Are S&W 2" Model 60s capable of handling +P ammo in defense situations and minimal practice situations; normal loads being used for regular practice? The guns in question are about 20-30 years old and have not been "over used."
I agree with Mr. Steve sir. For many years my office was issuing an assortment of J frames as back-up handguns. Some were older than I am, which is a statement, lol, well past the time frame you mentioned. We used the issued Federal 129+P HS as both our carry and practice/qual round. I never saw any problems with these weapons, besides one finally wearing out from old age. You are talking about limited usage, and we were using them steadily. So I personally do not see a problem for what you want to do.
I shoot my 60 regularly with +P reloads and Winchester 158 SWCHP +P, though mine is newer than the ones you're discussing.
While recent S&W in-box literature does warn against +P ammo in pre model number K frames, virtually all of the J series are safe with the heavier loadings, though I might recommend limited use in the older guns.
I never had a problem with any J and factory +P ammo, but in the end it's a personal decision that's yours to make. I simply don't have a problem with the idea, especially in an all steel gun.
Thanks, gentlemen, for the replies. Those old 60s are fine pieces and easy to carry. I've been stoking them with the +P ammo but wasn't sure although I had no reservation about using the +P if the necessity arose. Again, thanks for the input!
Well sir, all I can say Mr. LelandRay is "ouch". Yes sir I do remember that one sir. But hey it does make me grin to realize while I am in a generation ahead of you, there are some other dinosaurs who can understand me at times too, lol.
You and several others folks do have a way of jogging some memories for me, which I do appreciate.