I can't answer your question directly only with what I have found with my 3" barrel, .25" cylinder Judges. Both are accurate at self defense distances with 000 Buckshot but open up radically after that. Both are also very accurate with .45 Long Colt ammunition as long as you pay attention to your fundamentals. If your concern is missed shots going through a wall in a self defense situation, you will be fine. Most encounters are quite close and well within the capabilities of what the Judge was designed for.