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which ammo is safe to use in taurus ULTRA-LITE TITANIUM MODEL 85 .38 SPL. REVOLVER?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by zeeshan, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. zeeshan

    zeeshan Member

    i have heard that lead bullets are not recommended in titanium revolvers. i have purchased Taurus ULTRA-LITE TITANIUM MODEL 85 .38 SPL REVOLVER(model = 85 MULTI). .
    i am confused that, is it safe to use semi jacketed hollow point rounds in this gun?

    BADUNAME37 Well-Known Member

    First thing I would check is the owner's manual.
    If you don't have a copy of that, you can most likely download it off the manufacturer's web site.
  3. zeeshan

    zeeshan Member

    it says dont use lead bullets but i cant find JHP and only available are SJHP!
    what should i do?
  4. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    JHP and SJHP are the same thing! Seriously!
  5. salthouse

    salthouse Well-Known Member

    I think the manual recommends not using lead for +P due to light crimping of lead bullets. (may unseat and move forward causing the cylinder not to rotate) For normal 38spl ammo, lead appears to be fine. Jacketed +P is recommended.
  6. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    Semi-jacketed are that way so that the nose area is softer and hence it starts to collapse at lower speeds than a fully jacketed slug. The part of the SJHP slug that touches the gun is jacketed, so there's no problem there - the gun can't tell the difference between full jacket and semi.

    BUT: most SJHP designs are out-dated, esp. in 38. It turns out it's better to go full jacket and run a big hollowpoint cavity in 38Spl. Winchester pioneered this with the 130gr "Supreme" 38+P and then Speer took the concept to it's ultimate in their 135gr 38+P Gold Dot. If you can't shoot plain lead 158gr hollowpoints then the Speer 135 is the ultimate. If you can't find that, the Winchester 130 ain't bad or the Speer 125gr Gold Dot "big cavity design" in 38+P. These beat ALL 38Spl or 38+P SJHP designs.

    Sidenote: the only SJHP rounds that still get respect are in higher-speed calibers like the 357. They're still considered "old school" but I was excited to score a 50-box of the Remington 125gr classic 357 SJHP a few days ago. They may be stone-axe primitive but doing well over 1,400fps they work REAL well (and have a good record for expansion).
  7. green country shooter

    green country shooter Well-Known Member

    Any non +p round is fine. Even a few +ps won't hurt anything, but they sure are hard to control out of my 12 ounces Taurus. I have carried Remington 110 SJHP and several others. Many old timers recommend a 158 grain flat pointed semi wadcutter with a soft lead bullet.

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