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Old 11-04-2010, 08:02 AM
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Does anyone , besides me own a Taurus Circuit Judge ? I just purchased one yesterday at Lock's Gun Shop in Philadelphia. I will take it to the range tomorrow to see how it shoots. I haven't found another gun shop anywhere who has this gun or pistol or rifle or shotgun. LOL.
It is made very well and is also light. There are two guards next to the cylinder to protect the shooter from gases or gunpowder. It comes with two inserts (not chokes) that allow the shooter to change them for either .410 guage shotshells or 45LC ammo. It also has a hammer extender , if you want to be able to make it even easier to use it. It also comes with a rail already mounted for a scope or red dot or anything in that field. I am looking forward to testing it out tomorrow.
By the way, the barrel is rifled.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:34 AM
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And we'll be looking forward to your report, especially accuracy in .45 Colt and shotshell patterns at 25 yards.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:07 PM
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Smile Testing the Taurus Circuit Judge

I just took the Circuit Judge, which I purchased a few days ago, and went to the range. It happens to be indoors, but that is where I shoot. The rifle/shotgun performed perfectly. There was very little recoil, and I used both the 45LC and the .410 000buckshot.
No one in the Philadelphia or Jersey area seems to know anything about the gun. LOL.
I called Taurus a few minutes ago to verify with them which .410 ammo I can use. They said the birdshot & buckshot are fine. You can also use the .410 slugs, but they didn't recommend using them on a full time basis. I guess there is something about the slugs they are very different from the other types. I do know that the indoor range doesn't allow .410 slugs to be used indoors. I presume that they are more powerful and might have an effect on their metal backstops. Anyway, the Circuit Judge is a pleasure to shoot. Just make sure you change between the two chokes. One is rifled for the .410 and the other is a smooth bore for the 45LC.

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Old 11-05-2010, 12:08 PM
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Price of Circuit Judge

The Circuit Judge lists for $618 . I paid $549 in Philadelphia.

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Old 12-01-2010, 05:42 AM
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Circuit Judge

Hi all, I've been lurking on this site for awhile and finally joined! I just want to thank everyone for all the great info that is given freely! I would just like to say I picked up my circuit judge last weekend for 449.95 in Ft. Wayne! Thought that was an outstanding price so I just couldnt pass it up! I havent shot it a whole lot yet. Ran about 3/4 box of .410 shotshells thru it and half a box of .45 and I have to say Im impressed. As long as you change out the "chokes" to the proper one. The rifled one is for the .410...its straight rifling to stop the spin of the rifled barrel and the other is just plain, no rifling for the .45 colt. At 20 yards I was getting a fairly nice pattern with the shotshells. So I think it would do good for a bunny gun. As far as the .45, the farthest I've shot it is about 40 yards or so. But I was able to hit my 5 inch steel plate almost everyshot. Im still a little skeptical about hunting with the .45 colt. Maybe headshots on bunnies but deer hunting? We'll see, Im not much into reloading but I think thats what one would have to do to get it hot enough to smoke a deer! Also the subject of you lefties out there worried about shooting the CJ...no worries, it has protection on both sides of the cylinder to protect your arm from possible gas or lead exposure! haha Sorry guys if my post is a little long. Just thought it would help.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:49 AM
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Thanks for the report, it's not long enough, let's here more when you've done more shooting.
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:39 AM
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Guess I got lucky with mine. Its got the 6 1/2 barrel. Its killed 3 hogs at 35-40 yards, and several dove with 4 shot as they flew over top of me. Im not even a very good shot with a handgun.
I agree with the free bore in the cylinder though, and have often thought of trying longer brass like 444 Marlin cases, and loading it to shoot the 45s. Not sure if Im a savvy enough handloader yet to pull it off, but it seems to me you could trim the case at somewhere around 2 inches, and whatever the OAL is in my 2.5 inch chambered Judge, maybe add a buffer of some sort between bullet and powder to match the 1.6" OAL of my 45 Colt handloads. Did that make any sense??? Sometimes I have a hard time explaining myself.

FM, Have you consider using .460 S&W brass? Which is an enlongated .454 Casul, which is a lenghten .45 Colt.

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Don't. Be fu#$ing stupid. Someone will fall in love with this and use it. Why can't you people respect this. I support every gun ever made
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:36 PM
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I just took the Circuit Judge, which I purchased a few days ago, and went to the range. It happens to be indoors, but that is where I shoot. The rifle/shotgun performed perfectly. There was very little recoil, and I used both the 45LC and the .410 000buckshot.
No one in the Philadelphia or Jersey area seems to know anything about the gun. LOL.
I called Taurus a few minutes ago to verify with them which .410 ammo I can use. They said the birdshot & buckshot are fine. You can also use the .410 slugs, but they didn't recommend using them on a full time basis. I guess there is something about the slugs they are very different from the other types. I do know that the indoor range doesn't allow .410 slugs to be used indoors. I presume that they are more powerful and might have an effect on their metal backstops. Anyway, the Circuit Judge is a pleasure to shoot. Just make sure you change between the two chokes. One is rifled for the .410 and the other is a smooth bore for the 45LC.

