I have raised a whole clan of gun nuts. I have supplied most of the energy behind our way of thinking and most of the guns. The family keeps getting bigger and my stash of guns keeps getting deployed. I must pause to say that all of my grown children and their spouses have permits to carry that also serve as permits to acquire. My grandkids are at the age where they are starting to take interest in hunting and shooting. There are a few guns that are mine and stay where they are but my kids know that they can take the other guns and ammo for the purpose of teaching the grandkids and their friends. They all know that grandpa frowns strongly on waisting ammo. The 10/22s do not have 25 round magazines and each round fired needs to have an intended target. As my off spring get proficient with a certain firearm they often lay claims to that firearm. I really don't care as long as it is evenly spread through out and they intend to keep the gun.
I recently took inventory of my handguns to see who had what. Everyone is happy with how they are distributed and all were accounted for. As for me I still have one Glock 22, a Ruger MKII target pistol, a Kahr 9mm and a Ruger Blackhawk 44. I can accomplish anything that needs accomplished with that line up. However! Most of my deer hunting these days is done with a handgun. My son has been eyeballing my Super Blackhawk. He is at the point where he sees the need for a sidearm while hunting. He's going to end up with it anyway one day. So I have decided to find me a different deer handgun and pass on the BlackHawk. A recent thread or two on the 10mm got my attention. Then a youtube video from hickok45 really got me excited about a Glock 20 in 10 mm with a longer barrel. I decided to give it a day or two so as not to act on impulse. I went down in my reloading room and did some inventory. I have 750 rounds of 44 mag already loaded. That lot is made up of about half target loads and half deer hunting loads. I have another 400 rounds of brand new brass and a bunch of bullets. Common sense says that since I don't have a single 10mm brass in the joint that the only wise thing to do is go with another 44 mag. So I have decided to do just that. I want a 44 that can also be a carry gun if I decide to carry it. I am stuck between one of the new S&W Combat Masterpieces with a 4.25 inch barrel and a 5.5 inch Redhawk(with a Hogue grip).
Nobody knows more about the 44 mag revolvers than the folk on this forum so......Old EKC is looking at possibly his last ever deer hunting/ carry side arm purchase. Guide me with your wisdom fellas! The RedHawk or the S&W?