So, ive been searching for a small good carry weapon for hiking, fishing, etc... been searching high and low for a ruger alaskan but to no avail. found a 629 backpacker today in .44, sweet gun, and since no one knows when they will get an alaskan in, im considering going with this one instead. ive heard it will take 300 grainers all day long, but i know the alaskan is very tough too, and probably tougher. i havent been able to find much info on the 629 backpacker though and thats got me a little worried. does anyknow have much experience with this gun? i found it for i believe $899, which is pretty pricey. could have been 799 though. i think ill shop around if this gun is worth it, otherwise ill just have to suck it up and wait for an Alaskan to come in. By the way, i live in Anchorage.