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Old 09-21-2010, 02:53 AM   #1
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Hello,

I was out looking at SxS doubles tonight (nothing in .410, which is what I'm wanting this time around).

This caught my eye:



Fondled it a bit, and except for a loose stock, it felt good. It has a shield so as to keep the forearm safe from blast from the cylinder gap.

Very light. .45 Colt/.410 shotgun. I don't like the .410 shotgun part, but hey, if it's rifled all the way down, no biggie.

If it holds 4" at 100yds, I'd consider it as a light deer gun with the .45 Colt loads.

However, I'm first looking for opinions. These things are not cheap, and I want to know that they'll hold together. The stock would also be refinished (the wood wasn't done well, but looks like everything else was).

The one I looked at had both a 'scope mount and iron sights; I think the 'scope mount is sort of laughable for a carbine of this type, but you never know.

Shouldering it, it felt gooood.

If it shoots and holds up well, I'm sold.

Opinions? Has anyone seen this thing yet?

Thanks,

Josh

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Old 09-21-2010, 04:08 AM   #2
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Well, it's certainly interesting... It looks like it was made from a Taurus Judge, right?

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The new Circuit Judge, price $618 MSRP. I have to check it. My local Sports Authority and a few Walmart's carry it, based on the Rossi website. Looks interesting!

http://www.rossiusa.com/product-details.cfm?id=190&category=15&toggle=&breadcrumbs eries=

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It would be even nicer if it were in .38-55 Winchester.

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hi my name is raymond i just recently purchased a circut judge from a local shoot shop for 459.99 and absolutly love it. i used a raised rail for my scope so i could use the iron sights for when i shot .410. at a distance of 100 yards i grouped 2'' with 45 longs and believe me it is a fun gun. my wife even shoots it. i would recomend any new shooter or even an experianced one who is looking for a gun like this to not pass it up and give it a chance. for an adverage price of 525.00 it is still a nice gun. and hopefully lookinng foward to interchangeable barrels and cylinders. would love to see a .357 and possably even a longer .22 but what would be really nice is a four shot .500 lol for when you need to get dirty hahahaha

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hi my name is raymond i just recently purchased a circut judge from a local shoot shop for 459.99 and absolutly love it. i used a raised rail for my scope so i could use the iron sights for when i shot .410. at a distance of 100 yards i grouped 2'' with 45 longs and believe me it is a fun gun. my wife even shoots it. i would recomend any new shooter or even an experianced one who is looking for a gun like this to not pass it up and give it a chance. for an adverage price of 525.00 it is still a nice gun. and hopefully lookinng foward to interchangeable barrels and cylinders. would love to see a .357 and possably even a longer .22 but what would be really nice is a four shot .500 lol for when you need to get dirty hahahaha
Thank you Sir!

I've been searching for a lightweight rifle to accompany me in the woods.

The AR platform has been looking like the one I'd go with as I'd like to build a precision varminter rifle in .223 (I refuse to say "sniper rifle"... heh). Don't really like the AR; doesn't feel right to me, but my other choice, the Keltec 5.56 rifles, have a reported habit of breaking. This is a real shame as it would be the perfect rifle for my needs.

If the Circuit Judge is, indeed, holding up, then it will become a candidate for the light rifle "break contact with bad critters" rifle of choice!

Thanks again Sir!

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Hello,

I was out looking at SxS doubles tonight (nothing in .410, which is what I'm wanting this time around).

This caught my eye:



Fondled it a bit, and except for a loose stock, it felt good. It has a shield so as to keep the forearm safe from blast from the cylinder gap.

Very light. .45 Colt/.410 shotgun. I don't like the .410 shotgun part, but hey, if it's rifled all the way down, no biggie.

If it holds 4" at 100yds, I'd consider it as a light deer gun with the .45 Colt loads.

However, I'm first looking for opinions. These things are not cheap, and I want to know that they'll hold together. The stock would also be refinished (the wood wasn't done well, but looks like everything else was).

The one I looked at had both a 'scope mount and iron sights; I think the 'scope mount is sort of laughable for a carbine of this type, but you never know.

Shouldering it, it felt gooood.

If it shoots and holds up well, I'm sold.

Opinions? Has anyone seen this thing yet?

Thanks,

Josh
First off, I would be concerned about other aspects of quality if the stock was loose.

You don't like the shotgun part, so there goes any advantage to having this setup over any other single-caliber rifle.

4-inch groups at 100 yards are okay with you? On a deer, that much of a variance could be the difference between a fatal hit, an injuring (inhumane and tracking) hit, or a complete miss. And what if your shot is MORE than 100 yards? That increases the chance of the latter two possibilities exponentially.

If I were you, I'd take a pass.
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i would go for a really nice used lever gun in 45lc over a frankengun. but its up to you. the judges dont have a very good track record.

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Awesome looking gun. I would love to own one.

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I agree w/ JonM. The Judge has some issues. A lever gun would be a better choice. I picked up a full sized 1892 Rifle from these guys a few years ago. Mine is in .44-40. Great rifle! $475.00 OTD.
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