My ruger super Redhawk in 44mag is just too heavy. My 1911 in 45 acp is under powered. The 357 kinda splits the difference IMHO.I love my LCR in 357. I haven't heard of an exposed hammer model coming out, but you never know.
On other note, I'm not sure if I would be packing that particular gun for bear and cat protection. I'm pretty proficient to about 7-8 yards with that weapon. That's what it was designed for. I might be packing something a bit more for bears. Just my opinion.
How do you carry your SRH? I got a chesty puller rig with a sourdough pancake for my 6" GP100 from Simply Rugged and it distributes the weight nicely.My super Redhawk in 44mag is just too heavy. My 1911 in 45 acp is under powered. The 357 kinda splits the difference IMHO.
We used to go on forced marches with a 90lb pack just for exercise. Once we were deployed we carried more than 90lb. Start with 1 mile hikes and work your way up to 10 or 12 miles. To make progress you need to hike 2 or 3 times a week.I completely agree with the power factor issues, but I'm literally counting grams for one-week trips. The Redhawk in 44mag is great for over nighters. Once your pack hits 50 lbs you'll be thinking of any way to drop a couple ounces. I currently only put 6 rounds in the 1911 just to lose some grains of weight.