I've been thinking of buying a contender pistol lately. The main purpose of this pistol would be to always carry it in the day pack on fishing trips and general out and about trips. Basically times I do not want to take my rifle when chances are I won't see an animal and when hunting isn't the primary reason for the trip.
I would like two calibers. One for predators and one for bears and possibly moose. So the calibers I have been thinking about are .223 and maybe the 375 JDJ. The larger caliber is still up in the air.
I do have a few concerns. I have shot an encore rifle but I have never fired a contender or encore pistol. I have been told shooting one of these pistols is somewhat different than your typical wheel gun or semi-auto, and the adjustment can be challenging. Personally I can't say. Also I don't know if I should go with the Encore pistol instead and maybe use a barrel in the 308 or 30-06 or 500S&W. Another concern would be recoil. I don't need a hunting handgun that I am leery to shoot. I really do not want a handgun that hits harder than my 329PD.
I am just looking for some advice that will help me make an informed decision. Go easy I’m still learning.