Okay guys educate me please.
I plan to buy my first hand gun which will be used for camping in colorado and serve as a side arm as well while bowhunting. I have not shot many large bore pistols nor do I have access to try out on the range. I am looking at getting a 44 mag in either the s&w 329PD in 4" barrel(from what I hear it's the same as airlite) or ruger redhawk in 4.2" barrel.
I would like to know what gain in accuracy I could expect to gain from going from a 2.5 barrel to a 4"? How much more brutal is a hot 44mag in a 4" light gun vs heavier 2"? I simply think a 454 would be too much gun for me.
I do plan to hunt in Alaska one day, but this gun will be more for cougar, wolf, and black bear protection in the lower 48. Come to think of it, I may try it out on a few hogs as well. Could I get away with a 10MM or some semi- automatic? The desert eagle just seams too big in my hands so that option is out. I know I am asking alot of questions, but I would really like to hear your input.
My main goal is to have a gun that is very confortable to carry while on backpacking hunts, or camping with my family. Thanks guys