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Old 10-17-2020, 11:48 AM
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Just purchased snub nose 442 and since ammo is in short supply had to fill this gun with something. Nonetheless got some Underwood Xtreme Defender 100gr. Has anyone had experience with this one or grain? Thanks
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:01 PM
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...you gotta use what you can get. Hot ammo won't 'damage' a well made air weight just used for SD, but steady use will wear it out much faster. I'd shoot a few rounds for familiarization and practice with with standard ammo, whatever you can find.
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Underwood ammo is usually a full load or even more, like a +P
and can be even more.................... !!

Prepare for the worst and hope that it might be doable.

At least you have ammo.

Good luck finding some low recoil practice ammo.
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wear a shooting glove..lol
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The air weights can handle +P rinds. Long steady diet of it is probably a problem. Your hands will break before the gun though.38 Airweight J Frame Ammo38 Airweight J Frame Ammo38 Airweight J Frame Ammo


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Haven't tried that round. Normally not a fun of lightweight bullets like those, even at +P velocity, but as was said, nowadays you have to do the best you can with what you can get.

Fire enough to make sure you can handle the recoil and that you can consistently hit your target. I might also suggest checking for bullet pull. Normally, it'd only be an issue in the scandium snubs with certain loads, but with a lightweight, high velocity round, I might be a little concerned. Simplest way to check would be to load 5 rounds, fire 4, and check the fifth round to see if the bullet shows any signs of being pulled. You can compare it to an unfired round. Probably won't be an issue, but might be worth the trouble just to make sure.

I'll echo the advice to seek out as much standard pressure practice ammo as you can get. 148gr target wadcutters would be good, as not only is it a low recoil practice round, it can also serve as a low recoil defensive round. I'd probably use WC before I'd use a lightweight JHP as a defensive round.

Just my opinion.
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I've started doing that at the range. In a SD situation i'm extremely unlikely to shoot 50 rounds through my 642, but routinely do that at the range.

I use weight lifter gloves as they also provide wrist support and a have open finger tips.

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148 fr wadcutters, relatively low recoil, accurate, few rounds of that in center mass will discourage bad behavior.
Used to chuckle at 'ammo hoarders'...now,looking at the dozen boxes of odds and ends that represents my complete stash, color me lesson learned
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It's a lesson I learned in one of the previous ammo panics. That's why I was buying ammo on a regular basis up until late spring. Once the riots started, ammo flew off of shelves.

I see some people are selling "extra" ammunition at very high prices. I could do that, but I'm concerned that people in the ammunition industry think that it will be this time next year before ammunition stocks are back to the old levels.

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I have the performance center 442 it is a fantastic snub it is rated for +p I use speer 130 gr. hollowpoints they are made to get full H.P. out of short barrel. I do not have chrono but they spin steel around about twice as hard as 158 F.M.J. factory ammo. I also roll my own they really perform in that revolver. It is a great carry option.
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I guess I am puzzled by OP and not finding 38 spc ammo. Yes, it is short, but you can go on ammoseek and find some quite easily. Yes, you will pay a lot, but heck, once you get 2 boxes you are set for quite some time. I would rather do that than stress my new gun with some unheard of +P+ ammo.
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I had a 442 at one point, it wasn't the recoil that bothered all that much but the fact that I couldn't hit anywhere close to point of aim with it. It became such little fun that I never shot it and subsequently sold it. I hope your experience is much better as it was very comfortable, concealable, and attractive.
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2 points of wisdom right there. I know some really savvy folks who carry that load in snubbies. In the real light ones, it's a very good idea.
Some folks need more ammo than others, for lots of reasons. The smart answer, IMHO, is to buy quality ammo in case lots every time you see a decent price. I'm in decent shape as a result, with at least a few hundred rounds for each caliber I own. I recall a couple years ago getting a lot of guff from someone here about buying 600 rounds of .44 Special Blazer Gold Dot; he wondered explicitly why I would need so much. 600 rounds of one caliber is a small to modest amount.
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