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 ]
Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.
Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel....