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    .38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED

    I'm fairly new to this forum, so if this question has been asked and answered, I'm sorry. I've done a search and couldn't find anything.

    I have a model 342 and its barrel is marked ".38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED". I'm assuming that they're concerned that the inertia produced by the recoil of this lightweight revolver, could "pull" lead projectiles from their casings. Obviously, this could result in the cylinder not being able to rotate. Is my assumption correct? Naturally, I am going to comply with S&W's recommendation, but is this a realistic concern or a "well it could feasibly happen" thing. Fortunately, there are a lot of good +P jacketed rounds out there, but my favorite .38 +P loading is the "FBI load" (158 gr. LSWCHP).

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    Re: .38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED

    I would shoot my lead reloads through it, if it were mine.
    Lead bullets over @1,000 FPS can cause lead to build up in the barrel. Some harder alloys will not lead up at that speed but ,,, S&W is trying to cover there back side. Unfortunatly, cleaning a firearm after it has been shot may be a bit much work for some shooters and I'd bet they {S&W} has seen thier share of guns returned that were filthy. If you look around in this section, you will find a bunch of threads on the subject and find most of us use a lead bullet for the most accurate load available
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    Re: .38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED

    azmick:

    Thanks for your reply. I have a case of Federal P38G, which is the nyclad coated "FBI load". This should minimize a leading problem. In any event, I'm really not too concerned with leading. I am very meticulous about my firearms, and clean them thoroughly whether they need it or not. I'm going to put in a little range time with the nyclad loads to see what happens. My primary concern was the functioning aspect.

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    Re: .38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED

    I have seen, first hand, factory cartridges that had the bullet back out of the case under recoil,,, it sucks.
    I do not think that would happen with a quality cartridge. Lead bullets are typicaly cinched in pretty well,,
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    Re: .38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED

    I have seen the bullet pull issue first hand, it can happen with the unltra light guns and lead bullets.

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    Re: .38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED

    I have heard, you should load your revolver with five/six rounds, and fire all but one. Examine the unfired round to see if the bullet has moved forward at all. If after a couple tries the bullets are still seated at the original depth, that load is save for carry purposes. If you reload, your micrometer will also tell you.
    Hope I answered appropriately, as this was my first post.
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    Re: .38 S&W SPL. +P JACKETED

    I seriously doubt your 342 weighs more than an ounce less than my 637. I have fired hundreds of +P 38 spcsl SWCs through it and it has never locked up.
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