We are getting off the small caliber subject the OP was after.
But as for the Judge, particurally the Raging Judge, yes they are big massive guns. they are NOT a pratical choice to carry around. If you want something to holster and wear, get a properly sized gun. But there is value in the Judge. It is fun to shoot. Go out with some friends and we all love shooting the Judge. So what is wrong with that? Does every gun have to be small and conceable? I have other options for that. Some people want an enjoyable gun more then one that will fit up there ass crack comfortably. To each there own.
Now for the smaller caliber/smaller frame versions. Reading the above posts and filtering through them it sounds like you should be good with the newer (post y2k?) quality.