Thinking of buying a Judge.

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      Thinking of buying a Judge.

      (a Taurus 45-410 Judge - Not a real Judge as I'm not in the Mafia)
      Have any of you ever used/owned/fired one? Thinking about one for home defense/under the couch type thing. Also, it says that you can also use .45 LC ammo on top of .410. Can you alternate them in the cylinders without hurting the gun/yourself.

      Any input would be great.
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      Kenn

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      I have never fired one off but I have looked one over. To me it's just a big heavey fancy gun. The 410 shot shot shell is not the best man stopper. The .45C is a great round but you are dealing with a big akward gun in a fast moving situation that you have to bring under control in a hurry. I could tell it wasn't for me. Good luck if you do get it.

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      Thumbs up Judge

      I bought one last summer and keep it near the bed. My theory is that the .410 will give me enough time to get my wits about me, and then follow up with 45lc hollowpoints. Sure, it's big, heavy and ugly, but it sure is a hoot to shoot. Mine is a 3" brl chambered for 2 1/2" shells. After the Shot Show ( in Feb) Taurus is supposed to be coming out with a "Judge Magnum", chambered for 3" shells. I've got one on order, but it will be a while. But overall, I'm pleased with the one I have.

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      Quote Originally Posted by purple72 View Post
      I bought one last summer and keep it near the bed. My theory is that the .410 will give me enough time to get my wits about me, and then follow up with 45lc hollowpoints. Sure, it's big, heavy and ugly, but it sure is a hoot to shoot. Mine is a 3" brl chambered for 2 1/2" shells. After the Shot Show ( in Feb) Taurus is supposed to be coming out with a "Judge Magnum", chambered for 3" shells. I've got one on order, but it will be a while. But overall, I'm pleased with the one I have.
      I agree. I wouldn't have it as my only handgun, but everytime I use it at the range, someone always asks about it. It rests on the night stand.

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      Slugs?

      "The 410 shot shot shell is not the best man stopper."

      What if I loaded it with .410 slugs? or buckshot?

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      I like the concept for short range pest control, where its not worth getting the rifle out for. I'm not real sure of it's self defense capabilities

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      I have a 45-410 "The Judge" UltraLight with a 4" brl

      I've shot many rounds of .45LC, 2.5" #4 and 000 buck shot. The UltrLight is titanium and weighs 26.6 ounces unloaded. Remember the shot shells are for close up use, like in a car. I sure wouldn't want a face full of shot from it.

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      look at this and see what you think

      here is an interesting review on the "Judge"

      http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot41.htm

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