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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-01-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Taurus Judge

Can anyone tell me anything about the Taurus Judge, do you like them?, how do they shoot?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-01-2011, 09:07 PM
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Re: Taurus Judge

I had a judge with a 6" barrell that i had purchased with the intent of using it for rrabbit hunting. I shot the gun and it felt great very little recoil smooth gun and felt good however the pattern stinks. I shot federal, winchester and remington .410 ammo and the farthest i felt comfortable shooting at a rabbit was about 6 yards. After that the pattern was so wide spread it was pointless. I even tried 6,7.5 and 8 shot. Nothing seemed to work. I dropped the gun as quick as possible

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my cousin just bought the "public defender" this week. i really like it, looks and function wise.

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Re: Taurus Judge

They were not made for hunting, they were made as a self defense weapon. The new one with a shoulder stock won't be worth 2 cents as a hunting gun either, it is no more than a novelty.



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Re: Taurus Judge

I own one of the 4" models for defense. IT ISN'T MADE FOR HUNTING. You could use it for a defense against snakes with the 410 or bear with the 45. The reason the pattern is wide is that the rifled barrel spreads out the shot for close range performance. For what it was made for you can't beat it.

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Re: Taurus Judge

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I own one of the 4" models for defense. IT ISN'T MADE FOR HUNTING. You could use it for a defense against snakes with the 410 or bear with the 45. The reason the pattern is wide is that the rifled barrel spreads out the shot for close range performance. For what it was made for you can't beat it.
I just recently where someone is making a special shotgun load for the judges rifled barrel. I believe they are actually using flattend shot, rather than round, having found it patterns fairly well out of a rifled barrel. Can't remember where I read it though.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-24-2011, 08:50 PM
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Federal Premium has a Self defense load that has shot and cylindrical "plates" in it,perhaps thats what your thinking of,my dad carries his for rabbits when were hunting in the pines a lot of the time they come out at your feet...literally

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Federal Premium has a Self defense load that has shot and cylindrical "plates" in it,perhaps thats what your thinking of,my dad carries his for rabbits when were hunting in the pines a lot of the time they come out at your feet...literally
So he is using a .45 caliber handgun in PA where one is restricted to "shotguns", .22 rimfires or less, and guns upto ".23 caliber"(depending on overlapping season)?

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 08:46 PM
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I'm not that fond of the Judge's. When they first came out I thought they would be pretty sweet but after shooting them on a couple of ocassions I became less impressed. The more I've shot them the more they seemed like a gimmick to sell a handgun.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 09:44 PM
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Re: Taurus Judge

And word that I've seen since the SHOT show started, is that ATF has pulled the plug on the new Judge in 28ga.

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