Better than either: Look for a used Ruger Service Six in .357, 4 inch.
All steel and somewhat of a classic.
Absolutely snag free and easy to extract from your pack or cargo pocket: (you will not always have it on your belt). This is not a target pistol....
Caliber choice = does it all.
Cost (not terribly high).
Reliability & Strength
4" v/s a snubbie offers adequate fun-plinking accuracy and also a bit better ballistics if you do decide to "load for bear" so to speak.
Look at them and see. Might take a gunbroker search but they turn up with some frequency.