I prefer small and fast.
Magnumitis is rampant.
The myth that a 3/32 inch larger hole and the 2,000 ft/lbs in the tree on the other side of an animal kills the animal faster is widely believed.
I am a victim of neither.
Modern defensive handgun calibers are equally (in)effective. Any of them will perform the same.
In hunting and SD, shot placement matters.
Magnum and other "power" factors are irrelevant.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.