Accessing a list in User Defaults

Say I have created a list which is stored in User Defaults. This list contains in the order of 500 file paths and the list could grow.

Is it possible to access each individual path from User Defaults via. its index or is the only way to load all the paths into an Applescript list first.

I am looking for a quick way to access the individual path by index. As the path list grows in user defaults the access time will degrade.




for this purpose I would prefer a script(-object) or a text file inside the application bundle