I know what most of you where thinking when you saw the title "NO!! NOT ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THREADS!!!!"
Im pretty sure we have had about 3 of these in the past month lol.
But my topic is going to be slightly different. My problem is not deciding on a caliber as much as it is trying to find a gun that I want. I am looking to get something bigger than a .44 mag in about a 2-1/2 - 4 inch barrel. I have come to the conclusion that the 44 mag will defiantly put em down with the right shot placement, but all handgun cartridges are really under powered as it is, so why go with something smaller when your buying a handgun for bear defense (If I am unable to find what I want in a hand gun I will probably go with the 44). I have been looking at the Ruger Alaskan revolvers and found I really like the versatility of the .454 model. I called up wall mart and they have those guns back ordered for !!!!60+!!!! people. The online stores appear to be the same and there isn't anything available on the online actions. So I have been looking around for a RH in .45 colt but I appears that is even harder to come by then the Alaskan in .454. I have been able to find a couple Ruger .480s but they have the 7 inch barrels and Im not sure how long that round will stay on the market. The money that I have to spend on a gun is about $750-800 max so the smith and wessons are not really in my price range. I really like Ruger single action Blackhawks and have quite a bit of experience using them but I think for me personally I need a double action for defense. So what Im looking for basically is suggestions on handguns available in the larger calibers. I am kinda to the point of not being sure of what other options are out there. (BTW Im not really interested in the glock 20 (10mm) Thanks!