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I always liked the Judge,,,now im thinking of buying one..I like the blued finish and I have a choice of 2,3,4" barrels...Figured it would be a nice 2nd home defense ????
I have a S&W 357 686 mag that I like too but the Judge would be more of like a novety :)

Any of you guys have one ?? Is the 45 colt ammo easy to come by ?
 

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great for home defense. there are a few discussion threads on this already if you want to use the forum search and see what others have said.
 

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that depends on what you use in it. If you have a 3 inch chamber and use golden bear #4 buck shells. you'll have a great pattern and plenty of penetration.
 

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so you would opt for the 3" mag over the 2-1/2" ?
Do they make that in a blued finish ?
What barrel length would be best for hd ?
Also this, it says it fires .45 long colt...I dont see ammo that says "long colt" is it just non auto .45 ?
Thank you

I did read the other threads on it and it sounds like mixed reviews
 

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I fired my friends that was a snubby model with 000 buck and was very impressed with the patterns at 7 yards...I would not discount that pistol for SD.
 

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you want to look for 45 colt on the box.
mine is 3 inch barrel 3 inch chamber in blue, they also make stainless.

I like the magnum or 3inch chamber because you can shoot any and all 410 shells. but it limits you on carry on your person because of the extra size.

at 15 yards I was getting a circle of about 2 feet of shot pattern with the golden bear ammo.
 

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I can get the 3" mag 3" barrell for 520.00 bnib. Good ???

Also is the .45 colt easy to come by ??

So the 2" 2-1/2" chamber would not be desireable ??
 

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I paid $475 for mine in blue, but that was a couple years ago now. If that is stainless it is a real good buy. 45 colt is usually available online if you can't find it locally.

the 2.5 2inch is better if you plan on carrying it some. but you will not be able to shoot 3 inch shells.
 

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ok how about the Smith Gov ??? I can buy that in a 3" barrel for 600.00
And the Taurus 3" 2-1/2" chamber for 450.00
 

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personally.. if you like 45colt. get a real 45lc firearm.

if you like a shotgun.. get a tactical HD gun.

while i like my circuit judge carbine.. I do not liek the feel of a regular judge. my mom has one.

it has all the heft and weight of a long bbl 44mag or med bbl 500swmag.. and none of the stopping power... :)
 

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i have a 450TI snubbie i have had and carry. Beautiful revolver. You would die if you know what I paid for it. Judges are all sold out ..
 

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I have never shot a 45 colt threw mine and I am not familiar at all with the smith and wesson version.
I bought mine for Home defense close quarters spraying of 0000 buck shot and it does great at that.
 

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I have the 2 1/2" chamber 3" barrel SS version. This is a wonderful sidearm to carry fishing and hunting. Super for snakes. I have dispatched several with mine and it does a great job (cuts them to pieces). I normally carry two chambers loaded with 410 shot-shells for snakes and three chambers loaded with .45 Colt for Hogs/wild dogs/ coyotes and such. It gives me great comfort..............Don in SC
 

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Not anymore......I used to have a .22WMR Contender barrel that was rechambered to .218bee. I sold it several years ago. It was a fun cartridge, but that particular barrel just never shot well enough to suite me. I have been looking for a good rifle in .218 Bee.......I still have the dies, but I have never found one that I wanted/ or could afford. I have a Cooper in .22 Hornet that shoots great......so hard to justify a .218 Bee..........Don in SC
 

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I always liked the Judge,,,now im thinking of buying one..I like the blued finish and I have a choice of 2,3,4" barrels...Figured it would be a nice 2nd home defense ????
I have a S&W 357 686 mag that I like too but the Judge would be more of like a novety :)

Any of you guys have one ?? Is the 45 colt ammo easy to come by ?
I have a blued Judge I bought for home defence. I ordered a 6.5" barrel, it makes it a lot more accurate. Mine has the 2.5" chamber. I shoot the ooo buck shot and I reload my own .45 Colt ammo. It's a really fun gun to shoot. I have taken out a lot of tree rats with it and it's great for gophers too.
 

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Taurus Judge 2" or 2.5" barrel -2.5"chamber
Winchester PDX1 Defender ammo
Good to go.
Not even a need for the .45colt ammo.........
but, the .45colt ammo is better in a Judge
with the 2.5" cylinder.
 

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ok so a bnib Judge 3" barrel with 2-1/2" chamber blued for 450.00

Smith Gover. 2-3/4" barrell shoots 3 different ammos..bnib 619.00
 
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