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 ]
Rather than spend my hard earned pennies on those cool Shoot-N-See targets or even the preprinted targets at sporting goods stores, I save a few bucks for weekend plinking sessions by using paper plates as targets. A 100 count pack of paper plates costs less than a 10 count pack of preprinted targets.
If you are playing with something like a semi auto AK, or building a young shooters confidence with a 22 or shotgun, those big eight inch blanks are perfect for putting holes in all...