An Ammunition First

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posted on August 6, 2013
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The stock number “S41045PD” is for an ammunition product from Winchester. While the company has offered what shooters need since the frontier days, this product is a first for the company. Intended for use in a revolver, Winchester have combined two different calibers in one box. It is a combo pack of 10 rounds of .410 shotgun shells and 10 rounds of .45 Colt cartridges, intended for the very popular Taurus Judge and S&W Governor revolvers. Both rounds will fire in either gun and, at close ranges, the terminal effect is formidable.

A year or so back, I did a very detailed evaluation of special .410 loads for use in these unique new revolvers. After several shooting sessions, I was able to determine that this .410 load patterned better than all the others. It uses three solid “Defense Discs” atop 12 BB shot. The BBs tend to pattern around the point of impact of the discs. There’s also ten .45 Colt cartridges, in which we see 225-grain hollow points at 850 fps-a time tested recipe for stopping fights.

It’s very different packaging for special purpose ammo. Interestingly enough, the black, almost cubical box takes a typical twenty-hole styrofoam tray. Ten holes take the long .410 shotshells; the other ten are for the .45 Colt cartridges. Above the latter, there is a bit of extra space that the maker partitions off with folded bit of tagboard. Maybe even enough for a few rounds of .45 ACP; after all, the Governor is a triple-caliber defense revolver.

Some jurisdictions prohibit the possession and use of a shotgun/revolver, so check your local statutes before using one.

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