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Old 11-15-2015, 04:35 PM
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Recently picked up a Governor. Mainly setting it up for my gal as a go to home defense gun.
We tested some ammo today to see which type she was most comfortable shooting with and also to see how effective they were.

I know there's some members here with Judges and Governors also so I thought I'd share what we found.

I tested the following, each were 2.5":
Federal Personal Defense 410 "000" (four 36 caliber balls)
Federal PD 410 4 shot
Hornady triple defense 410 (41 caliber slug and two 35 balls)
I forgot to load the Whinchester PDX1

In the end the Federal "000" was a breeze for her to shoot. The recoil wasn't much at all. It was actually a lot of fun for her to shoot. So that's what we'll stick with. If any of you have considered getting a Judge or Governor for your wives the Federal "000" is what I'd go with.
The Hornady had significant more recoil and felt like you were shooting a 41 caliber round.
The 4 shot was mostly testing to see what kind of pattern it put out.

The Governor itself performed in typical S&W fashion. We went with the Governor because it felt better in her hand than the Judge and it also carries one more round.

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The first is the Federal "000". Here's a cantaloupe shot at 10'. On paper at 15' the four balls consistently made 4 separate holes in a tight 3" group. At 25' the pattern spreads out to a 6" shot group.
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Next is the Hornady, slug and two balls. Cantaloupe is again at 10'. You'll notice the damage to the cantaloupe is more severe than with the 000. At 15' on paper it makes a 3" shot group with one larger hole and the two balls nearly on top of one another. At 25' it's similar to the Federal 000 just three holes instead of four.
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Here's a squash shot with the Federal 4 shot at 10'. Nice pattern and maybe half made it out the back of the squash.
Not a self defense round in my opinion but great for snakes.
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For the hell of it I tested Liberty ammunitions new very light but fast rounds.
I used a 357.
These rounds were 50grain and 2100 fps. They're supposed to fragment and make a big wound channel. This round went straight through the squash not causing much damage on the back side at all.
It did knock down the recoil from the 357 significantly.
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For comparison here's Federals 125gr JHP. The squash had an entirely different outcome than with the Liberty 357 rounds.
I normally shoot with and carry this ammo. I think I'll stick with it.
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Nice write up Revenge. Please test the PDX1. I'd love to see that Cantaloupe after you shoot it.
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So to be clear, are you now NOT recommending the Revenge ammo? In past , you seemed to like it. Just curious.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
So to be clear, are you now NOT recommending the Revenge ammo? In past , you seemed to like it. Just curious.


I'll do some more testing with it. It sure didn't do much to this squash. I'll try a cantaloupe next time. I also have some 38 I'll be testing.
It gets an A+ for knocking down the recoil on this little 357. It felt more similar to a 38.
Here's the back side of the cantaloupe with the Liberty round.
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Another fresh squash up against the Federal 125gr JHP 357.
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Poor vegetables, they aint never did nuthin to nobody.
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Cool, practical test.

Thanks for sharing all of that.
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Originally Posted by doradohunter View Post
Poor vegetables, they aint never did nuthin to nobody.
The animals eat well after.

Which fruit/vegetable do you guys think is most like a human head? Or which vege would you like to see testing on?
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Coconut.
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Coconut hard outside shell and not much on the inside, should match up to the thugs head fairly well
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Coconut filled with a gelatin gel.
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Very tight patterns for a short barreled .410, I'm impressed.
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