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I just bought a Circuit Judge and today went out into the desert to try it out.

First, it comes with 2 little "choke tubes" - a smooth one for .45 LC and another one for .410. The .410 tube is supposed to stop the shot from spinning and spreading due to the barrel rifling (full length of the barrel). Second, my CJ has protectors on both sides. The rifle feels light and I like the red/green fiber optic 3 dot sights.

Shooting results: I only tried 25 000 buck and Win PDX rounds. My results were mixed. The effect on the target was pretty devastating out to 10 yards. However, when using double-action about 1 in every 5 rounds would fail to fire (primer was hit). Retrying the same round using single-action would always fire it.

Bottom line I like the gun concept, but I will be calling Rossi on Monday morning. Will not be happy if this means I'm sending it back for repair or replacement.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:37 PM
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Id like to see a raging bull carbine 454 casull 20" barrel. With 5 ports on each side. Colt made a muzzle loader revolver in 11 Ga or. 750" caliber
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:59 PM
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Spoke with Braztech Customer Service about the double-action misfires and they told me they'd never heard of that problem. They also suggested I needed to put more than 25 rounds through the rifle to break it in.

Me, I'm suspicious of any gun that needs to be "broken in" in order to function correctly.

Still, I really liked it that one shot can put 3 or 5 thumb-sized holes in a target. Just need to be confident that every pull of the trigger will do the same.

Will post more on this as I learn more ...
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:40 PM
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Now all you non-believers of the Taurus Judge?I have one and I love it.
Federal has made a 000 buck shot that is specialy made for the
Taurus Judge.At 12 yards it throws a group the size of a grapefruit.
That's like getting hit by ( 4) .38 rounds in one pop.With
.45 L.C.?Once again it is deadly at 25 yards.I had to experiment
with the bird shot.I found Remington Long Range express in #6
shot the best.That would only be good for snakes and such.It's really
not made for bird shot,however I never planned on going dove hunting with it.
If the Carbine does well with the Federal 000 buck it will be bad to the bone.
Just like was said in earlier post?To each his own.
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:31 AM
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FM, Have you consider using .460 S&W brass? Which is an enlongated .454 Casul, which is a lenghten .45 Colt.

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I thought about that, but ended up using CBC all brass 410 hulls. I run em through my 44 mag sizing die far enough for them to chamber, ( thier is a step inside my cylinder at the end of the 45LC casing) , however, I only use shot, as the cylinder size is too small to accept a .452 bullet. I have some wicked buckshot on a string loads, and some #6s too. If you want them to group smaller shot a little tighter, load your shotshell like normal, but before your overshot card, melt a little wax in with your shot charge. The spin from the rifling will spread your shot, only at a greater distance from the muzzle.
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:29 PM
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BTW - best review I've found on the Circuit Judge is here:

http://www.gunblast.com/Taurus-CircuitJudge.htm
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:28 AM
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I wonder what would happen if you fired a 45 through the straight rifled choke? I like the idea of the Circuit Judge, seems like it would be a real handy and versatile weapon.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:54 PM
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Any notice all the new members since november postin about there.new judge? Just saying lol
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:12 AM
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I just recently bought three. One for me and one for each of my daughters. The "that's a stupid gun" thinkers need to understand WHY we owners got the Circuit Judges. No, it's not the end-all-be-all in firearms. It is a good home defense, trail, camp, or survival piece. It's enough power, in a small but controllable package, to handle home defense. Light enough to carry easily on the trail. Could handle most survival situations. Can be handled by man, woman, or child. Sure, all these situations probably have guns more suited to each purpose, but the CJ is a good compromise of power, versatility, and ease of use. No, it's not a 600 yard varmint buster, but it could probably keep you fed if need be. It's probably not the best choice for personal defense, but it is a man stopper.
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I just recently bought three. One for me and one for each of my daughters. The "that's a stupid gun" thinkers need to understand WHY we owners got the Circuit Judges. No, it's not the end-all-be-all in firearms. It is a good home defense, trail, camp, or survival piece. It's enough power, in a small but controllable package, to handle home defense. Light enough to carry easily on the trail. Could handle most survival situations. Can be handled by man, woman, or child. Sure, all these situations probably have guns more suited to each purpose, but the CJ is a good compromise of power, versatility, and ease of use. No, it's not a 600 yard varmint buster, but it could probably keep you fed if need be. It's probably not the best choice for personal defense, but it is a man stopper.
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Question Saw Off My Circuit Judge

I live in Montana, and bought my Circuit Judge with the intent of cutting the stock off, to form a wood pistol grip (unavailable for the normal Judge Pistol) and leaving the long barrel for a while and maybe cutting it down Do i need a $200 SBS From BATF? Just to modify the stock? To modify the barrel? (to around 10")
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