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Old 04-27-2018, 05:40 PM
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My 60 no dash has a serial # which indicates 1980 build. I assumed that a stainless .38 special built at that time is +P rated , but why assume?

Can someone clarify this issue for me?

While I am at it , I also have a 3" 60-2. Is that +P rated?
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Old 04-27-2018, 06:16 PM
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The factory did not "approve" +P use in a 2" barrel model 60 until the -7. It will not cause major damage to a 60 (or -2) but unless you have a compelling reason for heavy use, most would use it only to verify function and zero and practice with standard pressure loads. Easier on the wallet that way too .
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As to pocketbook , the ammo shown in the image has gone on sale a couple of times ; I am sitting on 600 rounds of this stuff. Why the image is rotated , I do not know.
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S&W Customer Service recently told me via an e-mail exchange to check the caliber designation on the barrel. If it says +P, then the gun is rated/built for regular +p use.
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Old 04-27-2018, 07:10 PM
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First off , I hope that I am in the correct forum category...

My 60 no dash has a serial # which indicates 1980 build. I assumed that a stainless .38 special built at that time is +P rated , but why assume?

Can someone clarify this issue for me?

While I am at it , I also have a 3" 60-2. Is that +P rated?
Response #5 adequately answers your question. However, this topic comes up frequently, probably every month at least. If you're interested, do a search. You'll likely find lots of information, good and bad.
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Old 04-27-2018, 07:30 PM
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You can safely shoot any commercially manufactured ammo in your M60ís.

Unless youíre independently wealthy or have a federal grant and are a bit of a macochist, youíre unlikely to shoot enough +p ammo in anything to worry about.
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S&W Customer Service recently told me via an e-mail exchange to check the caliber designation on the barrel. If it says +P, then the gun is rated/built for regular +p use.
I picked up a 342-1 recently and the barrel states .38 S&W Spl. Nothing about +P on the revolver at all.

I have a 342 non dash already and that one has +P Jacketed on the barrel shroud.

I found it puzzling that a later 342 would not be +P rated also, so a quick email to S&W cleared it up and they replied in a couple of days confirming that all the 342's were rated for +P use.

The factory is another good source for info as well.
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S&W Customer Service recently told me via an e-mail exchange to check the caliber designation on the barrel. If it says +P, then the gun is rated/built for regular +p use.
I was told the same thing by S&W several years ago when I asked about my Model 60 no dash below.

If I remember correctly, he said it had something to do with the heat treatment they used back then on these little revolvers.

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I was told the same thing by S&W several years ago when I asked about my Model 60 no dash below.

If I remember correctly, he said it had something to do with the heat treatment they used back then on these little revolvers.

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That is a very nice looking 60 you've got there.
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The factory told me that my M-60-4 is made for Plus P , although not marked as such.

It is VERY accurate with Plus P, especially CCI/Speer's 125 and 135 grain Short Barrel loads. I use them as needed, practicing with std. velocity ammo. No problems.

Heavy use of Plus P will loosen guns sooner than need be. But how often do you shoot at wild animals or men? Or dangerous dogs or snakes? Plus P is NOT intended to be casual "range ammo."

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