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I am thinking of getting a 342PD for pocket carry and was wondering about loads. I think several members own these guns so it would seem to be a great place to ask. My first choice, I believe, for .38spc would be a 158gr LSWCHP +P, but S&W advises no lead +P rounds, and it seems wise to heed their advise. I am concerned about penetration, and cold weather (i.e., thick clothing) performance. The thoughts I had were a 158gr +P FMJ, 158gr +P JSP, 158gr LSWCHP std. velocity, 140 or 158gr XTP-HP, or, the newest thought, one of the Hornady XTP FP-XTPs (125/158gr) at +P. Anyway, what is everybody that has one of these things using?

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: telackey on 2001-09-19 22:55 ]</font>
 

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I would recommend the Hornady 158gr XTP-JHP. A close friend of mine has tested this load in all kinds of medium, and it's his load of choice for his S&W snubby, which is his daily carry while on duty as a narcotics officer.
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None of the 125 grain loads penetrate to even the minimum 12" standards.
 

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Even jacketed bullets jumped their crimp? I find that rather surprising.



I know handloads for defence are often frowned upon, but what about using hard cast 158gr lead bullets?

12" is not enough to me, I would prefer more like 16", expansion is a very secondary concern.

Just saw a Speer 170gr GD-SP, rather unique, but I cannot imagine it would expand at .38spc velocities (neither would the 158gr XTP-SP)

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FWIW,
My 342pd is loaded with Corbon 158gr +P+ LSWCHP.
I have run about 200 rounds with this load through my gun.
Recoil is what it is, I do not feel that it is either painful or difficult.
I will say that the most rounds I have run at one time was about 50.

I will also say that using this round is probably a bad idea and would recommend against it as it will seriously accelerate the wear on your pistol and could even cause the pistol to fail/break.
 

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I thought I might get a 442 for practice and a 342PD for carry, so the wear can be spread out over them. How about the +P+, they have not pulled out in firing? You seem, obviously, to think it suitable for carry... Is that a special order load?

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They have not pulled and have been very reliable,just be aware that they do wear on your gun and will decrease it's life quite a bit, probabaly to just a few thousand rounds.

For those that are curious, they do not expand per say, rather they flatten out into fairly sharp little squares.

I am not sure if I have taken photos of this load yet, I will post one if I have them.
 
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