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Can a rossi .38 fire p ammo?

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Check the owner's manual.

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A ".38 +P revolver" is simply a .38 Special revolver which is rated to fire +P loads. It's still a .38 Special, and the +P doesn't change the dimensions of the round itself.




If you mean +P ammo the answer is no. It is rated for standard pressure ammo only.



A pistol rated to fire .38 +P ammunition is still going to be a .38 Special pistol, and can use regular .38 Special ammunition. .357 Magnum revolvers are also capable of chambering and firing .38 Special loads - regular, +P, and +P+ included.


Contact Rossi Customer Service. Phone: (305) 474-0401


Any .38 ammo can be safly fired in a .357. +P .38 loads do not exceed .357 pressures.


You can, but, you should not. The frame is not rated for +P


Rossi Customer Service.Phone: (305) 474-0401 can tell you.


To be certain, check with Rossi Customer Service.Phone: (305) 474-0401


It's a .38 Special revolver. +P applies to the cartridge, and indicates a more powerful load than a standard round of the calibre. In this case, it would be a .38 S&W Special with a +P loading, hence .38 Special +P. You can fire regular .38 S&W Special cartridges through it. Whether or not it can fire +P or +P+ ammo, you need to read the instruction manual and find the manufacturer's information on this.


To my knowledge no .38 Special was ever rated for plus ammo. While the gun may not explode you may damage it or cause extensive wear.


Yes it can. I do not think you will exceed the .357 pressures with .38 +P.


No, and you shouldn't even use. 38 Special ammo in it, either. If it was made in the 1800s, it was probably chambered in .38 Long Colt, and that is the only ammo which is compatible with that revolver.


There is no simple answer. It will depend on the exact model and when it was made. Best to call S&W to get a correct and current answer.



Check the owner's manual. If you don't have one, take it to a gunsmith and ask for help


Contact the manufacturer for a correct answer


If you mean can you fire non plus P ammo in a gun rated for plus P, yes, you can safely do that as long as it is the correct caliber.


NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT EVEN TRY TO DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


If the pistol says 38 Super, the pistol with fire "38 Super" ammo. Most 38 Super ammo today will have +P after 38 Super. If the pistol is a modern firearm in good condition it can fire 38 Super +P rounds. However, if you pistol is 25+ years old, I suggest you having a competent Gunsmith examine the pistol to determine if it can safely fire modern "38 Super +P" ammo. (A little bit about the history of the 38 semi-auto round is below) Around the turn of the 19/20th century, Colt developed a semi auto pistol that chambered a round called the 38 ACP, (Automatic Colt Pistol). When the US Army was looking to adopt a semi auto pistol in 1910 it rejected Colt's 38 ACP. the round lacked the knock down power, but accepted Colt's 45 ACP with an improved pistol that was adopted in 1911 as the Model 1911 pistol. Colt improved it's 38 ACP in the 1920's by increasing it's pressures and chambered it's model 1911 for this round, naming it the Colt 38 Super Automatic. (The famous Tommy Gun was also chambered for the 38 Super for a short time too). Under no circumstances should pistols chambered for the old 38 ACP be fired with 38 Super ammo! Although the rounds are physically identical, they are not interchangable. the 38 Super Automatic is much more powerful. If the pistol does not specifically say 38 Super, it should not be fired with modern 38 Super ammo. If your pistol says 38 ACP, you must find ammo that is specificly made for this antique firearm, which is hard to find. If you are a skilled handloader, you can load rounds for the 38 ACP using data from reliable handloading manufacturers. Note that a standard .38 auto pistol should NOT be subjected to the increased pressures of Super .38 +P ammo.


No. You can fire .38 Special (and .38 Special +P) in any .357 Magnum firearm, not .38 Auto. Do not attempt the reverse (firing .357 Magnum in a .38 Special firearm); the results will be disastrous. The .38 Auto does not have a rim large enough to hold it in a revolver's chamber, and the bullet is most likely not the correct diameter.


.357 Magnum and .38 Special (to include +P and +P+ loadings).



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