I purchased a Taurus Judge when they first came out. I was impressed with the 45LC ammo, the #4 shot ammo, but the OOO buckshot (the reason I bought it) was painfully inaccurate. The following is 5 subsequent shots with Winchester Super-X .410 Bore 2 1/2" OOO Buck with 3 pellets from the 2.5" Chamber Judge with 3" Barrel at 14 yards.
I was throughly disappointed and ready to sell the gun. Then I heard of this new ammo for the Judge, actually made for it. Federal Premium Personal Defense .410 Handgun 2 1/2" OOO Buckshot with 4 pellets. This is the same gun and the same range (14 yards).
Amazing improvement. I think the trick is that the pellets of the Federal are contained within the wad therefore clustering the shot.
Taurus Judge Ultralite, 4" barrel, 2.5" chamber,
8' to Chrony
Federal 4 pellet 000 buck load
859, 874, 868 fps
Winchester 3 pellet 000 buck load
981, 928, 975 fps
Remington #9 shot (for reference)
901, 955, 930 fps
45 Colt, 255 SWC over 6.5gr green dot
758, 780 fps
With these velocities and the 71 grain ball weight it is like four 36 percussion balls hitting in a space of 2.5 inches. My thinking is that Jesse James killed pretty well with a 36 percussion and 20 ball rounds in five pulls of the trigger is impressive. I know I sound like an ad for Federal but they really did create a winner.