Greetings, posted this in the revolver forum before I found this forum, so bear the redundancy. I am an experienced rifle hunter, but am now looking for my first hunting handgun. My only handgun now is an inherited S&W 38 Spcl. A new gun will be multipurpose -- bear control (after bear spray), plinking, perhaps wild hogs, maybe whitetail, other quarry as the opportunity arises. I shoot a lot of deer in MN, with a variety of weapons. Semi-retired, so now going after the bucket list -- moose and caribou way up north, elk out west, maybe red deer in NZ, and an Africa trip in the early planning stages. I was looking at the new 429 Desert Eagle but a friend is a big S&W Perf. Center advocate and is steering me in that direction. Choices are down to the 460 XVR 7.5" or one of the hunting 44 Mags. I like the accuracy of the 460 and already own a 460 barrel for my TC rifle. Also, would prefer more energy for the unwanted, mean and nasty encounters. I can likely practice enough to handle recoil of the bigger gun, develop confidence and decent skill level, and am of a physique that can handle it. I have perused like questions on this and other forums, but wanted to present my specific needs. Thanks for sharing your opinions and wisdom.