What is it with the latest fascination for really short barreled large caliber revolvers??? I think that any .44 Mag revolver with a barrel under 4" just loses velocity without being that much lighter or easier to carry. After all, they tend to be BIG guns.
I have found that a 4" .barrel to be about the right size for woods carry although in reality a 6" carries about the same. Remember, I am talking about carrying it in a hip holster. If the weather is warm and I am not wearing a coat, I prefer to use a shoulder rig.
If I am just hiking, I always take the 29
For hunting I usually bring the 629-4 Classic DX. This gun is crazy accurate.