Taurus Raging Judge Ultra-Lite

Taurus Raging Judge Ultra-Lite

In another evolution of the Judge line, Taurus introduced the Raging Judge Ultra-Lite revolver at the 2010 SHOT Show.  The Raging Judge Ultra-Lite is a seven-shot revolver that can shoot 2.5” and 3” .410 shotshell in addition to .45 Colt.

The sights are fixed, with a fiber optic front and notch rear.  The barrel is three inches, with the gun’s weight just a touch more than 41 ounces.  Though it was not shown on the show floor, the Taurus catalog also lists a six inch barrel, which weighs a little over 47 ounces.

This revolver is not the same as the Raging Judge Magnum that chambers the .454 Casull.  Both guns are similar and are built on the same frames.  However, the Magnum chambers only five rounds of .454, .410 or .45 Colt.  This gun, the Ultra-Lite, doesn’t do the .454 Casull and instead will chamber up to seven rounds.

Taurus Raging Judge Ultra-Lite

Since the Ultra-Lite is on the same frame as the Magnum, the Ultra-Lite does have a double lock-up.  This means the gun can handle stronger loads (good for you handloaders building up some very strong .45 Colt loads,) but it is also a little slower to reload.  With practice, the reloading speed can be pretty darn quick, but it is something to consider.  I wonder if someone can build up a near .454 Casull load in .45 Colt and shoot it safely through this gun.  Certainly any of the higher-pressure loads from Buffalo Bore and others would work fine in this gun.

Raging Judge Ultra-Lite Specifications

  • model # 513ULB3
  • caliber:  .410 shotshell and .45 Colt
  • capacity:  seven cartridges
  • sights:  front fiber optic, rear fixed notch
  • weight:  41.4 ounces
  • barrel length:  three inches
  • MSRP:  $983
  • action:  double-action/single-action

Updated Information

Taurus discontinued production of the Raging Judge Ultra-Lite revolver.  They list the guns in the archived section of their website and state the gun is “No longer in current production.”  No reason was given, though almost always this means that the sales simply did not support continued production.

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Comments

  1. Where or when can I buy one and what would the price be
    thanks I love the gun and waiting to buy one
    Thank’s Mike

  2. Where or when can I buy one and what would the price be
    thanks I love the gun and waiting to buy one
    Thank’s Mike

  3. According to Taurus, both the raging judge ultra-lite/magnum should be in production by late 2010.

  4. SGT. E. G. ROCK says:

    * QUESTION *
    You list the “raging judge” as a seven shot revolver ..?
    I’ve seen the regular JUDGE (5 Shot)
    The PUBLIC DEFENDER JUDGE,(5 SHOT)
    And the ‘REGULAR’ RAGING JUDGE..(6 SHOT)
    And they are already HUGE in size…
    “”Taurus has introduced the gigantic Raging Judge Magnum.
    In additional to the standard Judge cartridges, the .410 shotshell (2.5″/3″) and .45 Colt, the Raging Judge can chamber the .454 Casull!””
    The “RAGING JUDGE” ALSO SHOOTS 454 CASULL !!!!
    Most 454 CASULL REVOLVERS are 5 shot due to the girth of the round …
    And even as a six shot, the cylinder is exceedingly big due to the wall thickness needed to accommodate the pressures of the CASULL..
    ARE YOU SURE THE RAGING JUDGE “Ultra-Lite” IS A SEVEN SHOT..?
    Feedback would be appreciated…

    • Hi Sgt-

      Taurus created a bit of confusion on this topic due to their naming strategy. The Raging Judge Magnum is a six-shot .454 Casull/.45 Colt/.410 shotshell revolver. The Raging Judge Ultra-Lite is a seven-shot .45 Colt/.410 shotshell revolver. Similar names, but different guns. My original post on the Raging Judge Magnum is here.

      -Richard

  5. update from Taurus the raging judge ultra-lite will be out in May/June 2010.

  6. I was doing some browsing and found a pre-order that would run something around a $823.00 MSRP.. CRAZY! I know!! right???… But Im gonna save my cash!

