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Old 07-19-2018, 09:13 PM
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Hello, everyone. I plan to soon purchase a Smith & Wesson Model 36 3" for concealed carry. Of course, I don't plan on feeding it a steady diet of +P ammunition, but I am curious as to if the gun is rated for +P ammunition. Any advice is much appreciated.
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S&W's general position is that guns with a Model number are OK for +P. Elmer Keith fired hundreds of .38-44 Heavy Duty loads in an early Chief's Special (the Model 36, before being given a number) with no ill effects, and those loads were a LOT more powerful than any +P load nowadays, closer to the .357 Magnum.

As usual, the caveat is that shooting +P excessively will cause accelerated wear, but occasional use of it won't hurt a thing.
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Thanks, friend! I appreciate the reply, and the great piece of advice.
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I wouldn't worry about it at all if you are shooting modern factory bought +P.

Note that modern +P is comparable to older non +P ammo. 38 SPL +P 40 years ago was comparable to low power 357 magnum. The 38 SPL cartridge has been watered down quite a bit over the years.
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John-I sometimes carry a newer Model 60 Pro with a three inch slab-sided barrel. I like the factory wood grips. It is chambered for .357 so +P would be fine. It has a night sight on the front. I just bought a second one, lightly used in the box from a friend for $450. I think his wife shot about 5 rounds of .357 and decided it wasnít for her. Itís a great shooter with .38 Special, is lightweight to carry and my opinion is it is a nice looking gun. And it is more accurately shot than my 2 inch, although Iím more of a sucker for blue guns. This is a utility tool for carry.....
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The steel framed older model 36 can handle +P ammo but, not a steady diet of them.
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