These ammo picks are favored choices by those who own the Taurus Judge. For the most part the .410 shells are not your best self-defense options if you are looking for a terminal load, although the #000 options can be quite damaging (as can the others in close range).
The Judge models are five-shot revolvers with a lengthened cylinder to accept standard. 410-bore shotgun shells. Judge revolvers will shoot birdshot, buckshot or slugs depending upon the shooter’s needs. The same revolvers will chamber and shoot.
The next thing we asked ourselves was: what are the pros and cons of a Taurus Judge 410 revolver?
3 Numerous models available. 4 Reliable and powerful. 5 Decent front sight. 6 Reasonably priced. 7 Best for close-quarter self-defense.
What size shell does a Taurus Judge shoot?
Shotgun shells are either filled with birdshot as a 2.5 inch size with various weights, or most buckshot as a 3 inch shell. Most Taurus Judges handle a variety of 2.5 inch shells, but as mentioned, the 6.5 inch barrel model does have 3 inch shell capabilities..45 Colt Particulars.
What kind of barrel does a Taurus Raging Judge have?
These revolvers are based on the Taurus Model 85 frame. They come with a three-inch ported barrel, a Picatinny rail, and were actually made for concealed carry. Plus, there is a polymer option in this series. 2010 brought on the Raging Judge! This is a gun that can chamber .454 Casull as well as .45 Colt and three-inch .410 shotshells .
Well, there have been more requests for a candid Judge review lately than for most revolvers, so here we go. The tested article is the three inch stainless steel “magnum” version of the Taurus 5 shot .45 Colt revolver which offers the novelty of being able to chamber and shoot three inch unfolded length .410 bore shot shells as well.
Why would a judge buy a 410 shotgun shell?
Judges were buying this gun because the .410 shotgun shell offered less chance of over-penetration in the courtroom than standard revolver cartridges, including the .45 Colt. Taurus sent me a 3-inch barreled M4510 stainless steel Judge with 3-inch chambers to evaluate.
Will 410 slugs fit in a 45 caliber pistol?
While 410 slugs will fit, they won’t shoot well because the gun is chambered in 45. As far as “special” ammo goes, Federal makes 410 000 buck rounds for pistols that goes for about $0.70 a round. If you want to take it to the range and work on your marksmanship, I’d recommend getting any flavor of 45 LC.
One query we ran across in our research was “Can I shoot any 410 for close range?”.
The bottom line is, yes you can shoot any 410 that fits. But I know there is always a but… For close range varmint control any 410 will work. But do not expect any kind of good pattern with bird shot beyond 15 feet. The rifling in the Judge barrel spreads the shot big time.