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TJS
02-26-2012, 13:36
Hey Mas,
I cannot find Gold Dot 135gr. 38 special +P anywhere for my S&W 642. Would their 125 gr +P work as well? Many thanks,
TJ

Mas Ayoob
02-26-2012, 20:45
TJS, I do feel you'd be better off with the 135 grain +P Gold Dot .38 Special. Unlike the 125, it was expressly designed for optimum function in the 2" barrel format of most of today's .38s that are actually carried for self-defense. It turns out to work well in 4" barrels too. LOTS of shootings with it -- NYPD, for example, and Chicago PD, where last I knew it was the issue load for backup and off-duty .38 snubs -- have proven the 135 grain to be an absolutely top choice for that type of caliber.

If you have trouble finding it, I can tell you that my friends and colleagues at the ProArms Gun Shop make a point of keeping it in stock, and they have a UPS shipping station on premises. You can order at (386) 364-GUNS.

best,
Mas

TJS
02-27-2012, 10:27
fantastic! I do have an old box of the 135+P gold dot, but box does not say "Short Barrel" on it....is it the same as the new kind with "Short Barrel" printed on side tab of box?

Mas Ayoob
02-27-2012, 12:06
Should be. Ernest Durham at ATK designed the 135 grain .38 Special especially for snubs, though it seems to work well also in 4" guns.

best,
Mas