I'm hoping for advise from some of you folks that may have experience using heavy .44 mag Hard Cast ammo in the the 300 - 320 grain bullet size range. The handgun I'll be carrying these in is a S&W 629 w/ 6" barrel. The purpose is for self defense, in the rare case that a large and furry creature in Alaska decides it's really PO'ed at me. Last resort option, needless to say.
I've Googled around a bit as well as done some reading here and found some manufacturers that I'm familiar with and some others not too much. Names that have come up so far are:
Hoping to hear from folks who may be familar with some of these cartidges. Might any of you folks have an opinion as to which you like best?
I haven't tracked down all the ballistics info on each of the cartridges yet, but here's some sample info from Garrett's for example, http://www.garrettcartridges.com/44defendertech.html
Lastly, am I right in thinking that it's maximum ft.lbs. of energy that going to determine stopping power? Garrett's has an interesting viewpoint on this. http://www.garrettcartridges.com/penetration.html
Thanks for any advise you'ld like to throw this way.