model 60 for backup and off duty carry with their issue +P. So does Chicago PD. All these agencies have issued +P for their officers carrying Model 60s.

The hammering of hotter loads pounds revolvers out of time sooner than standard loads, of course, but a reasonable amount of regular qualification and practice doesn't seem to harm them. I for one wouldn't worry about it.


07-30-2010, 23:43
Thank You Mas. I will carry the Speer 135 gr in the 60.