posted on May, 6 2011 @ 12:53 AM
I have never handled the Judge, so I can't talk about it's quality, but I've had many pieces from Taurus and have never been let down.
The ammunition issue is the one that worries me the most. As others have said .45 long colt and .410 shells aren't really that common or abundant.
For guns if TSHTF I'd want something in 9mm, 45acp, 22lr, 7.62x39, 5.56, 308, .30-06, or 12ga. Which is why I have a 9mm, 12ga, .22, 7.62x39 (and
x54r Mosin FTW heh, .44, 38, 10mm too )
Even reloading doesn't assure you will have ammo. Where are you going to get more primers? Powder? Shells will wear out eventually. Are you going to
keep hundreds of pounds of lead billet sitting around?
The size and weight of reloading equipment and supplies for a given number of rounds isn't anymore compact or lighter than the equivalent number of
complete rounds. The only thing you are saving weight and size on is the shells, which is canceled out by needing various presses, dies, smelting
I just don't see reloading as a big advantage for a SHTF situation unless you can manufacture your own quality powder. I have equipment to reload .38
special and .44 as well as tons of once fired brass, primers, and powder, but I do it because it's a lot cheaper than buying a few hundred rounds of
.38 special and .44 every time I go shooting. It takes up more space and is heavier than keeping a stockpile of a few thousand rounds of .38 or .44
would be though. I do however have a decent stockpile of 9mm, 7.62, 12ga and a few stragglers for a SHTF situation.
If you are going to be in a large commune or clan with the ability to manufacture your own powder reloading would be great, but if not carrying around
a press, die, smelting pot, various boxes of primers, shells, and powder isn't going to be as good as straight up ammo would be.
One thing I didn't think about until right now, is that if you do have to scavenge for ammo after TSHTF, I would bet other people would take actual
ammo long before taking reloading supplies. So the chance of finding some powder or primers might actually be greater than finding complete ammo.