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older 640

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by griz1, Mar 27, 2010.

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  1. griz1

    griz1 Member

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    I have a older all stainless S&W 640 in 38 spc only. It weight about 19 oz and is a pleasure to shoot. I'm away from my guns now but I know it isn;t stamped +P. Would you shoot +P in this gun or check with S&W? Thanks and if anyone has pictures of these older 640's I would love to see them.
     
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    I would shoot standard ammo for extended practice shooting, and carry +P.

    A limited amount of +P will not hurt it.

    It is not +P rated because there was no +P rating back then.
    There were hotter factory loads then todays +P though.

    rc
     
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    I think RC is thinking of the older Centennials models, Model 40. Not to disagree with him but with your 640 Centennial was made with +P in mind. It was manufactured after +P was around (1990ish I believe) and in common use. I have been carrying my 640 no dash for 18 years daily. It gets shot with +P and only +P. Round count well into the thousands. It will hold up and hold up well. Bill
     
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  4. GRIZ22

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    I know it isn;t stamped +P.

    Well Griz, once upon a time no guns were stamped +P.

    AFAIK the stainless 640 was introduced in the 90s. A friend had one in 38. All he shot was +P.

    To be sure call or email S&W Customer Service with the serial number handy and they will tell you. If they say no I'd go with rcmodel's advice.
     
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    The M640 was released long after +P came on the market. I'm sure S&W well tell you it's safe to use +P's on a limited basis. Call them and confirm it.
     
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