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+p in snubbies

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by n47587, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. n47587

    n47587 creswell Member

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    I have had this discussion with some friends of mine and wondered what you all thought on the matter. I have never been a big believer in +p ammo in my snubbie .38. I do not think that the extra "poop" behind the bullet would be of any benifit for such a short barrel (2"). Range test in my Smith has showed a considerable drop in accuracy if I feed her +p over a smaller load. What cha all think?
  2. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Get a chronograph and test it out is the best way to settle those arguments. :D
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    If it isn't burning the extra powder in the barrel, it isn't gaining any velocity.
  4. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr +P is definitely worth it.
  5. NoOne

    NoOne Puget Sound Active Member

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    The short barrel doesn't have a fair chance to burn the extra powder. My guess is that you will get a wee bit more velocity, but a whole bunch more muzzle flash. That being the case, I wonder which round would be better in a gunfight...one with a little more power (very little more) and that will possibly damage your night vision, or the round with 98% of the power that won't bother your night vision?

    Of course, more velocity means more power, but some times I wonder if it is worth the expense. As you said, you loose accuracy too...

    Then there is the whole argument over practicing with what you will carry, and with a lightweight snubby (you didn't say your's was though) you would be considerably reducing the useable lifespan of the neat little revolver.

    I would probably go for a heavier bullet rather than more velocity and muzzle flash.