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Can You shoot +P's in a Colt Det.Spl.?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by acerman, Jul 16, 2003.

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  1. acerman

    acerman Member

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    Just wondered, if its recommended to shoot .38+p's in a Colt Detective

    Special? Anyone had any experience or knows what Colt recommends?
     
  2. tbeb

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    Is your's a newer one that has the shrouded ejector rod? If it is then I would say a limited number is okay. I believe the latest Colt Cobra, which is a lightweight version of the Detective Special, can handle around 1000 +P's.
     
  3. dfariswheel

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    The post-1972 shrouded barrel Colt Dick Specials were factory rated for 3000 rounds of +P ammo.

    After 3000 rounds they needed to be returned to the factory for inspection, and possible frame replacement.

    The aluminum post-72 Cobra was rated for 1500 rounds.

    Pre-72 "D" frame Colts were NOT rated for any +P ammo.
     
  4. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    Per the factory manual, 3rd generation guns can handle +p, but with accelerated wear. There is no 'round count' in the manual.

    You'll find many "+p" loads are a few fps higher than standard, find a good heavy std pressure load your Colt likes and stick with it.

    A std pressure 158swchp is hard to beat for penetration and expansion in a snubby.
     
  5. dfariswheel

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    "There is no 'round count' in the manual."

    There was in some manuals. In some manuals there was a separate page with the info on the 3000 DS and 1500 Cobra +P usage, along with the provision that the guns would need a visit to the factory for inspection and possible frame replacement.

    Early post-72 manuals didn't have this info, and late production manuals didn't have it.
    I never really paid any attention to just when that page appeared and then disappeared.
     
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    Personally, I don't fire +Ps in my Detective Special: Colt doesn't still make the gun, and finding a good replacement at a reasonable price isn't easy.
     
  7. Paul "Fitz" Jones

    Paul "Fitz" Jones Moderator - Emeritus

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    Why loosen up an adaquate short range self defense weapon?. I have handled hundreds as I was the main aftermarket grip maker for them.

    If you want something more powerful let your spouse have it under her pillow and get a bigger caliber for yourself.

    Paul Jones
    Fitz Pistol grip Co
    1924-1979
     
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