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    Default Taurus Judge

    Was looking at one of these in stainless and wonderewd if anyone has purchased one yet. It is a 45 and .410 revolver.

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    I was looking at one as maybe a bear protection/ camp meat gun but was curious as to how well the 410 patterned and how accurate the 45 was. I'm not willing to fork out that kind of $$ if I can't hit nothin' with it!!!

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    Here's a related thread on the subject.

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    As the thread HuntAk linked to pointed out, the Judge is not a tight patterning .410. TC and Magnum Research both have .45/.410 guns, but they supply a screw-in choke with their guns. I'm surprised Taurus didn't, it's not like the .45/.410 is a new idea.

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    Default I've seen 'em shot...

    Fella and his kid had their brand new ones out to the sand pit awhile back, and the pieces were reasonably accurate and manageable with .45 Colt, but at any distance, the .410 shells gave patterns that resembled a donut....if you could figure in enough lead to put the bird in the edge of that pattern, you'd consistently kill 'em.
    Seems to me that the way to go would to make a smoothbore that'd shoot lead .45 bullets credibly rather than trying to make a shotgun shell work in a rifled barrel, but who am I?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darreld Walton View Post
    Seems to me that the way to go would to make a smoothbore that'd shoot lead .45 bullets credibly rather than trying to make a shotgun shell work in a rifled barrel, but who am I?
    I believe the original Marble Game Getter was a smoothbore that had some rifling near the end of the barrel, BUT I think there is some weird National Firearms Act section that makes smoothbore pistols a no-no.

    Of course, nobody's explained to me why if you can't own a rifle over .50, you can own a rifled shotgun-.72 caliber.

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    Of course, nobody's explained to me why if you can't own a rifle over .50, you can own a rifled shotgun-.72 caliber.

    LOL and SSHHH! Don't ask....

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    Default Shotshells' donut patterns

    I seem to recall that Thompson-Contenter had a 45 (Long) Colt/410 Shotgun chambered (rifled) barrel that had a "choke" on the end of it that would stop the rotation. The "choke" had "rifling" that was VERY deep, almost like splines.

    I never actually saw one, but saw pictures and read a magazine article about it. Or has my memory completely gone bonkers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darreld Walton View Post
    Fella and his kid had their brand new ones out to the sand pit awhile back, and the pieces were reasonably accurate and manageable with .45 Colt, but at any distance, the .410 shells gave patterns that resembled a donut....if you could figure in enough lead to put the bird in the edge of that pattern, you'd consistently kill 'em.
    Seems to me that the way to go would to make a smoothbore that'd shoot lead .45 bullets credibly rather than trying to make a shotgun shell work in a rifled barrel, but who am I?

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    I watched my gunsmith put a screw in choke into a Judge (not mine). It had about a half inch of rifling left in the barrel and that is enough to keep it legal.

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