I have been thinking about buying a Taurus Raging Judge Magnum when I get back. I like to walk some of the KP trails in the fall with my labs. I have been carrying a shotgun for bird hunting/bear defense. I saw the new Judge Magnum is chambered in 3inch 410/ .454. That sounds like the perfect light weight gun for shooting grouse on the trails and being powerful enough for bear defense. It would be a lot easier to be able to carry a pistol instead of a shotgun. (I am not trying to start a adequate stopping power for bear defense debate. I personally prefer a rifle for bears but I am talking about a pistol that can take grouse/ptarmigan at close to medium range (15 yards max) and stop bears if need be. Please don't start that debate.)
Does anyone on this forum own one or better yet have used one to shoot birds? I am looking at what kind of range I can expect to be able to shoot a 3inch #6 load and kill a grouse or ptarmigan. What do you guys think? Thanks for any help.