I realize this has been discussed here and in other forums and I've reviewed several of those. I also really don't need to hear the joke about filing off the front sight, heard it before too. I'll be carrying a backup gun for bowhunting Montana, Wyo and Colorado and also want a carry gun when scouting the Beartooths this summer for Montana unlimited sheep.
What I'd like to hear is if anyone has any experience with any of the guns listed below, especially if anyone has actually hunted medium or large game with them. I'll probably choose a .44 magnum knowing the the limitations with this caliber on big bears, although would consider a 454 Casull or 500 S&W if I could find one light enough for holster carry. I realize that any large bore light pistol will kick like hell but I hope to not be shooting it too much An alternative is a Marlin GG .45-70 but again pretty heavy.
S&W 29 Mountain Gun .44Mag
S&W 329PD .44 Mag
S&W Alaskan .44Mag
Ruger or other Single Action .44 (any comments on single vs DA as a defense gun also appreciated)
Does anyone have any experience with a 10mm semiauto on game?
Thanks for any help.