MB44, those prices are even worse than what we pay in Argentina! I'm suddenly feeling a bit better about our trade agreements with Brazil.
Anyway, I had a Judge for a while. I bought it because it seemed fun, and I just couldn't find a use for it. For every task there seemed to be a better suited gun in my collection.
For home defense, five .410 shots without a quick reload might not be enough in a city where home invasions are carried out by three or more criminals. If I'm going to have five shots, I'd rather use 3" 12 gauge shells loaded with 00 buckshot. And 15 .45acp rounds out of my P14-45 are better than 5 .45LC from the Judge.
It's just too bulky for concealed carry, a Ruger GP100 is easier to conceal! Additional ammo is also on the large side. I think there are much more effective weapons that are easier to tote around every day.
Many people think it's a good choice to fend off a carjacker, I don't drive so I can't comment on this use.
Woods bumming was the one area where I could see a future for my Judge, as a snake gun that was versatile enough to handle an SD situation in a pinch (with .45LC rounds) or function as an emergency hunting gun for small game (with .410 shells).
Sadly, my Judge's frame cracked after less than 50 Magtech cowboy action loads. I took it back to the gunstore and got a new Remington 870.
If you haven't read it yet, here's a short review of the Judge on the Box o' truth. The Box O' Truth #41 - The Taurus Judge Vs. The Box O' Truth - Page 1