I generally start out by thinking about the most difficult to stop critter I might deal with and go from there. I figure anything less can just file a butthurt report form if I shoot them too hard.
For long time my Choice has been a 4" 629, 4" model 58, or 4 5/8 Blackhawk .41 mag. I also have a couple of .45 colts I can load heavy.
Because my "worst" here is likely to be black bear or a meth monkey I may be picking up one of the RIA 1911-type 10mms. I have so many holsters for 1911s it isn't hard to find a comfortable one. I load heavy for the 10s I have, but they are double stacks and when it gets to being that thick, I'd rather have the revolver power than the double stack capacity in the woods.
"Oh bother" said Pooh, as he punched the magazine release...
In some peoples minds "What if?" is just as real as What Is.
Think good thoughts about Ronny moving to the Netherlands ASAP