On a fall brown bear hunt, I may bring a handgun, primarily because I may be fishing with my dad (or more likely watching him fish) for a few days after we (hopefully) kill two 11-ft (kidding) monster brownies.
I have two revolvers appropriate to consider taking: a 5-1/2” Ruger Redhawk 44 Mag and a 7-1/2” Freedom Arms Model 83 Premier Grade in .454 Casull. After looking closely at the outer-limit loads available for the .44 for the first time, I am inclined to take the more-comfortable Ruger, subject to your guys’ advice and recommendations.
First off, will the Ruger Redhawk safely fire crazy stuff like the 1250 fps Cor-Bon 305gr Penetrator Flat Point or even the Buffalo Bore 1325 fps 305gr loads?
If so, I assume that they will not perform quite as well as the Cor-Bon .454 320 Grain Flat Nose Penetrator rounds at 1600 fps/1819 ft-lbs, but is it good enough considering that the .44 is a lot more convenient?
The .454 only weighs a couple ounces more, but it is a lot longer and more difficult to holster/un-holster. I have hunted with the F/A, and I think it's great for that, but I think I can draw and fire the Ruger more quickly, unless there is a way to unholster and fire the F/A that I have not thought of.
Based on those two options, assuming you were going to bring a revolver, which one of the two would you guys bring? If you prefer the F/A, what holster would you use?
Thanks in advance for any advice.