Taurus .45/.410 shotshell.


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real_name
November 15, 2006, 09:31 PM
I was watching Personal Defense TV last night and saw an ad for this Taurus revolver. It was being sold as a close quarters defense option, in the ad someone being carjacked uses it.
It is shown hitting a close target with two shotshells and causing a LOT of damage.
I'm not sure how new or old this is but it impressed me as a truck gun.
Anyone have any recommendations or opinions?

http://www.taurususa.com/images/imagesMain/44-410L1side.jpg

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Phlegyas
November 15, 2006, 11:08 PM
I could see that when loaded with shotshells and aimed at the upper torso/head area that you could blind an assailant long enough to escape. The advantage is that at point blank range it would leave a nasty wound and the risk to people downrange is miminal. However, the shotshell might not stop a bad guy. A good 45 colt hollowpoint silvertip/gold dot leaves a rather devasting wound. I bet even the 410 slug ammo would be impressive, except for that on other threads they say it comes apart rather easily. This could be a good thing again if you worry about overpenetration.

I have the 6.5 inch model and I bought it for hunting and I absolutely love it. At 45 feet shooting offhand with 45 cowboy loads you could cover the group with the bottom of a coke can. At the same distance, the grouping of Remingtion sluggers was just about an inch and a half larger. With buckshot, the groups at 10' made it all in the torso area of the standard b-27 target. The pattern varied from triangle groups to vertical stringers. At car jacking distance, the bad guy should say his prayers. Other posts discount the buckshot load and its penetration capabilities, but it will leave 3 holes each time you fire. I know I don't want 3 pieces of .36 caliber invading my personal space.

With this type of versatility I am seriously considering getting the shorter barreled version as well. I just wonder how the shorter barrel is with velocity. I can bet a handloader who specializes in shotgun shells could come up with quite a variety of loads for this thing though. Plus, this thing is fun. I showed some shooting buddies at the department this gun and when I cleared the cylinder of the 410 slugs it opened some eyes.

I know, long winded but that is my input from the experience I have.

borrowedtime69
November 16, 2006, 01:38 AM
i'll bet the .45 LC ammo is really good for this gun, but in my S.A. M6 survival gun in .22 Lr/.410 i use Winchester 5 pellet 000 Buckshot loads for defense. wonder how good that would perform outta the Taurus ?

MatthewVanitas
November 16, 2006, 02:09 AM
I have the 6.5 inch model and I bought it for hunting and I absolutely love it.

Not to hijack, but what do you hunt with yours?

My uncle says that his parish priest used to pot-shoot quail from his old Willys jeep, using a .410 "game getter" pistol.


-MV

WC145
November 16, 2006, 10:50 AM
I have a blued 3" and love it, it is absolutely the most versatile gun I've ever owned. It shoots well and is quite accurate. I bought for a nightstand gun and to carry when I'm working outside in the fields and woods. I keep it loaded with 1 rd of #4, 2 rds of 000 buck, 2 rds of 250gr Gold Dot HP. The speedloader for my .44spl Bulldog works perfectly with this gun and the .45's so I keep it loaded with 5 more rds of the Gold Dots.

i'll bet the .45 LC ammo is really good for this gun, but in my S.A. M6 survival gun in .22 Lr/.410 i use Winchester 5 pellet 000 Buckshot loads for defense. wonder how good that would perform outta the Taurus ?

The Taurus will only fire 2 1/2 inch .410 shells.

real_name
November 16, 2006, 11:06 AM
What's the recoil like firing shotshells from a handgun?

WC145
November 16, 2006, 11:20 AM
Stout but manageable. I haven't shot any slugs but the buckshot kicks harder than the .45's. It's like a big, sharp push but the ribber grips really help. You can double tap with it if you hang on - BOOM BOOM - 6 holes, you gotta love it.

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