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Feeding The Judge

The new Winchester Supreme Elite PDX1 combines 72-grain jacketed disks with 12 BB-sized shot pellets in a single .410 load.

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The Judge remains a handful, but at close ranges the spreading pattern of the pellets and the threat-stopping power of the disks make it a formidable home-defense weapon.
The new load produces a torso-sized pattern at close range, inside of about 15 yards. This pattern shows the tight grouping of the trio of disks and the larger pattern of the BBs. The notion of the spreading pattern is that in the duress of a life-threatening situation, the average person may not be able to shoot accurately. The pattern is forgiving but lethal.
Here's how the load looks. The loaded shotshell on the right is clear to show how the disks stack on the load of BBs. On the left, the components of the load are shown on a block of ballistic gelatin.
Outdoor Life's Shooting Editor John Snow pulled this disk out of the gelatin. It showed some scoring, indicating that the disks make some contact with The Judge's rifling.
The traditional diet of The Judge is the .45 Colt hollow-points.
The Judge has a five-round cylinder.
Snow takes aim at the patterning board.
The Judge has stiff recoil, but even in an off-balance, nerve-rattling situations, the revolver points instinctively, and with Winchester's new load, should be able to neutralize situations effectively.

When Taurus introduced what it called the “ultimate personal protection firearm” three years ago, consumers raved about its ability to shoot both .45 Colt and .410-gauge shotshells. They also loved its intimidating heft and size for its ability to neutralize potential trouble before it starts. Now, Winchester has introduced a load that marries the energy of a centerfire cartridge with the patterning characteristics of a shotshell.