  7. update from Taurus, the raging judge ultra-lite should be out Nov/Dec 2010. I’m not sure why the date seems to change I guess it depends on who you get to answer the phone or maybe it is changing for production reasons. Who knows??? I’m still planning on placing an order after mid year and I’ll have to wait to see when it comes in. Also, Please be aware that there is now a 3″ 410 ammunition with a “0000” yes 4(O) buckshot with 5 buckshot balls. I came across it last week. It also takes a long time to come in when ordered. I’m not aware of any local stores in Georgia that sell 410 “0000” buckshot.

  8. another update from Taurus, the raging judge ultra-lite should be out Nov/Dec 2010. I’m not sure why the date seems to change I guess it depends on who you get to answer the phone or maybe it is changing for production reasons. Who knows??? I’m still planning on placing an order after mid year and I’ll have to wait to see when it comes in. Also, Please be aware that there is now a 3″ 410 ammunition with a “0000” yes 4(O) buckshot with 5 buckshot balls. I came across it last week. It also takes a long time to come in when ordered. I’m not aware of any local stores in Georgia that sell 410 “0000” buckshot.

  9. ableammo.com has a listing for $ 727.23. I don’t know anything about the website so buyer be careful.

  10. update 07-29-2010 from taurus, the raging judge ultra-lite is comming out mid August 2010. Some are undergoing QC and may have already gone out to some dealers. I can’t wait to get one.

  11. Ok, it’s mid-September. Does anyone know where they can be purchased?

  12. If anyone knows where I can buy the Raging Judge Ultra Lite, please email me at denny4850@gmail.com. thanks.

  13. I just called the manufacturer. Now they say the Raging Judge Ultra Lite won’t even begin production until “late winter, 2010!”

  14. Went to a big gun show today. None of the vendors knew when this gun might be available. Still waiting.

  15. WELL IT IS NOW NOVEMBER 2010 AND TAURUS IS STILL SAYING 30 TO 60 DAYS UNTIL RELEASE. I HAVE ALREADY GOT A SUPPLY OF 3″, 5 PELLET 0000 BUCKSHOT AT HOME BUT STILL NO RAGING JUDGE ULTRA-LITE. I HAVE BEEN WANTING ONE SINCE FEBRUARY 2010 AND HAVE HAD ONE ON ORDER SINCE AUGUST 2010. IT SURE IS TAKING TAURUS A LONG LONG TIME TO ROLL THIS PRODUCT OUT.

  16. I CALLED TAURUS ONCE YESTERDAY AND ONCE TODAY. I WAS TOLD YESTERDAY THAT THE RAGING JUDGE ULTRA-LITE WOULD NOT BE OUT UNTIL FIRST QUARTER 2011. TODAY I WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD BE OUT “HOPEFULLY BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2010″. THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE OUT AND THEY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT SINCE JANUARY 2010. I’M REALLY GETTING FRUSTRATED WITH ALL THE DELAYS AND NO FIRM DATE OF RELEASE.

  17. Almost April 2011 and Taurus still says “Coming Soon”…

  18. I CALLED AGAIN TODAY AND THEY TOLD ME NO RELEASE DATE YET, “SHOULD BE OUT BY THE END OF THE YEAR”. THAT IS WHAT I WAS TOLD LAST YEAR, ALL YEAR. ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THE END OF THE YEAR. IT WAS PUT UP FOR DISPLAY AT THE JAN 2010 SHOT SHOW. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE????

  19. I called today and was told that the raging judge ultra-lite will be out in JULY 2011. About time, but I won’t believe it until I have one in my hand. It’s been a year and a half getting this gun to market. I guess we are the lowly masses just waiting for the crumbs to fall off the table of the great ones. If I didn’t want one so much, I’d
    just not buy one to spite them. I guess that they know us pretty well and that we will gladly purchase a weapon from them whenever they decide to so graciously allow us to bow at their feet and give them our money. I guess you can tell that I am pretty ticked off.

  20. I do not believe3 Taurus makes a Lightweight Raging Judge!
    My Raging says 45LC/ 454 Casull/410 GA on the barrel and is a 6 shot heavy pistol!
    I found mine on-line in Cabelas in Maine and had it shipped to a Cabelas close to home for a fee and paid for the gun at my store.

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