What do I carry? When I could encounter something larger than a cougar, I've got a M58 S&W .41 Mag on my hip, loaded with max-loaded SWCs. If I feel that cougars are the max, such as the trees...The load is a 170gr lead bullet at about the same as a .40 or 10mm.
Other times I carry a 1911 full-frame .45.
I feel quite comfortable with either.