I have to agree with Jonesee, carry the gun if you must and whatever one you need and feel safe with. Some of you act like your going into war at Iraq
Most of the time when hunting in small game armed with only a 12ga and #6 steel, I have no fear of that from animals hog or not. If one if brave enough to charge me, he will get a face full of whatever I have chamber. I do carry 1-3 rounds of buck in a front pocket, since hogs are allowed in most of my areas during small game.
fwiw, I hardley carry a pistol any more for backup from furry animals, but for carry aganist 2 legs upright animals.