I've always wanted a 'thumper'. Something that could take down Bigfoot, Yeti, a Grizzly, in pistol form (revolver most likely). I don't mind the recoil. Granted, biggest handgun caliber I have is .45ACP. I have fired friends .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum hot loads through their Ruger Super Blackhawks. It's not something I'll shoot a lot, or even hunt with. Just a fun, big boom gun. I'd reload too. Still questioning if I want it scoped. I'm mostly looking at .454 Casull. I was set on a single-action revolver, but I guess Ruger doesn't make a Blackhawk in .454? Freedom Arms makes a sweet .454, but it's a little high on price. Also, on the .454, I'd definitely warm up to it with the .45 Colt it can shoot also. Continuing on the .454, I toyed with the idea of something I could actually carry on my hip. So, the Ruger Alaskan would fit that best. Also on the Redhawk, I'm a lefty, but can manipulate revolvers just fine. Prefer the Redhawk vs a single-action just based on reloading speed, but I'd prefer the trigger of a single-action vs DA/SA. I know Taurus makes some .454 revolvers, but I'm not too keen on Taurus, as a whole. I owned one of their 851 Protectors, and it was ok. I know of a couple of friends who have had troubles with Taurus' semi-autos. Basically, no Taurus. Then, I realized S&W's .460, which can shoot .454 and .45 Colt too. I like that bonus of three calibers in one. Budget wise, I could just go out and get a .44 Blackhawk and be pretty happy, but I'd like to go bigger. For some reason, I'm not too interested in a .500 S&W. So, anything between .44 and .460. What do you all think, or have.