I have given up on S&W. I used them for years as duty weapons and have purchased them for recreation but they are not what they were years ago.
BFR Revolvers are much higher quality and they are much easier to handle than the X-frame S&W.
Is BFR offering the same lifetime warranty? I thought it was pretty cool when I saw they chambered the 30-30 and 45/70. I think I'll stick with the 38 and 357 though. I'm actually looking to purchase a new revolver next year too. I was able to try the new S&W 686 7 shot. I was impressed. I have never had the luxury of using an older model though, so I wouldn't be able to judge it against earlier models. For what ever reason though, I am still torn apart between that and the Ruger single action Black Hawk. I don't know what it is, but I've always enjoyed the single action revolvers.
I am not impressed by brand names on guns anymore. Craftsmanship and durability as well as whether a company stands behind their product is what I look for. In the last 3 years I have returned more firearms for poor quality issues than in the previous 25+ years. The 2 brands of revolvers that I am interested in are Magnum Research BFR and Taurus. They both stand behind their products, make durable products and in my opinion sell for reasonable prices. I recently purchased a S&W 629-6 Classic 6.5" .44 Mag. revolver. I chose that revolver for sentimental reasons. I soon regretted the purchase. Accuracy and finish are poor. This is my second .44 Mag. My first was a Ruger. I traded the Ruger for a rifle.
Moose calling can get confusing to some, but cow calling is your main tool when moose hunting. If you go out and buy moose calls I would say you're wasting your money unless it is the birch bark cone. I find most store bought moose calls sounding worse than puffing a grunt your hands to make the call. You can roll up a piece of birch bark in a cone shape to use as a call and spend your money on a video that teaches you the basics of a cow call. A milk jug or a coffee can with a hole and a rope...