Originally Posted by MStarmer
I guess I need it explained to me? As far as single actions go I would have thought a Stainless Blackhawk convertible in .38/.357/9mm would give you quite a bit of versatility. Especially when trying to scrounge ammo. Obviously not the same category of big game stopper but then I would go .44 mag anyway.
There really isn't much that a .357 has over a handloaded .44 Special (and I am a big .357 fan but..) For instance on blacktail deer the 250 KSWC at 1,000-1,100 fps does all the damage of the .357 at full throttle. On larger game with the .357 you need to make a choice, do you want a bigger hole (expansion) or deeper wound (penetration)? With the .44 Special handloaded you get both and you can anneal just the tip if a KSWC to get a bit of expansion over its nominal .429 if you want.
OTOH the same bullet, if it doesn't meet enough resistance, as on small game like rabbit, will simple punch a .429 hole in and out and you can "eat right up to the hole" with very little bloodshot meat.