I already own a Taurus Judge (handgun version of the Rossi Circuit Judge) in Stainless Steel with a 6" barrel and I LOVE IT! Having the option of a .45 Long Colt or a 410 shotshell makes it a perfect saddle gun horseback trailriding in Florida, where we encounter aggressive hogs and lots of snakes along the trail. I typically load 2-.45s and 3-410s in the 5 shot cylinder,which allows me to easily select either a bullet or a shotshell for either hogs or snakes, respectively, simply by cocking and decocking a couple times. Depending on what I expect, I'll either load the 410 with #6 birdshot or #000 buckshot.
When I found the Rossi Circuit Judge at WalMart, I simply had to have one as a scabbard gun #again for trailriding#. At our range, I used the velometer to check the .45LC muzzle velocity between the Judge 6" barrel and the Circuit Judge 16" barrel and found a 210 fps increase in velocity through the longer barrel whick adds considerable punch to both bullet and shotshell loads. I've shot about 200 - .45 bullets through the carbine and about 75 shotshells in birdshot and about 25 in #000 Buckshot. At a bench rest, the Rossi is consistently accurate to about 3" circle in 30 yards #come on, it's a handgun load not a boat tail rifle bullet# and the shotshells will drop a dove or quail out to 30 yards, assuming you're a decent wingshot. I self imposed this range limit after targeting the bullets and patterning the shotshells because I demand clean kills. The Rossi has an interchangable choke tube, but I keep mine full choked to accomodate and enhance bullet accuracy without swapping chokes all the time.
The Rossi Circuit Judge with the 16" barrel is much more accurate than my Taurus Judge handgun, even with it's 6" barrel. I assume the additional 10" of barrel makes the difference in accuracy. I've only dropped one small hog #85lbs# with the .45 Long Colt, after spot and stalking to within 20 yards, wherein I popped him directly in the heart on a quartering away shot. He ran about 20 yards, fell over and bled out, which is about typical with hog hunting. I was using 225 grain scallop jacketed hollow points, which chipped the fore leg bone and blew a 2" exit wound hole thru the opposite ribs. With good shot placement, I'm certain larger hogs could be taken, but your are risking gettin' charged.
I'm sold on the Rossi Circuit Judge as well as the Taurus Judge because of their versatilty. In my opinion, the .410/#000 Buckshot is devastating for home defense, where close encounters don't always allow pinpoint accuracy #as with a bullet#. The .45Long Colt is bothaccurate enough and heavy enough for medium game hunting #with intelligent limits# and the .410/#6 shotshell load will keep you fed on small game in a survival situation. In fact, we've eat both dove and quail on our trail rides, taken with both the Rossi and the Taurus.
As stated, these are my new trail guns....and I now carry much less ammunition #weight# than before, when packing a .30-30 Lever Action and a .44 Mag. As a comparison, I used to load the .44 Mag with shot shell cartridges, but I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with those little fine pellets, much less a crawling snake on the trail.
I'm very pleased with the purchase of my Rossi Circuit Judge from Walmart as well as my Taurus Judge #not purchased from Walmart#.