Although I collect S&W revolvers and have for quite some time. My preference for a hunting revolver goes to the Ruger Redhawk. Have been hunting with a 5.5 inch .44 mag with a 300 LBT home hard cast over a good dose of H110. So far I have 4 deer with that load and it hits like a hammer. This year I am going to try my new 4 inch .45 Colt Redhawk with the same type of load.