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Old May 6, 2022, 09:14 AM   #26
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Not saying it won't work, not saying it doesn't work, just don't get why its touted as a great thing when the reality is its adequate, not trememdous...
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I bought a Governor after my dog tried to play with a water moccasin, carried it loaded with #4 shot in the woods once. Realized that a 9mm hollow point is useful against a lot more than just snakes. Haven't carried the Governor since.
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Old May 7, 2022, 09:01 PM   #27
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People still think these guns are "sawed off shotguns"- but legal.
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Old May 8, 2022, 11:21 AM   #28
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Still the 410 revolvers are being billed as awesome power in small package. One of single shot breakdown type would make somewhat useful firearm. Before 1935 Gun Laws several companies made them. Garden Guns, at garden ranges a 410 works good.
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Old May 8, 2022, 01:48 PM   #29
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I have a box of Winchester 3" .410 slugs, which says the MV is 1800fps.
I'm certain this speed is taken from the full length shotgun barrel (at least 18 and probably more like 24") and the slug is 1/4oz.

That puts the slug at approx 110gr, and typically slugs are fired at higher speed than shot, including buckshot. So what does one get from the 6" (or less) barrel of a revolver shooting the same round? 1400? 1200? less??? I don't know, don't have one for testing but if you do, please let us know what speeds your gun gives you.

a 110gr bullet at 1200fps is nothing to sneeze at, but its not the same as a .45 Colt bullet twice as heavy even if slower.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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Old May 8, 2022, 02:40 PM   #30
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There is no science or reasoning to it. It's marketing and sales, targeting people that really just plain don't know.

This is why my standard response now is to promote Apex Tungsten .410 loads. They're clearly superior, fellas are turkey hunting with subgauge loads with that stuff because Tungsten is 60% denser than lead and .. geometry and aerodynamics and momentum.

Then they waffle at $10 a shell. "Yes, but having spent all that money to shoot shot shells, you're life isn't worth an extra $60???"

And then a whole house of cards falls down, because really... if you're going to carry around all that weight, what's wrong with .45 in a properly proportioned revolver? Nothing, it's just plain better in every regards.
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Old May 8, 2022, 08:30 PM   #31
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for that matter, I don't see what's wrong with the .45 in the awkwardly proportioned Judge/Governator...

Tungsten is wonderful stuff, but expensive beyond what I consider reasonable for my shooting.

And, for what its worth, $60 (for six shots) only buys potential, NOT results. If I don't put the shot where it needs to go, (or if I think I am but the gun doesn't put it there) then its not saving my life. And, at that high cost, actual practice is, for me, prohibitively expensive.

.45 ammo is cheaper, (and I handload) and no one can convince me that is isn't going to work well enough against human targets.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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Old May 10, 2022, 05:21 PM   #32
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So what does one get from the 6" (or less) barrel of a revolver shooting the same round? 1400? 1200? less???
Out of a Judge, chronograph tests I read say velocity is just under 700 fps. Pretty poor.
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Old May 10, 2022, 09:07 PM   #33
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On a 1911 receiver but a blowback slide with large buffer spring.
Ammo was .45 ACP Shot but loaded with #4 tungsten, I forget how many.
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Old August 14, 2022, 03:40 PM   #34
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I've been reloading 410 shot shells in 444 Marlin brass shells. Will they fit and fire in a Judge? jd
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Old August 15, 2022, 04:32 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by stinkeypete View Post
Tungsten. The data is all in, the field testing done, tungsten shot is absolutely what you must carry for ammo in your Judge.

It’s 20 percent denser than lead, but that doesn’t mean it’s 20 percent better. It’s far better than that because volume is proportional to the radius of the shot CUBED, while the aerodynamics are proportional to the radius squared.

The stuff is crazy hard, too.

Tungsten 1 ounce pheasant loads go from no.4 shot lead to no. 9 shot tungsten. The number of pellets go from 84 (lead no. 4) to 362 (tungsten, no. 9) with superior penetration at 50 yards. It’s Just fisiks. It’s 4 times as deadly.

People are using their .410s as deadly Turkey guns with tungsten ammo and swear by it. No joke.

Number 2 tungsten shot? One ounce of shot is 54 pellets acting like buckshot at 50 yards.

“But Pete, it’s just a lil’ .45… I can’t shoot an ounce load!”

Okay, shoot a quarter ounce of Tungsten. That’s “only” 12 pellets of buckshot equivalence.

Anyone not using Tungsten ammo just plain doesn’t care about ammunition performance.

Now your Judge is a do-all Bear Stopping Turkey Shooting pistol you can duck hunt with. You just have to get out your credit card.
Tungsten 410 rounds are 25 bucks plus for 5 rounds!
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Old August 17, 2022, 01:38 PM   #36
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I just test fired for group 2 1/2" 410 with three .355 RBs. At ten yards two of them were almost touching and the third about a inch below the other two. I'm going by memory but I think they weighed 280 grains and 11/16 of an ounce is 300 grains. They just barely stuck up above the top of the shell so hot glue was used to keep them in.
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