I honestly can't believe I am saying this, but I actually DON'T want a .44mag. I have shot my dads a couple of times and its just downright uncomfortable. Maybe if the grips were different I might like it, but spending several hundred dollars on a gun I know I wont want to use is a bad idea.
Someone suggested I go with the .40 as it will penetrate more than the .45 which makes sense. Any other comments??
And by colorado critters, do you include black bears?