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Taurus Judge Ammo Test: Lehigh Defense Maximum Expansion 45 Colt



(from Oct 2013)

This is the first in a series of videos for testing and evaluating Judge-specific ammo. Ammunition manufacturers have been making certain rounds of ammunition specifically designed for use in the Taurus Judge and Smith & Wesson Governor. While these .410/.45 revolver handguns can also use .45 Colt and regular .410 shotgun ammunition, the performance can be greatly improved when using ammo that is specifically designed for them.

In this test I examine Lehigh Defense Maximum Expansion. This is a .45 Colt round that uses an elongated bullet, which results in tremendous expansion. The Maximum Expansion round is a solid copper projectile weighing 220 grains, and rated on the box at 800 feet per second (although in my testing, they were substantially faster, clocking in at an average of 919 feet per second from the small Judge Public Defender, and a screaming-fast 1080 feet per second from the Raging Judge Magnum.)

I use's synthetic ballistic gelatin to determine penetration and expansion characteristics, and file 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.

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