I have come to the conclusion that I am unable to keep a .357. Every one, that I have ever owned, I have given to someone who needed it more than I. So, I am looking for another nice revolver. However, this time, I have opted to step-up into the 40 caliber (big bore) arena. I want a do-it-all pistol: one that I can stick in the truck, or under the seat of the Super Tenere. I want a pistol that I can take into the Texas Hill Country, or out to check on my Dad's place, that will stop man or beast equally as easy. I am a huge fan of Ruger revolvers (their autos, not so much). I have owned a few (of their revolvers), and feel that they are built like tanks. Anyhoo, the Ruger Super Redhawk "Alaskan" has had my eye, for quite some time... My quandry is this: Which one to buy. They make it in .454 Casull (probably wayyyy overkill), and .44 Mag. If you were buying one of these pistols, which would you buy?...and why? Practicality tells me that I can buy .44 ammo just about anywhere, and can load the .44 with "Specials", if I wish. However, the show-off in me knows that the first person, that I show the .44 to, will say something like, "Oh, it's the .44. Why didn't you get the .454?" Revolver guys chime-in, please... .