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I finally found a range that will let me shoot buckshot, so I took the four types of ammo I have for it. Results are from 25 feet.
1) Hornady Triple Defense (.41 caliber FTX round backed by two .35 caliber balls) - Typical dispersion between 3" to 6", all hit in vital areas. This has become my go to round for defensive use.
2) Nobel Sport 3 pellet 000 Buck- 6" dispersion, all hit in vital areas
3) Magtech 45 LC 250gr Cowboy Action Loads - Consistent groupings of 2" to 3"
4) Winchester PDX-1 .410 (3 copper disks, 12 copper BBs) - The disks dispersed about 6-8", but the BBs were everywhere, including off of a 16" wide target.

The only round I would not recommend is the PDX-1. The dispersion of the BBs is so large that they would be nothing more than an annoyance. It might do better in a longer barreled Judge, but it is not a great fit for the 2 1/2" barrel of the Public Defender.
 

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I bought 1 box of the PDX, and found that same result. The Hornady triple defense seems to me, to be the most predictable. I prefer 255 gr. hollow point half jackets rather than the cowboy loads. Full power, and very accurate.
 

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The 2 loads that I like are the Hornady Triple Defense & the Federal OOO buckshot. The Federal load is usually in my Poly Public defender.
 

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Next you should try out Federal Premium .410 Handgun 000 Buck, that's my primary Home Defense load, and based on my research it appears to be the most effective.
 

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Next you should try out Federal Premium .410 Handgun 000 Buck, that's my primary Home Defense load, and based on my research it appears to be the most effective.
I have a bunch of the Nobel Sport 000, and it performed well, so unless there is something particularly different about the Federal 000, I think I'm good. Thanks, though.
 

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Federal top choice never had the chance to try noble. I have distance accuracy thread somewhere here. Plus shootingthebull410 is a must view on you tube.

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I have a bunch of the Nobel Sport 000, and it performed well, so unless there is something particularly different about the Federal 000, I think I'm good. Thanks, though.
The stuff by Federal was designed specifically for the Judge's 3" rifled barrel whereas the Nobel Sport ammo you tested was obviously designed for a shotgun with an 18"+ unrifled barrel, ergo the Federal ought to get higher velocity, deeper penetration, less shot spread/deformation, and deeper penetration.
 

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The stuff by Federal was designed specifically for the Judge's 3" rifled barrel whereas the Nobel Sport ammo you tested was obviously designed for a shotgun with an 18"+ unrifled barrel, ergo the Federal ought to get higher velocity, deeper penetration, less shot spread/deformation, and deeper penetration.
Thanks for the info.
 
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