I want to buy a big bore hunting revolver for this year's deer firearms season. I'd prefer at least a 5 1/2" barrel with 7 1/2" being optimal. I want either a .44 special or .45 Colt. I don't want a .44 magnum because every .44 magnum revolver I've ever owned or shot ended up having something wrong with it or breaking because the cartridge was just too powerful for a handgun. That cartridge will shake a handgun to death in a very short time, and I won't ever own a handgun in that caliber again. The .44 special and .45 Colt can be loaded a little hotter than factory ammo without damaging the gun and there have been deer taken with those calibers before. In other words, they'll digest a +p level load but I'm staying away from anything rated +p+. I'm looking at a Ruger because they're notoriously tough and rugged and also reasonably priced. I was just wondering if anyone happened to have any other suggestions, I'm not aware of many other companies that produce revolvers that are primarily designed for handgun hunting. But if anyone knows of any others, then post away.