I'm of the opinion, that prevailing opinion, is largely a function of perception. Perception varies, but some people's perceptions are perhaps better than those of others.
Everyone KNOWS that, for Bar Defense, even a Moderately loaded 44 Mag, is MUCH SUPERIOR to a Hot loaded, Heavy bulleted 357, Mag.
If you KNOW this, HOW do you know it?
In other words, what experiences have you had, or know about, that makes this something that you can KNOW?
Hopefully, someone who has seen the effects of either or both on a BAR, or other wild, or savage beast, could respond.
Howsomever, ANY, reasoning whatever is welcome.
Was I a dummy for buying, and now packin, a 44 Mag. when I already had a perfectly good 357 Mag. with 6.5" barrel?
Smitty of the North