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 ]
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...