The Taurus Judge and Smith & Wesson Governor .410/.45 revolver handguns can also use .45 Colt and regular .410 shotgun ammunition. In this video I explore one of the self-defense rounds made for .45 Colt, the Speer Gold Dot 250-grain GDHP, part #23984.
Gold Dots in .45 Colt are rated on their website at 750 feet per second, from a 5.5" barrel. In my testing, they were slightly slower, clocking in at an average of 746 feet per second despite using a longer 6.5" barrel from the Raging Judge Magnum.
I use ClearBallistics.com's synthetic ballistic gelatin to determine penetration and expansion characteristics, and fire multiple rounds to get a more representative picture of what the ammunition is capable of. Testing with just one round might give you an overly pessimistic or overly optimistic view of what the ammunition can do; the more rounds you can test, the more comprehensive of a picture you can get.
Occasionally bullets in the ClearBallistics gelatin will display some "bounceback", where they don't stay at their farthest penetration but instead bounce off the end of their travel and settle somewhere closer. In this test you can see examples of significant bounceback. For cases like that, I use Charles Schwartz's Quantitative Ammunition Selection formulas to compensate and restore the true penetration depths. For more info on Schwartz's book, see www.quantitativeammunitionselection.com.
Note: I'm not making any claims for these videos other than that these are the results I achieved, in my own testing, from the stated pistol(s). I have no intention to make a blanket endorsement or indictment of any product, only to review and report what I found in a given instance. Obviously it is incumbent upon each individual to conduct their own research and make up their own mind about which defensive ammunition is best for their own purposes, in their own firearms. Also keep in mind that individual firearms can be persnickety; my Judge may feed a particular round consistently whereas your Judge might not work as well with those rounds, so -- please conduct your own testing before trusting any particular ammo.
The standards I use to judge bullet performance are the standards established at the 1987 and 1993 Wound Ballistics Conferences, and subsequently adopted by the FBI. You can read more on these subjects in my blog articles, including:
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Title: Taurus Judge/Governor Ammo Test: Speer Gold Dot 45 Colt review from Raging Judge
Sourced From: www.youtube.com/watch?v=p04Mggfnj00
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