I would HIGHLY recommend the .454 Casull...you can shoot .45 Colt, which is relatively comfortable to shoot, through it as well!.44 mag, 454 casul, 480 ruger. Which should I get?
I think you are very right about the future demand for big bore revolvers. I meet younger members of the newest shooting generation complaining of the very harsh recoil of their 9mm handguns. One large 6' tall 200 pound tough guy at the LGS this week was telling the clerk he shot several rounds from his friend's S&W J-frame .357 magnum and his hand and arm went numb and was still sore a week later. I laughed and told him my 5' tall petite wife carries one and qualifies with it.....Where will it all end? With a whole bunch of monster guns no one wants to carry or shoot, and some future generation scratching their noggins wondering, "What the heck made Grandpa buy such a bizarre revolver?"
Andy, I would check ammo prices and availability in your area as others have pointed out already. .454 Casull is rare around here and what you do find can run $2 each. .44 mag probably makes more sense from an economy standpoint and there's not much it won't do for you. If I were in the market for an Alaskan I would go with .44 mag..44 mag, 454 casul, 480 ruger. Which should I get?