I'm thinking of picking up a lightweight revolver for hiking. I'm comfortable shooting .44 mag rounds, and feel that going higher (.454 casull, .500 S&W) would be too much for my skill level. Likewise, I get the imipression that a scandium gun like the Smith 329 would also be too much - I held one in a sporting goods store and couldn't believe that people could manage to control magnum rounds in the thing.
So, that brings me to short-barreled .44s like the 3" or 4" model 629 and the Ruger Alaskan. I'm drawn to the 3" 629, but I'm curious: does anyone think it would make an adequate hiking gun? What off-the-shelf loads would people recommend?