Having spent a short time in Alaska courtesy of Uncle Sugar, forget the handgun. The locals advise to have a 12 guage loaded with slugs on hand. In addition, I talked to a guy that was charged by a grizzly and was lucky enough to drop it with the last round from his .303.What would be the best revolver to use if a bear was attacking you?
The biggest,heaviest bullet revolver that you can shoot great is better than a even bigger handgun that you can't shoot as good or are semi-scared to shoot. I can see no circumstance where my .454 casull loaded with hard cast bullets wouldn't do the trick. I've used this cartridge for years,can rely on instinct/training instead of having to think about anything except shot placement,and am very familiar with it. Virtally every animal on earth has been taken with this cartridge in expert hands sucessfully. Why should I change to the s&w 500???