View Full Version : Older S&W Model 60 durability

05-24-2005, 2:46 PM
Curious about the durability of an older Smith and Wesson Model 60, sub nosed, and chambered for .38, NOT .357.

I like to shoot a lot and I've heard everywhere from these are tough and last forever to it's relatively easy to shoot them loose.

Anyone here have experience?

Thanks all

05-24-2005, 5:24 PM
Model 60s don't handle extensive diets of hot loads very well. The older ones are not rated for +P, and even the newer .357 ones are not as sturdy under full power loads. I saw a nice looking used one the other day that I wanted to buy at first sight, but it was loose as a goose, so I left it.

Try searching over at www.smith-wessonforum.com, (http://www.smith-wessonforum.com,) where they discuss this fairly regularly. The general recommendation there is to feed the older .38 models regular loads, and to minimize the amount of .357 fed through the newer ones.

I've been looking around at model 36s and 60s recently, and it's not uncommon to find loose ones.

05-24-2005, 6:38 PM
I shoot +P+ out of my 40 year old M36 (same gun in blue). Still tight http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (a little play when the gun is in full lock up is normal for Smiths and Rugers. Colts should not have any)

Thing is, it's not something you'll want to do often because it's unpleasant. So the gun lasts.

Smiths really are not the fragile guns that internet tales have portrayed them to be. The average guy who will shoot maybe a box of factory ammo a month out of a 36 or a 60 will find that they last a long, long time.