I have a Taurus .44 Special that I carry with me while hunting and on canoe trips in northern Minnesota. I bought it specifically as a "bear" gun for those "just in case" situations that you always hope never arise. The Taurus model I have is stainless steel and has rubberized grips...perfect for tucking away in a pack or in any situation where a little moisture might be a problem for a blued weapon. I have had this handgun for 4 or 5 years and it has never disappointed me in it's reliability and dependability. I too compared prices when I was in the market for a large caliber handgun and couldn't justify the extra money that a Ruger or S&W would have cost me. Good luck in your hunting.
[ This Message was edited by: Live2Ride55 on 2004-03-24 12:36 ]
My biggest discomfort when it comes to hunting is my feet and when they get cold or wet my hunting fun slowly turns to a job trying to keep comfortable.
In my opinion wool socks are the only socks you should be using while hunting. Any other socks do not provide the proper insulation and if they get wet all they are good for is giving you blisters. A common myth people share is that cotton socks will keep you cooler than wool because of the lighter fabric but I have noticed that wool socks in...