I know theres already around a million threads like this on the internet, so let me just clarify a few of my questions. Yes, I know a handgun is not as suitable for a charging bear as a rifle/shotgun, or learning to avoid bears. I'm just looking for suitable protection to protect both myself and my family, including small children while we are outdoors, whether picking berries, or taking a hike. First, I know I want a Ruger. This narrows it down to either the Redhawk .44 Magnum with the 5.5 inch barrel, or the Super Redhawk, in .454 Cassul with the 7.5 inch barrel, I'm not so stoked on the longer barrel, but I know it's always an option to have a gunsmith chop the barrel down a couple of inches for better packability and ease of draw. I like the integral scope mounts on the SRH, but I also know there are scope rails that can mount to the 5.5 inch RH. Perhaps when I eventually move down south, I can do some deer hunting with either of these. My main concern is about going too big.
Does the .454 have considerably more recoil than a ++P .44 mag load? I've read that many don't consider the .44 adequate for a charging grizzly bear, but I've also read books about bear encounters in which a number of charging bears have been brought down with a couple of .44 shots. I do know that it's all about proper shot placement, and also that a .22 has killed a grizz. I also know that some proper grips can also help tame the recoil for either caliber. Also, I'm well aware that the chances of actually having to use the gun to defend myself are relatively low. Anyways, I'm just looking for some opinions from those who have actual experience with either of these guns. Thanks for the advice.